NCC highlights the idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat: PM Modi

Published By : Admin | January 27, 2024 | 17:00 IST
“NCC highlights the idea of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”
“75th Republic Day parade on Kartavya Path was dedicated to 'Nari Shakti'”
“The world is watching how India's 'Nari Shakti' are proving their mettle in every field”
“We have opened up opportunities for daughters in sectors where their entry was previously restricted or limited”
“Today, be it start-ups or self-help groups, women are leaving their mark in every field”
“When the country gives equal opportunity to the talent of sons and daughters, its talent pool becomes enormous”
"In the past 10 years, India's digital economy has become a new source of strength for our youth"
“Developed India will fulfill the dreams of our youth”

My colleagues in the Union Cabinet, Shri Rajnath Singh ji, Shri Ajay Bhatt ji, CDS General Anil Chouhan ji, Chiefs of all three forces, Defence Secretary, DG NCC, all distinguished guests, and my young comrades from the NCC!

Being a former NCC cadet, whenever I come among you, it's quite natural for many old memories which get refreshed. Whenever I come among NCC cadets, the first thing I see is the version of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’. You all have come here from different corners of the country. And I am glad that over the years, the scope of NCC rallies has been continuously expanding. And this time, there's yet another new beginning. Today, among us are over 400 sarpanches from the border villages of the country, which the government is developing as Vibrant Villages. In addition to this, there are also more than 100 sisters representing self-help groups from all over the country. I warmly welcome all of you.

Friends,

The NCC rally is continuously strengthening the sentiment of "One World, One Family, One Future." In 2014, cadets from 10 countries participated in this rally. Today, cadets from 24 friendly countries are present here. I extend a warm welcome to all of you, and especially to the young cadets who have come from abroad.

My young friends,

This year, the country is celebrating its 75th Republic Day. This historic milestone is dedicated to the ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) of the nation. Yesterday, we saw at Kartavya Path that this year's event was dedicated to Women Power. We showed the world how excellent work Indian daughters are doing. We showed the world how Indian daughters are setting new standards in every sector. It was also the first time when such a large number of women contingents participated in the Republic Day parade. You all performed brilliantly. Today, many cadets have also received awards here. Cycling from Kanyakumari to Delhi and from Guwahati to Delhi ... From Jhansi to Delhi, the Nari Shakti Vandan Run … Running 470 kilometers for 6 days, which means running 80 kilometers every day. This is not easy. I congratulate all the cadets who participated in various events. And particularly to two groups of cyclists, one from Vadodara and one from Varanasi! I became a Member of Parliament for the first time from Vadodara and also from Varanasi.

My young friends,

There was a time when the participation of daughters was limited only to cultural programs. Today, the world is witnessing how Indian daughters are excelling in land, sea, sky, and space. The glimpse of this was seen yesterday on Kartavya Path. Whatever the world saw yesterday didn't happen suddenly. It's the result of consistent efforts over the past 10 years.

Women have always been seen as a ‘Shakti’ (power) in Indian tradition. There have been brave women like Rani Lakshmibai, Rani Chennamma, and Velu Nachiyar on the soil of Bharat. Several women revolutionaries defeated the British during the fight for independence. Over the past 10 years, our government has continuously empowered the energy of ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power). We have removed all barriers where entry for daughters was closed or limited in various sectors before. We have opened the frontlines of all three armed forces for daughters. Today, women officers are being given permanent commissions in the armed forces. Avenues have been opened for daughters by placing them in command roles and combat positions in all three forces. Today, you see, the participation of daughters is increasing significantly from being Agniveer to fighter pilot. Previously, daughters were not allowed to study in military schools. Now, daughters are studying in many military schools across the country. The number of female personnel in central security forces has more than doubled in the last 10 years. States are also being encouraged to increase the number of women forces in the state police forces.

And friends,

When daughters enter such professions, it also has an impact on society's mentality. It helps in reducing crimes against women as well.

My young friends,

The participation of daughters is continuously increasing in other sectors of society as well. Whether it's banking in villages, insurance, or services related to it, a large number of our daughters are involved. Today, whether it's start-ups or self-help groups, daughters are making their mark in every field.

Young friends,

When the country provides equal opportunities for the talents of both sons and daughters, its talent pool becomes significantly larger. This is the greatest strength in building ‘Viksit Bharat’ (Developed India). Today, the strength of the entire world lies in this talent pool of Bharat. Today, the whole world sees Bharat as a ‘Vishwa Mitra’ (global friend). The power of Bharat’s passport is increasing significantly. It is largely benefiting young friends like you, in your careers. Many countries around the world are now seeing the talent of Indian youth as an opportunity.

