My colleague in the Council of Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh ji, all the honourable Chief Ministers of Northeast, Shri Kiran Rijiju ji and all the officers and leaders of the police force. I heartily congratulate all those who have been honoured today. 

Since the times of Chanakya, we have studied what is vital for nation’s security, more than having advantage of good weaponry; it depends on who has those weapons. But even more important than having weaponry and trained manpower handling those weaponry, is having the best intelligence network; as the success of any nation’s security depends on it. The system that has the best form of intelligence will never require either the weapon holder or weaponry and there definitely won't be any need of use of weapons. If there is any unit that holds utmost importance in terms of nation’s security, it is the intelligence system. I have been privileged enough to honour the officers serving in this arena. I would like to once again congratulate them for their excellent service. 

Everyone is surprised that the tradition of holding this conference in New Delhi since so many years has been discontinued and the ceremony has been shifted from Delhi to Guwahati. But you must have noticed that when you come to Delhi for a meeting, you come there with a lot of work. You feel that since we have come all the way to Delhi, you might as well get with a few other things done like visit the ministry, meet the secretaries. But now you need to concentrate a little on the issues faced by the state. Now the meeting is out of Delhi and hence from the time you have come here, you must have been well acquainted with each other. There is no other activity here, so the entire focus will be on the ongoing activity. And the one to benefit the most would be the people of Northeast, the police force here would be very happy and encouraged and this would also help you understand how big result a minor change can bring about. It is possible that later in life you also take this initiative. This is an auspicious beginning. In the future too we want such events to take place outside Delhi in different states. I am sure Delhi will also get a chance; it is not that Delhi will never host such meets anymore. But when the programme is held in Delhi, there is no role played by the Delhi police. The Indian Government and Vigyan Bhavan are ready with your accommodation, where you stay in your quarters and then leave. This is a change and every system of change needs to have a life. Robotic systems do not work. Systems should be alive and full of life. Systems should encourage and augment the liveliness and this change will lead you in that direction. I am sure you will also adopt similar experiments in your state. 

You have been here since yesterday and there have been talks - some of serious nature and there have been some light conversations. Even I am going to be with you till today afternoon. I want to spend maximum time listening to you. But there are a few things that I want to express today. After our country’s independence, the fact that 33 thousand policemen have sacrificed their lives while protecting the country and safeguarding the comforts of its citizens, is by no means, a minor feat. But does the entire police force know that 33 thousand policemen have sacrificed their lives to protect the country? How would then the common citizens of India know about this fact? I feel it is of prime importance that this sacrifice does not go waste. How can their respect get enhanced in the society? He also must have been someone's son. And he has died in the line of duty and I do not know why we have not shown enough concern towards them. I would want a small taskforce to be formed from amongst you, consisting of some senior and experienced people. We should be able to find out ways to incorporate the positives from the heritage of this sacrifice in a manner such that it is embedded as our inspiration forever. A protocol also has to be set up to honour them during their last rites. Every state has its own police academy where the new recruits are trained. I want to know if their syllabus can include a thorough knowledge comprised in a comprehensive book based on the life of all those who have sacrificed their lives from that region. Every state should have its own book - an official Government Book. Who has sacrificed their life, at what occasion, how did they lose their life in the line of duty, what courage did they show and how many lives they did they save; all should be mentioned in the book. The new generation of police, the new constables who are under training, will learn these things. He will have to read this book too and answer an exam on the same. Through this, he will realise of the martyrdom of those before him who sacrificed their lives. This will then be passed on through the generations. Should we bring out a new edition of the book every year? We can decide now that every state publishes an e-book that mentions the martyrdom of all these 33 thousand martyrs with their photos which can be sourced from their families. It should be in the regional and national language. This will be a small effort but one with huge repercussions in form of the inspiration. I have also noticed that the police department holds a lot of programmes for police welfare. Cine stars are a part of these programmes and performances and plays are also a part of it. It is done in a grand way in Mumbai. During this time, a souvenir is also issued. Advertisement is asked for and funds are collected. I have not gone into the details, nor do I wish to. But can we decide to include a list of those who have sacrificed their lives in that particular year in the souvenir, speaking of their deeds. We shouldn't let their lives go waste in this manner. He may not be physically alive, but for the police force and the society, he should never die. It is our responsibility. I don't want to discuss if something similar has happened in the past but something like this should happen now as I believe it will make a huge difference. 

The other thing is police welfare. I am well aware that the police force leads a life full of stress. He puts his life on the line of fire for his duty. If there is no well-being and happiness in his family, how will they go on duty? No matter how sacrificial and selfless the police officer is, family's discomfort also causes him discomfort. It is the role of the government and all of us to establish a system for the welfare of their families. Everything from them and their family's health check up to their children's education should be taken care of. How are the residential facilities of those in the lower ranks? Someone should pay some heed to this. And it's not as if this is not happening. A good thing now is that our home minister was a successful Chief Minister of one of the biggest states of our country. And hence he knows the nuances of this topic. His guidance will be of a lot of help to us in the coming days. It has also been my privilege that since I was a Chief Minister for quite a long time and held the control of the home department, I am also aware of the way it functions. I am aware of what goes on the ground. And hence it might be a possibility that we are treating this on priority. We want to approach the task of police welfare in a scientific manner and that is the bare minimum we can do. And if we do this, then there will be a huge change. 

