India’s time has arrived: PM Modi

Published By : Admin | January 28, 2023 | 21:51 IST
“You represent ‘Amrit Generation’ that will create a Viksit and Aatmnirbhar Bharat”
“When dreams turn into resolution and a life is dedicated to it, success is assured. This is the time of new opportunities for the youth of India”
“India’s time has arrived”
“Yuva Shakti is the driving force of India's development journey”
“When the country is brimming with the energy and enthusiasm of the youth, the priorities of that country will always be its young people”
“This a time of great possibilities especially for the daughters of the country in the defence forces and agencies”

My colleagues in the Union Cabinet Shri Rajnath Singh ji, Shri Ajay Bhatt ji, CDS Anil Chauhan ji, Chiefs of the three Services, Defence Secretary, DG NCC and all the guests present in large numbers today and my dear young friends!

The NCC is also celebrating its 75th anniversary coinciding with the country’s 75 years of independence. I appreciate those who have represented NCC over the years and contributed to nation building. Today, the NCC cadets in front of me are even more special. The way the program has been designed today shows that not only the time has changed, but its form has also changed. The number of spectators is also more than before. The program is also full of diversity, but it will always be remembered for spreading the basic mantra of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' to every nook and corner of India. I heartily congratulate the entire team of NCC, all its officers and administrators. You represent an ‘Amrit’ generation, both as NCC cadets and also as the youth of the country. This ‘Amrit’ generation will take the country to a new height in the next 25 years and will make India self-reliant and developed.


Just now, we witnessed the role of NCC in the development of the country and the praiseworthy work you are doing. One of your comrades handed over the Unity Flame to me. You have completed this journey from Kanyakumari to Delhi in 60 days, running 50 kilometers every day. Many companions participated in this Unity Flame Run to strengthen the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat'. You have really done a commendable and inspiring job. An attractive cultural program has also been organized here. I congratulate you for this display of India's cultural diversity, your skill and diligence.


You also participated in the Republic Day parade. This parade was special because it was held on the Kartavya Path for the first time. And the weather in Delhi is a bit cold these days. Many of you may not even be used to this season. Nevertheless, I would urge you to definitely visit some places in Delhi. Will you spare time? If you have not visited the National War Memorial and Police Memorial, then you must go there. Similarly, you must also visit Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum in Red Fort. A modern PM-Museum has also been built to introduce all the Prime Ministers of independent India. You can get to know about the development journey of the country in the last 75 years. You will also get to see wonderful museums of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Babasaheb Ambedkar. There is so much here. Maybe, you will get some inspiration and encouragement from these places and make continuous progress with determined goals.

My young friends,

The most important energy to run any nation is the youth. There is enthusiasm and passion in your age. You have many dreams. When dreams become resolutions and you are determined to realize those resolutions, you become successful. And this is the time of new opportunities for the youth of India. Everybody is saying that India's time has arrived. Today the entire world is looking towards India. And the biggest reason behind this is the youth of India. Today, I definitely want to give you an example of how aware the youth of India is today. You know that India is presiding over the G-20, a group of the world's 20 most powerful economies, this year. I was surprised when many youths from all over the country wrote letters to me regarding this. It is really a matter of pride to see the interest young people like you are taking in the achievements and priorities of the country.


The priority of the government will always be the youth who are bubbling with enthusiasm and passion. Today's India is also trying to provide that platform to all the young friends, which can help in fulfilling your dreams. Today, new sectors are being opened for the youth in India. Be it India's digital revolution, start-up revolution or innovation revolution, the youth are the biggest beneficiaries. The youth of the country are also benefiting from the way India is continuously carrying out reforms in its defence sector. There was a time when we used to import even assault rifles and bullet proof jackets from abroad. Today there are hundreds of such items needed by the army, which we are making in India. Today, we are also working rapidly on our border infrastructure. All these campaigns have brought new possibilities and opportunities for the youth of India.


Our space sector is a perfect example of the results that follow when we trust the youth. The country has opened the doors of the space sector for young talent. And the first private satellite was launched in no time. Similarly, the animation and gaming sector has brought in a vast array of opportunities for the talented youth. You must have either used a drone yourself, or seen someone else doing it. Now this scope of drones is also increasing continuously. Be it entertainment, logistics or agriculture, drone technology is ubiquitous. Today the youth of the country are coming forward to prepare all kinds of drones in India.