Young friends,

I often say one thing: this ‘Amrit Kaal’ we are in, the next 25 years, the ‘Viksit Bharat’ that we are working towards, the beneficiary of this is not Modi. The biggest beneficiaries are young people like you in my country. The beneficiaries are those students who are still in school, college, and university. The career trajectory of ‘Viksit Bharat’ and the youth of Bharat will move upwards together. Therefore, all of you should not waste even a moment in working hard. In the past 10 years, extensive work has been done in every sector whether it is skill development, employment or self-employment. Emphasis is being placed on utilizing the talent and skills of youth to the maximum. A new National Education Policy has been formulated to prepare you for the new challenges of the new century. Today, thousands of schools across the country are being made smart under the PM SHRI School Campaign. In the past decade, there has been unprecedented growth in colleges, universities, and institutions related to professional education. In the past 10 years, there has also been significant improvement in the global ranking of Indian universities. The number of medical colleges in Bharat has seen a record increase, with a significant increase in medical seats as well. New IITs and AIIMS have been established in several states. Sectors like defence, space, and mapping have been opened up for young talent by the government. A new law has also been enacted to promote research. All these efforts are for you, my young friends, for the youth of Bharat.

Friends,

You often see me talk about ‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. Both of these campaigns are also for young people like you. Both these campaigns are providing new opportunities for employment to the youth of Bharat. With the government's efforts in the past 10 years, Bharat’s digital economy will become a new strength of our youth power, a new identity of our youth power. A decade ago it was difficult to even think that Bharat could also become a leading digital economy. The word ‘start-ups’ didn't even come up in normal conversations. Today, Bharat has become the world's third-largest start-up ecosystem. Today, every child talks about start-ups and unicorns. Today, there are over 1.25 lakh registered start-ups and over 100 unicorns in Bharat. Millions of young people are doing quality jobs in these start-ups. Even in these start-ups, most are directly benefiting from Digital India. A decade ago, where we were struggling only for 2G-3G, today 5G is reaching every village. Optical fiber is reaching every village.

Friends,

When we used to import most of our mobile phones from abroad, they were so expensive that most young people couldn't afford them at that time. Today, Bharat is the world's second-largest mobile phone manufacturer and the second-largest exporter as well. This has made your mobile phone cheaper. But you also know that the importance of a phone is nothing without data. We have formulated policies so that today Bharat is one of the countries providing the cheapest data in the world.

Friends,

Today, the growth of e-commerce, online shopping, home delivery, online education, and remote healthcare in the country is not a coincidence. Youth creativity has benefited the most from the digital revolution that has occurred in Bharat over the past 10 years. Look at how much digital content creation has expanded in Bharat today. This has become a significant economy in itself. Over the past 10 years, more than five lakh Common Service Centres have been established in villages across the country. Millions of young people are working in these centres. There are many examples that show how Digital India is empowering both convenience and employment.

My young friends,

A government is one that formulates policies and makes decisions in the present while considering future possibilities. A government is one that clarifies its priorities. There was a time when border area development was largely ignored in our country. The previous government used to say that building roads on the border would make it easier for the enemy. The villages situated near the border were then considered the last villages. Our government has changed this mindset. The villages that were once considered the last villages by the previous government are now considered the first villages by our government. Today, the Vibrant Village Scheme is being implemented for the development of these villages. Many sarpanches from these villages are also present in this program today. They are watching you, observing your energy, and are happy. These same villages on the border are poised to become major centres for tourism in the future. I would like you to learn more about the Vibrant Village program.

My young friends,

‘Viksit Bharat’ will fulfill your dreams. Therefore, your participation is crucial in the ongoing work of building ‘Viksit Bharat’. For young people like you, the government has also established Mera Yuva Bharat i.e., MY Bharat. This has become the largest organization for the youth of 21st-century Bharat. In just three months, more than one crore young people have already registered in it. I urge all young people like you to register yourselves in the Mera Yuva Bharat organization. You can also provide your suggestions for ‘Viksit Bharat’ by visiting MyGov. Your dreams will come true only through your participation. You are the architects of ‘Viksit Bharat’. I have full confidence in you, in the country's young generation. Once again, congratulations to all of you for this magnificent event. You deserve it, and I wish you all the best for the future! Say it with me:

Bharat Mata Ki—Jai!

Bharat Mata Ki—Jai!

Bharat Mata Ki—Jai!

Thank you very much.

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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!