Sometimes the movies depict a policeman in a certain grey light and this goes into the minds of common man. I have seen a very few movies that talk about the sacrifice of these policemen and that is the reason such an image of policemen has embedded in the minds of a common man. We should make special efforts. The Indian Government should make a PR Agency of sorts and meet the film producers and make them aware of their deeds. If the opinion-makers of the society won't protect the integrity of the ones who protect our country, then the rot in the system will also not go away. If there is a kid in the family who keeps committing a mistake, we don't reprimand him for every mistake of his and instead try to point out his achievements then he on his own starts focusing on the good and developing on it. There will be limitations, who doesn't have them? But there is a way to overcome these limitations with the help of the society. I want the thought process of the country towards the policemen to change keeping the onground realities in mind. Any negative story about a policeman has a long shelf life in the media but many positive things never even come to the fore. 

When I was in Gujarat, I had conducted an experiment and you too can try it if you find it to be applicable. I don't know what happened after I have left Gujarat. I don't know if they are still following that or not. But I had made a request to every police station to build their own website where they would update their week's best of the best social activities. Whatever the week's positive highlight was, whether they worked towards a social cause or helped a needy and treated them with respect, saved someone from heavy losses… all this would be updated on the website. There are a lot of instances; there is no dearth of such incidents that can be highlighted. Please don't be depressed, there are a lot of good things happening in the country due to you but if you don't bring them out in the open, no one will know about it. We put up a positive story that is absolutely true on the website every week and see the kind of changes it brings in people's perception towards the police. There is no need to be artificial; there are enough positive things to be highlighted. Every person you meet will have at least one positive story to tell about a policeman. But such facts are not collectively presented to the people. I want you to think on this positively and develop a plan of action to take it forward. We will discuss this in detail when we meet. 

I have a concept in my mind - that of SMART police - a SMART police force. How can we work with this vision? When I talk about SMART police I mean S - Strict but also S - Sensitive, police should be Strict yet Sensitive, M – Modern and there should be Mobility, there should be no stagnancy, A - Alert and Accountable, R - Reliable and Responsive, T - Techno savvy and Trained. We have to take these five points and march ahead. I truly believe we can fill the police force with a new life and a renewed sense of consciousness. 

Once again, I would like to thank and congratulate all those whom I have had the privilege of honouring today. In future too, the mighty police force will be successful in serving the citizens, protecting them and most importantly instilling in them a sense of faith. The rest, we will discuss in detail when we meet. 

Best wishes, thank you. 

(The original speech was in Hindi, this is the English rendering. Original speech remains the authoritative version)

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Your Excellency राष्ट्रपति विलियम रुटो,
दोनों देशों के delegates,
मीडिया के साथियों,

राष्ट्रपति रुटो और उनके डेलिगेशन का भारत में स्वागत करते हुए मुझे बहुत प्रसन्नता हो रही है।

मुझे ख़ुशी है कि अफ्रीकन यूनियन के G20 में शामिल होने के कुछ समय बाद ही उनकी यात्रा हो रही है।

भारत की विदेश नीति में अफ्रीका को हमेशा उच्च प्राथमिकता का स्थान दिया गया है।

पिछले लगभग एक दशक में हमने मिशन मोड में अफ्रीका के साथ अपना सहयोग बढ़ाया है।

मुझे विश्वास है कि राष्ट्रपति रुटो की यात्रा से हमारे द्विपक्षीय संबंधों के साथ-साथ पूरे अफ्रीका महाद्वीप के साथ हमारे engagement को नया बल मिलेगा।


इस वर्ष हम भारत और कीनिया के diplomatic relations की साठवीं वर्षगाँठ मना रहे हैं, किन्तु हमारे संबंधों का हज़ारों वर्ष पुराना इतिहास है।

मुंबई और मोम्बासा को आपस में जोड़ता हुआ विशाल हिंद महासागर हमारे प्राचीन संबंधों का साक्षी रहा है।

इस मज़बूत नींव पर हम सदियों से साथ मिलकर आगे बढ़ते रहे हैं। पिछली सदी में हमने मिलकर उपनिवेशवाद का विरोध किया।

भारत और कीनिया ऐसे देश हैं जिनका अतीत भी साझा है, और भविष्य भी।


एक प्रगतिशील भविष्य की नींव रखते हुए आज हमने सभी क्षेत्रों में अपना सहयोग सुदृढ़ करने पर विचार किया। और कई नए initiatives की पहचान भी की।