I realize that most of the youth aspire to join our security forces and agencies. This is certainly a great opportunity for you, especially for our daughters as well. The number of daughters in the police and paramilitary forces has almost doubled in the last eight years. The deployment of women on the front lines in all the three wings of the army has been cleared. Today women have joined the Indian Navy for the first time as Agniveers. Women have also begun to take part in combat roles in the armed forces. Training of the first batch of women cadets has started at NDA Pune. Our government has also given permission for admission of girls in military schools. Today I am happy that about 1500 girl students have started studying in Sainik Schools. We are witnessing changes even in NCC. The participation of girls in NCC is also increasing continuously since the last decade. The parade that took place here was also led by a daughter. A large number of youths are also joining the campaign to expand the role of the NCC in border and coastal areas. So far, about one lakh cadets have been enrolled from border and coastal areas. When such a huge youth power will be engaged in nation building and development of the country, then I say with great confidence that no goal will remain impossible. I am sure that all of you will expand your role in the achievement of the country's resolutions as an organization as well as individually.

Many people had chosen the path of sacrifice for the country during the war of freedom for Mother India. But in independent India, living every moment for the country takes the country to new heights in the world. Some people resort to excuses to find faults with the ideals of 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' in realizing this resolution to disintegrate the country. Attempts are being made to create a rift between the children of Mother India in the garb of several issues. There can never be a rift among the children of India despite many such sinister efforts. Hence, the mantra of unity is a great medicine, a great power. This mantra of unity for India's future is resolution, potential and the only way to attain grandeur. We have to follow that path and fight the obstacles on that path. We have to see the prosperous India in front of our eyes by living for the country. There cannot be a smaller resolution than this to see grand India. I extend my best wishes to all of you for the fulfillment of this resolution. The period of next 25 years is India's Amrit Kaal, which is also your Amrit Kaal. You will be at the helm when the country will celebrate 100 years of independence in 2047 as a developed country. Imagine friends, the position that you will be in after 25 years. Therefore, we don’t have to lose a single moment and opportunity. We just have to keep in mind the resolve to take Mother India to new heights and keep moving forward for new achievements. My best wishes to all of you. Speak with me with all your might - Bharat Mata ki Jai! Bharat Mata ki Jai! Bharat Mata ki Jai!

Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!

Thanks a lot.


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PM Modi's interview to News X
May 21, 2024

In an interview to News X, Prime Minister Modi addressed the issue of toxic language in elections, explained why the Opposition frequently discussed him, and shared his views on job creation. He criticized the Congress' tax plans and appeasement politics.

Rishabh Gulati: A very warm welcome to the viewers of NewsX and India News. I’m Rishabh Gulati and with me is Aishwarya Sharma of The Sunday Guardian and Rana Yashwant. In today’s special episode, we proudly welcome a renowned ‘rashtra sevak’, and the Prime Minister of India in this Amrit Kaal, Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi. Mr Prime Minister, you took the time to speak to us, we are very grateful.

Prime Minister: Namaskar, my warm greetings to all your viewers.


Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, the first question that comes to mind is about the Opposition, and it seems that the biggest item on their poll agenda is Narendra Modi. Why, in your opinion, do they talk so much about Narendra Modi?

Prime Minister: To understand why they discuss Narendra Modi, we must first understand the Opposition. To understand them, one can examine the administration between 2004 and 2014.

The Opposition has not been able to play a strong role. Even as the Opposition, the way they are falling apart, they did not play a constructive role of any kind. Despite deep discussions, they haven’t been able to bring serious issues to the public attention. They thought that by their antics, taking up space in the media, they would be able to keep their boat afloat. Even in this election, I have seen that they make fresh attempts every day to acquire media space, be it by making videos, nonsensical statements, or behaving in a way that people don’t normally behave. So they do this to acquire space in the media. Now abusing Modi is one such antic, where, if nothing else, they are guaranteed publicity. Even a small-time politician, if he bad-mouths me, will get about an hour of media attention. Perhaps they see Modi as a ladder to climb up in their political career.


Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, the I.N.D.I. alliance is talking about wealth redistribution. Do you think this is possible, and will the voters of the country be influenced by such a scheme?

Prime Minister: You can’t examine this in isolation. You must look at their overall thought process. When their (Congress) manifesto was released, I had said the manifesto had the imprint of the Muslim League. There was a statement made by Dr Manmohan Singh… I had attended the meeting in which he said that ‘Muslims have the first right to India’s resources.’ Now when I raised this in public, their media ecosystem raised a storm saying that ‘Modi is lying,’. So two days later, I brought Manmohan Singh’s press conference forward and put it in front of them. Then they stopped talking. So this was one example. Now in their Manifesto, they have said that they will give reservation (to Muslims) even when allotting government contracts.

So today, when a bridge is to be built somewhere, what is the criteria for awarding the contract? The company bidding is evaluated based on how resourceful they are, their experience, their capability, their ability to deliver on time, all these things. Now they say that they want to give reservations to the minorities, to the Muslims, in this process as well. It all adds up. Now when they say that they will impose inheritance tax, it means that taxes that go to the government, who will stand to benefit from it? It’s the same people that Manmohan Singh ji talked about. If you join the dots, this is the logic that comes from it. How will the country accept this? Secondly, has any developing country in the world indulged in such madness? Today, India needs to work hard to rise above its problems. We have made this attempt and pulled 25 crore people out of poverty. Where there used to be a few hundred start-ups, there are now over 1.25 lakh start-ups, and there are Unicorns. You must go among the people and work with energy, and that will bring the right result.


Rana Yashwant: Mr Prime Minister, the Ram Mandir has been built in Ayodhya, the consecration of Ram Lalla took place and there was joy among the people. In all this, there is Iqbal Ansari, who has fought the legal battle, and is an important person. He comes, holding a placard that says ‘Modi ka Parivaar’. Today, the minority community identifies with your policies and welfare schemes. Your opinion?

Prime Minister: Since you’ve brought up Ram Mandir and Iqbal Ansari, I will narrate an incident. Ram Mandir should have been built right after Independence. In all these years, it wasn’t built because they (Congress) felt it would affect their vote bank. Attempts were made in the Courts till the very end to stop it. It is a fact that Congress hindered the building of the Ram Mandir. Despite this, when the Supreme Court judgment came through, the Court constituted a trust, and the trust members, let go of all past differences and went to invite the Congress Party members to the consecration ceremony. They rejected the invitation. The same people went to invite Iqbal Ansari. The ironic thing is, that Iqbal Ansari, who fought the Babri Masjid case his entire life, respected the Supreme Court’s verdict and attended the ‘Shilanyas’ and the ‘Pran Prathistha’ ceremony as well. This is what I think, as far as Iqbal Ansari is concerned.

Now if you want to talk about secularism, it is my very serious allegation, that for over 75 years, through a very well-crafted conspiracy, a false narrative has been fed to the nation. It has been embedded in the nation from before our birth. Sardar Patel was targeted by this narrative, and maybe, today it may be my turn, tomorrow someone else… Why do they cry out ‘secularism’ over and over again? It’s because they want to divert the world’s attention from their communal activities.

They cry ‘thief’ over and over when they have defrauded the people, and they do this because they think crying ‘thief’ will divert the public’s attention. This is their ploy. I have called them out in front of everyone, that they are the ones who are communal. India’s constitution does not allow you to indulge in such sectarian acts, and I have brought out several such examples, like I mentioned earlier that they called the Muslims the rightful inheritors of India’s wealth. I am exposing them. They (Congress) hide behind their politics of appeasement and instead accuse me of being communal. I am talking about those communal parties that wear the ‘nikab’ of secularism and indulge in hardcore communalism. I find three things common among these people. They are hardcore sectarians, they are extremely casteist, and they are hardcore dynasts. They are so full of these three things that they can’t come out of it.


Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have spoken about lifting 25 crore people out of poverty. 80 crore poor people are receiving ration – it is necessary now and will be so in the future as well. What do you have to say about how crucial it will be in the future?

Prime Minister: When Manmohan Singh ji was the Prime Minister, news was rife with reports of food grains getting spoilt. So, the Supreme Court asked the government as to why the grains were not being distributed among the poor. Manmohan Singh ji, who was the Prime Minister then, stated on record that they could not distribute the grains and that it was impossible to do it. That is the consequence of his thinking. I faced the same issue, especially during COVID-19. My first goal was to ensure that a stove should be lit in every poor household. So, I started working on it. I have stated this for the next five years as well because in the lives of those who come out of poverty…

For example, one returns home from the hospital. The treatment has been done but precaution is necessary. A doctor advises you to take rest for a particular duration after returning home, tells you what to eat and what to refrain from consuming, and what to take care of. Why? The illness has already been addressed, but if anything is jeopardized then the condition of the person would return to what it was. That is why poor people who escape poverty need handholding. They should not return to that state in any condition. Once they escape poverty, they should be empowered to stand strong. In my understanding, in the next five years, those who have escaped poverty should be able to firmly stand on their feet. Any unfortunate incident in their family, should not push them to poverty again. And only then will the country eradicate poverty.


Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, our country is the youngest country. Under your tenure, 10 lakh government jobs have been filled. Now, the Opposition has vowed to fill 30 lakh government jobs. In your third term, how do you plan to boost employment opportunities for the youth?

Prime Minister: You must have read the SKOCH report that was released. I hope your TV channel studies the SKOCH report in detail and conducts a TV debate on this. They have analysed some 20 to 22 schemes of the government. They have published statistics about how many person-year-hours have been obtained. They have revealed how many hours it takes to build 4 crore houses and how many people it employs. They have published data for about 22 different parameters.

They have stated that 50 crore people have accrued benefits. Secondly, we brought the Mudra Yojana. We give bank loans without any guarantee. We have disbursed loans worth Rs 23 Lakh Crore. 80% of those who have received these loans are first-timers. Some have started their businesses and have employed a few people in this process. Start-ups used to be in the thousands and now they are in lakhs. People have been employed in this process, right? Consider that a 1000-kilometre road is being built and think about how many jobs are created. So, if a 2000-kilometre road is being built more people will be employed, right? Today, road and rail construction has doubled, electrification has doubled, and mobile towers are reaching every corner of India. All this is being created by people who have received jobs. That is why a lie is being peddled.

 What’s important is that we must move towards creating jobs for ourselves. The youth in this country are in the mood to do something and be productive and we must help them. We must encourage them. Our Mudra Yojana does exactly that. We also run the SVANidhi scheme. There are countless street hawkers, who are poor people. But today, they are taking money from the bank to run their businesses. Due to this, they can save money and expand their business. Earlier, a street hawker would sit on the footpath and now his goal is to buy a lorry. One who would owned a lorry earlier now wishes to provide home delivery services. Their aspirations are rising. This is why I believe that while people receive the benefits of government schemes, which will eventually result in development, we must also focus on several other areas.


Rana Yashwant: Prime Minister, your government works on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Beneficiaries avail welfare schemes without any discrimination – caste, religion, or community. Yet, the Opposition maintains that Muslims do not accrue the same benefits from these welfare schemes.

Prime Minister: You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. The unique aspect of my government, in terms of delivering welfare schemes, has not raised any questions regarding discrimination.


Rana Yashwant: The Opposition has to say this.

Prime Minister: Even the Opposition does not say this. You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. I have never heard this from anybody because everyone knows… and Muslims themselves say that they receive all benefits.

The primary reason is that I have two principles. First, 100% saturation. For example, if poor people must be given houses, complete delivery must take place. If 100% delivery is the goal, then where does the scope of discrimination even arise? Whether it is providing gas connections, building toilets, ensuring tap water connections, I believe in 100% delivery. Yes, some people will receive the benefits in January, some in April and some in November, but the scheme will apply to all and 100%. I believe that true secularism is when 100% delivery is done. Social justice is when 100% is done. So, if my mission is 100% saturation… and nobody has made this charge yet. They don’t have the courage to say it. I have lived in Gujarat as well, and on this topic, nobody can prop up any charges against me.


Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have taken out time to sit with us and relay your ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Thank you so much. Best of luck for the polls ahead.

Prime Minister: I thank you all. I have been campaigning day and night…


Rana Yashwant: You are constantly on the move. We see you morning until night on the run…

Rishabh Gulati: Today, you had a big rally at 8 in the morning.

Prime Minister: I started my day at 6 am and went to Jagannath Puri temple to offer my prayers. Since then I have been traveling and have at last got time to meet you.


Rana Yashwant: Where ever you go, Jagannath or Kashi, there is a sea of people that comes to greet you. You have experienced it yourself.

Prime Minister: I realise that my responsibilities are now increasing. I also see that the public has taken ownership of elections. Political parties are not fighting the elections. The public has taken ownership of this election. And the results will be as desired by the public.

Thank you!