"Teacher’s Day Celebrations 2013- Shri Modi answers questions of young students"
"Narendra Modi interacts with over 1.5 crore students through medium of technology"
"CM answers variety of questions on wide range of issues from students"
"Thank you all...you took me back in time: Narendra Modi to students"

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Shri Narendra Modi interacted with over 1.5 crore students of Gujarat through technology and answered some of their questions on a wide range of issues ranging from his personal beliefs, his personal habits and issues of governance. Shri Modi answered each question in his quintessential style and shared many anecdotes from the yesteryears. The young children enjoyed the interactive session. On the occasion, Shri Narendra Modi felicitated best teachers from across Gujarat and also paid tributes to former President of India, Dr. S Radhakrishnan.

A girl from Bharuch district asked Shri Modi about the upcoming Statue of Unity and from where he got the idea. Shri Modi shared that this was the best way to commemorate a person who worked towards uniting the nation and added that the Statue of Unity will be double that of USA’s Statue of Liberty. He also pointed that Sardar Patel was a Loh Purush (Iron Man) and a Khedut Putra (Child of a farmer) and thus, the Government is seeking agriculture tools used by farmers from all parts of the country to build this statue.

A girl from Junagadh district questioned Shri Modi on three of his favourite development initiatives in the past decade. Shri Modi replied that this is his toughest exam ever and went on to say that there have been various development works that have touched his heart. “There are so many development works…ask me to find three and I will not pass…tell me to find a thousand and I will pas,” he avowed. He shared he feels equally touched when a widowed mother calls him to say that the 108 service saved her young son’s life as he feels when someone tells him about the success of Jyotigram or when people tell him how SWAGAT initiative has made a difference in their lives.

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Answering a question of a girl from Vadodara on how many times he gets angry in a day and what he does about it, Shri Modi shared that he too is human and is now above the shortcomings that humans have. He went on to opine that anger can be controlled but it is about controlling it at the right moment. Shri Modi rightly said that getting angry on others reflects nothing but a failure of the self. He affirmed that the more one’s patience increases anger decreases.

A young boy asked Shri Modi if he will meet youngsters in Gujarat on 5th September next year after he becomes the Prime Minister, Shri Modi answered, “I am here to serve you till 2017 and that is what I am doing. I will answer your questions not only on 5th September but whenever you ask me.” He opined that he has never worked to become something but only worked to serve society.

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Shri Modi talked at great length about his Mantra of ‘India First’ in answer to a question of a Class XII student from the newly created Aravalli district. He said, “Let us do everything for the nation first! India First! That way we will rise above division and differences.” He urged the people to work with a determination that what they are doing is for the good of the country and went on to state that no work is small.

The Chief Minister was asked about how he celebrates his birthday and whether he accepted any greetings or not. He answered that on his birthday he prefers to give time to himself and that on that day he does not take any calls or meets people. Shri Modi pointed that not celebrating his birthday was something he has been doing since childhood but he told the youngsters that they are most welcome to send him greetings through email or mediums such as social media.

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He went on to talk about how he learnt Yoga while answering a question of a student of Tapi district. Shri Modi affirmed that the best way to remove poverty is education.

A Class VIII girl wanted to know how many siblings Shri Modi had and that whether they fought when they were young. He answered, “I have two elder brothers, two younger brothers and a younger sister. What is the fun if siblings do not fight? There were no daily but hourly fights. But, there is no bitterness in any fight only love and affection.”

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A question was posed to Shri Modi about a picture in which he is dressed like a member of the Sikh Community. The student wanted to know if this photo was real and whether Shri Modi belonged to the Sikh community or not. He told her, “This photo is real but it is not during a play. It is not that I like dressing differently. This photo was in 1975, when the Emergency was imposed and opposition leaders were jailed. That time there was no television, mobile phones or social media. It was as if an entire nation is imprisoned. That time I was working for the RSS and I also had a warrant in my name. We were fighting for democracy. This dress is a memory of the time when we were saving democracy and I am proud of that.”

Shri Modi was questioned whether he liked to stay in a village or in a city by a girl from Kutch district. He answered that the real spirit of India lies in its villages. He also called for greater interaction between youngsters living in villages and the youngsters living and studying in the cities.

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An interesting question was asked by a boy from Anand district- you have to travel with security for the whole day. Do you not get bored of this? In his witty style Shri Modi remarked, “My friend, you have spoken exactly what is in my mind. This bulletproof car is also comfort proof. Travel in it for an hour and see what happens to your back! But this is a professional hazard….”

A girl from Patan district asked Shri Modi on which deities he worships. Shri Modi opined, “We have many deities. Our diversity is our strength. We have believers and non-believers also. We say Jaisa Bhakt, Vaise Bhagwan. A wrestler will serve Lord Hanuman, those who are more interested in money serve Lakshmi ji.” He added, “Personally, I have believed in Shiva and Shakti. I do Shakti Upasna during Navratri. When the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra started, I went there. However, I am not attached to rituals. I am away from that. I feel there are divine blessings that have given me the opportunity to serve common people.”

In the end, Shri Modi stood for photographs with the youngsters and thanked them for taking him back in time. Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Principal Secretary Education Shri Tiwari and others were present on the occasion.

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Srinagar Viksit Bharat Ambassadors Unite for 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Kashmir'
April 20, 2024

Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.

 

"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.

 

According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.

 

"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.

 

He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.

 

Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.

 

Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.

 

He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

He also provided insight into the transformative impact of the Modi government's welfare policies on people's lives. He highlighted the Ujjwala Yojana, noting that 32 crore individuals have received LPG cylinders, a significant increase from the 14 crore connections in 2014. Additionally, he mentioned the expansion of the gas pipeline network, which has grown from 14,000 km to over 20,000 km over the past ten years.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose 

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

Join the movement on the NaMo App: https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.

Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.

Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.