भारत और कीनिया के बीच आपसी व्यापार और निवेश में लगातार प्रगति हो रही है।

हमारे आर्थिक सहयोग के पूरे पोटेंशियल को realise करने के लिए हम नए अवसरों की तलाश जारी रखेंगे।

भारत कीनिया के लिए एक विश्वसनीय और प्रतिबद्ध development partner रहा है।

ITEC तथा ICCR scholarships के माध्यम से भारत ने कीनिया के लोगों की skill development और capacity building में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दिया है।

दो कृषि प्रधान अर्थव्यवस्थाओं के रूप में हमने अपने अनुभव साझा करने पर सहमति जताई।

कीनिया के कृषि क्षेत्र का आधुनिकिकरण करने के लिए हमने ढाई सौ मिलियन डॉलर की Line of Credit प्रदान करने का भी निर्णय लिया है।

आधुनिक समय की ज़रूरतों के अनुसार हम टेक्नोलॉजी और इनोवेशन में अपना सहयोग बढ़ा रहे हैं।

Digital Public Infrastructure में भारत की उपलब्धियों को कीनिया के साथ साझा करने के लिए हम पूरी तरह से तैयार हैं।

इस महत्वपूर्ण विषय पर आज किए जा रहे समझौते से हमारे प्रयासों को बल मिलेगा।

Clean Energy दोनों ही देशों की मुख्य प्राथमिकता है।

कीनिया द्वारा लिया गया Africa Climate Summit का initiative एक बहुत ही सराहनीय कदम है।

यह राष्ट्रपति रुटो की सभी वैश्विक चुनौतियों का एकजुट होकर सामना करने की प्रतिबद्धता को भी दर्शाता है।

मुझे ख़ुशी है कि कीनिया ने Global Biofuels Alliance और International Solar Alliance से जुड़ने का निर्णय लिया है।

साथ ही कीनिया द्वारा लिए गए International Big Cat Alliance से जुड़ने के निर्णय से हम big cats के संरक्षण के लिए वैश्विक प्रयासों को सशक्त कर सकेंगे।

रक्षा के क्षेत्र में हमारा बढ़ता सहयोग हमारे गहरे आपसी विश्वास और समान हितों का प्रतीक है।

आज की चर्चा में हमने military exercises, capacity building के साथ साथ दोनों देशों के रक्षा उद्योगों को भी आपस में जोड़ने पर बल दिया।

हमने space technology को जन कल्याण के लिए इस्तेमाल करने पर भी विचार विमर्श किया।

इस महत्वपूर्ण क्षेत्र में हम भारत के सफल अनुभव को कीनिया के साथ साझा करने पर सहमत हुए।

इसी प्रतिबद्धता और मित्रता भाव से हम सभी क्षेत्रों में अपना सहयोग बढ़ाने के लिए अपने प्रयत्न जारी रखेंगे।


आज की बैठक में हमने कई वैश्विक एवं क्षेत्रीय मुद्दों पर चर्चा की।

हिन्द महासागर से जुड़े हुए देशों के रूप में maritime security, piracy और drug trafficking हमारी साझा प्राथमिकता के विषय हैं।

इस महत्वपूर्ण क्षेत्र में आपसी सहयोग को मज़बूत करने के लिए हम Maritime Cooperation पर Joint Vision Statement जारी कर रहे हैं ।

कीनिया और भारत का करीबी सहयोग इंडो-पेसिफिक में हमारे सभी प्रयासों को बल देगा।

भारत और कीनिया एकमत हैं कि आतंकवाद मानवता के लिए सबसे गंभीर चुनौती है।

इस संबंध में हमने counter-terrorism के क्षेत्र में आपसी सहयोग को बढ़ाने का निर्णय लिया है।


कीनिया को अपना दूसरा घर मानने वाले लगभग अस्सी हज़ार भारतीय मूल के लोग हमारे संबंधों की सबसे बड़ी ताक़त हैं।

उनकी देखरेख के लिए कीनिया से मिल रहे सहयोग के लिए मैं राष्ट्रपति रुटो का व्यक्तिगत रूप से आभार व्यक्त करता हूँ।

आज किए जा रहे cultural exchange agreement से हमारी आपसी नज़दीकियाँ और बढ़ेंगी।

कीनिया के long distance और मैराथन runners विश्व विख्यात हैं। उसी तरह क्रिकेट भी दोनों देशों में लोकप्रिय है।

दोनों देशों में खेलों के क्षेत्र में आपसी सहयोग को मजबूत करने के लिए एक महत्वपूर्ण समझौते पर सहमति बनी है।

बॉलीवुड के साथ साथ योग और आयुर्वेद की popularity भी कीनिया में बढ़ रही है।

हम दोनों देशों के बीच people-to-people ties और गहरे करने के प्रयास जारी रखेंगे।


एक बार फिर आपका और आपके डेलिगेशन का भारत में बहुत बहुत स्वागत है।

बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद।