"The nation does not want the dirty team of the UPA whose work the nation has seen for the last decade but it wants a dream team: Narendra Modi"
"We want a dream team that will ensure that the elderly get respect, the poor are well fed, the poor have adequate housing, tribal communities get adequate education opportunities: Narendra Modi"
"I urge the nation to have faith in the BJP. Have faith in our work and in the Karyakartas of our Party. We will never break your trust: Narendra Modi"
"We are coming to you on the basis of what we all have learnt from Atal ji, Advani ji and Kushabhau Thakre ji: Narendra Modi"
"Narendra Modi stands up for Dr. Manmohan Singh in the wake of reports of adverse comments made by Mr. Nawaz Sharif"
"Today there is a conflict between Parivarshahi and Lokshahi and the former is strangling the latter. Will we run on the constitution or on the wishes of the prince? Asks Narendra Modi"
On the afternoon of Sunday 29th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi addressed the BJP’s Vikas Rally in Delhi. Shri Narendra Modi presented a new ray of hope to the people of India and asked them to think ahead on the nation we want when India completes 75 years of freedom in 2022. He said that the nation does not want the dirty team of the UPA whose work the nation has seen for the last decade but it wants a dream team that will ensure that the elderly get respect, the poor are well fed, the poor have adequate housing, tribal communities get adequate education opportunities. He inspired every village, every district to dream big so that the nation can move ahead.
Shri Modi asked the people of India to trust the BJP and its leadership. He said, “I urge the nation to have faith in the BJP. Have faith in our work and in the Karyakartas of our Party. We will never break your trust. We will live for your dreams and if need be we will give our lives for your dreams. We are coming to you on the basis of what we all have learnt from Atal ji, Advani ji and Kushabhau Thakre ji.”
Striking an emotional note, Shri Modi said, “See the values of the BJP, see the culture of the Party. A man who sold tea to make ends meet has been put here. Na Shasak Thaa, Na Shasak Hoon, Na Banne Ke Sapne Dekhta Hoon (I was never a ruler in the past, I am not a ruler now and I do not aspire to be a ruler in the future). Mai Sevak Hoon aur Kal Bhi Aapka Sevak Rahoonga (I am a humble servant of the people and will remain so in future).I am not a Nath (divine ruler) but a Dasa (humble servant).
In a display of immense statesmanship Shri Narendra Modi stood up for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in the wake of reports that Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif called him an old woman from a village. Shri Modi’s comments come a time when even Dr. Singh’s own Party is terming his work as ‘nonsense.’ He affirmed, “I have to say something that is very painful. The Pakistani PM called some journalists for breakfast. There Nawaz Sharif said our PM is a Dehati Aurat. We have differences of opinion with our PM at home but he is the PM of 125 crore Indians. Nawaz Sharif yeh aapki kaunsi aukat hai? (How do you have the courage to say that Mr. Nawaz Sharif?)”
Mincing no words, Shri Narendra Modi said that this was an insult to the Prime Minister of India and that the nation will not tolerate its Prime Minister getting insulted. Referring to the Indian journalists who attended the meeting with Mr. Sharif Shri Modi said, “I want to ask those journalists who were eating with Nawaz Sharif, we expected you to walk out. Yes, we may be opposed to each other at home but no one can point fingers at our nation. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is elder to Mr. Nawaz Sharif in age at least respect that.”
Shri Modi attributed to this disrespect to the PM to his own Congress Party not according him with clear respect. “His own party leaders call him nonsense then what do you expect?” asked Shri Modi.
Narendra Modi ji came down heavily on the Prime Minister for telling President Barack Obama that India is poor and asked the Prime Minister if he is also one of those people who are market India’s poverty to win laurels.
The BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate categorically stated that the nation must chose between dynasty and democracy. “Today there is a conflict between Parivarshahi and Lokshahi and the former is strangling the latter. Will we run on the constitution or on the wishes of the prince? This is what we have to decide,” affirmed Shri Modi as he even questioned the allies of the UPA whether they want democracy or dynasty to run the nation.
Referring to the lackluster performance of the UPA, Shri Modi hit out against the increasing corruption, price rise and unemployment among the youth. He said the departments that the UPA is saying are their achievements are actually the achievements of the states and that the Centre has made a mess of the subjects that are exclusively under its control. Shri Modi gave the examples of failure in railways, highways and aviation sector to show what the Centre has done to the departments exclusively under its control. He shared that 20,000 MW of power cannot be produced because there is not enough coal. Shri Modi declared that good governance is the way ahead and while the world is moving forward, the UPA is pushing us backwards. He attacked the UPA for being immersed in Gandhi Bhakti of a different kind, which entailed taking away all the notes with Mahatma Gandhi’s face on them.
Shri Modi stressed on the need to attain Surajya, which was experienced during the NDA Government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji and LK Advani ji.
Referring to the poor governance in Delhi, Shri Modi affirmed that the problem lay in too many Governments, each of which considers itself a power in its own right. “Just see how many Governments are there, there is a Government of the Mother, there is a Government of the Son and there is a Government of the Son-in-Law too. There is an alliance and even there we have Governments within Governments,” Shri Modi avowed. He added that while numbers make coalition, they are run by good chemistry that is clearly lacking. He said that if there is a Chief Minister who is breathing most easy today, it is the Delhi Chief Minister who always has some or the other authority to blame, leaving only ribbon cutting to do. He came down on the failure of the Delhi Government on the issue of women safety and even on the CWG scam, which Shri Modi said was not only about economic corruption but affecting India’s image on the world stage.
Former BJP National President Shri Nitin Gadkari delivered a strong speech on the misgovernance of the Congress and its failure to control rising prices. Amritsar BJP MP Shri Navjot Sidhu, Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Shri VK Malhotra, former Delhi Mayor Smt. Aarti Mehra, BJP leaders Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Dr. Jagdish Mukhi and Shri Parvesh Verma also spoke on the occasion. The hovering clouds did not dampen the spirit of the people as a record number of people came to attend the Vikas Rally.
On September 24, President Biden hosted Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan at the White House for the first-ever in-person Leaders’ Summit of the Quad. The leaders have put forth ambitious initiatives that deepen our ties and advance practical cooperation on 21st-century challenges: ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including by increasing production and access to safe and effective vaccines; promoting high-standards infrastructure; combatting the climate crisis; partnering on emerging technologies, space, and cybersecurity; and cultivating next-generation talent in all of our countries.
COVID and Global Health
Quad leaders recognize that the most immediate threat to lives and livelihoods in our four countries and the world is the COVID-19 pandemic. And so in March, Quad leaders launched the Quad Vaccine Partnership, to help enhance equitable access to safe and effective vaccines in the Indo-Pacific and the world. Since March, the Quad has taken bold actions to expand safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity, donated vaccines from our own supply, and worked together to assist the Indo-Pacific in responding to the pandemic. The Quad Vaccine Experts Group remains the heart of our cooperation, meeting regularly to brief on the latest pandemic trends and coordinate our collective COVID-19 response across the Indo-Pacific, including by piloting the Quad Partnership COVID-19 Dashboard. We welcome President Biden’s September 22 COVID-19 Summit, and acknowledge that our work continues. The Quad will:
Help Vaccinate the World: As Quad countries, we have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion vaccine doses globally, in addition to the doses we have financed through COVAX. To date we have collectively delivered nearly 79 million safe and effective vaccine doses to the Indo-Pacific region. Our Vaccine Partnership remains on track to expand manufacturing at Biological E Ltd. this fall, so that it can produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. As a first step towards that new capacity, the leaders will announce bold actions that will immediately help the Indo-Pacific in its quest to end the pandemic. We recognize the importance of open and secure supply chains for vaccine production. The Quad welcomed India’s announcement to resume exports of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, including to COVAX, beginning in October 2021.
Through $3.3 billion in the COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan program, Japan will continue to help regional countries to procure safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines. Australia will deliver $212 million in grant aid to purchase vaccines for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. In addition, Australia will allocate $219 million to support last-mile vaccine rollouts and lead in coordinating the Quad’s last-mile delivery efforts in those regions. Quad member countries will coordinate with the ASEAN Secretariat, the COVAX Facility, and other relevant organizations. We will continue to strengthen and support the life-saving work of international organizations and partnerships, including the WHO, COVAX, Gavi, CEPI, and UNICEF; and national governments. At the same time, the leaders are fully committed to strengthening vaccine confidence and trust. To that end, Quad countries will host an event at the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) dedicated to combatting hesitancy.
Save Lives Now: Together as the Quad, we are committed to taking further action in the Indo-Pacific to save lives now. Japan, through Japan Bank for International Cooperation, will work with India to enhance key investments of approximately $100 million in the healthcare sector related to COVID-19, including vaccine and treatment drugs. We will utilize the Quad Vaccine Experts Group and convene as needed to urgently consult in relation to our emergency assistance.
Build Back Better Health Security: The Quad commits to better preparing our countries and the world for the next pandemic. We will continue to build coordination in our broader COVID-19 response and health-security efforts in the Indo-Pacific, and we will jointly build and conduct at least one pandemic preparedness tabletop or exercise in 2022. We will also further strengthen our science and technology cooperation in support of the 100-Day Mission—to have safe and effective vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics available within 100 days—now and into the future. This includes collaboration on current and future clinical trials, such as launching additional sites for the international Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) trials, which can expedite investigation of promising new vaccines and therapeutics, while at the same time supporting countries in the region to improve their capacity to undertake scientifically sound clinical research. We will support the call for a "global pandemic radar” and will improve our viral genomic surveillance, including by working together to strengthen and expand the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS).
Building on the G7’s announcement of Build Back Better World (B3W)—an infrastructure partnership focused on digital connectivity, climate, health and health security, and gender equality infrastructure—the Quad will rally expertise, capacity, and influence to strengthen ongoing infrastructure initiatives in the region and identify new opportunities to meet the needs there. The Quad will:
Launch the Quad Infrastructure Coordination Group: Building on existing leadership from Quad partners on high-standards infrastructure, a senior Quad infrastructure coordination group will meet regularly to share assessments of regional infrastructure needs and coordinate respective approaches to deliver transparent, high-standards infrastructure. The group will also coordinate technical assistance and capacity-building efforts, including with regional partners, to ensure our efforts are mutually reinforcing and complementary in meeting the significant infrastructure demand in the Indo-Pacific.
Lead on High-Standards Infrastructure: Quad partners are leaders in building quality infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific region. Our complementary approaches leverage both public and private resources to achieve maximum impact. Since 2015, Quad partners have provided more than $48 billion in official finance for infrastructure in the region. This represents thousands of projects, including capacity-building, across more than 30 countries in support of rural development, health infrastructure, water supply and sanitation, renewable power generation (e.g., wind, solar, and hydro), telecommunications, road transportation, and more. Our infrastructure partnership will amplify these contributions and further catalyze private-sector investment in the region.
Quad countries share serious concern with the August Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report findings on the latest climate science, which has significant implications for climate action. To address the climate crisis with the urgency it demands, Quad countries will focus their efforts on the themes of climate ambition, including working on 2030 targets for national emissions and renewable energy, clean-energy innovation and deployment, as well as adaptation, resilience, and preparedness. Quad countries commit to pursue enhanced actions in the 2020s to meet anticipated energy demand and decarbonize at pace and scale to keep our climate goals within reach in the Indo-Pacific. Additional efforts include working together on methane abatement in the natural-gas sector and on establishing responsible and resilient clean-energy supply chains. The Quad will:
Form a Green-Shipping Network: Quad countries represent major maritime shipping hubs with some of the largest ports in the world. As a result, Quad countries are uniquely situated to deploy green-port infrastructure and clean-bunkering fuels at scale. Quad partners will organize their work by launching a Quad Shipping Taskforce and will invite leading ports, including Los Angeles, Mumbai Port Trust, Sydney (Botany), and Yokohama, to form a network dedicated to greening and decarbonizing the shipping value chain. The Quad Shipping Task Force will organize its work around several lines of efforts and aims to establish two to three Quad low-emission or zero-emission shipping corridors by 2030.
Establish a Clean-Hydrogen Partnership: The Quad will announce a clean-hydrogen partnership to strengthen and reduce costs across all elements of the clean-hydrogen value chain, leveraging existing bilateral and multilateral hydrogen initiatives in other fora. This includes technology development and efficiently scaling up the production of clean hydrogen (hydrogen produced from renewable energy, fossil fuels with carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear for those who choose to deploy it), identification and development of delivery infrastructure to safely and efficiently transport, store, and distribute clean hydrogen for end-use applications, and stimulating market demand to accelerate trade in clean hydrogen in the Indo-Pacific region.
Enhance Climate Adaptation, Resilience, and Preparedness: Quad countries commit to increasing the Indo-Pacific region’s resilience to climate change by improving critical climate information-sharing and disaster-resilient infrastructure. The Quad countries will convene a Climate & Information Services Task Force and build a new technical facility through the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure that will provide technical assistance in small island developing states.
People-to-People Exchange and Education
The students of today will be the leaders, innovators, and pioneers of tomorrow. To build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists, Quad partners are proud to announce the Quad Fellowship: a first-of-its-kind scholarship program, operated and administered by a philanthropic initiative and in consultation with a non-governmental task force comprised of leaders from each Quad country. This program will bring together exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian masters and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to study in the United States. This new fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in the private, public, and academic sectors, in their own nations and among Quad countries. The program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Scholars of one another’s societies and cultures through cohort-wide trips to each Quad country and robust programming with each country’s top scientists, technologists, and politicians. The Quad will:
Launch the Quad Fellowship: The Fellowship will sponsor 100 students per year—25 from each Quad country—to pursue masters and doctoral degrees at leading STEM graduate universities in the United States. It will serve as one of the world’s leading graduate fellowships; but uniquely, the Quad Fellowship will focus on STEM and bring together the top minds of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative, will operate and administer the fellowship program in consultation with a non-governmental taskforce, comprised of academic, foreign policy, and private sector leaders from each Quad country. Founding sponsors of the fellowship program include Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital, and the program welcomes additional sponsors interested in supporting the Fellowship.
Critical and Emerging Technologies
Quad leaders are committed to working together to foster an open, accessible, and secure technology ecosystem. Since establishing a new critical and emerging technologies working group in March, we have organized our work around four efforts: technical standards, 5G diversification and deployment, horizon-scanning, and technology supply chains. Today, the Quad leaders launch a statement of principles on technology, along with new efforts that together will advance critical and emerging technologies shaped by our shared democratic values and respect for universal human rights. The Quad will:
Publish a Quad Statement of Principles: After months of collaboration, the Quad will launch a statement of principles on technology design, development, governance, and use that we hope will guide not only the region but the world towards responsible, open, high-standards innovation.
Establish Technical Standards Contact Groups: The Quad will establish contact groups on Advanced Communications and Artificial Intelligence focusing on standards-development activities as well as foundational pre-standardization research.
Launch a Semiconductor Supply Chain Initiative: Quad partners will launch a joint initiative to map capacity, identify vulnerabilities, and bolster supply-chain security for semiconductors and their vital components. This initiative will help ensure Quad partners support a diverse and competitive market that produces the secure critical technologies essential for digital economies globally.
Support 5G Deployment and Diversification: To support the critical role of Quad governments in fostering and promoting a diverse, resilient, and secure telecommunications ecosystem, the Quad has launched a Track 1.5 industry dialogue on Open RAN deployment and adoption, coordinated by the Open RAN Policy Coalition. Quad partners will jointly facilitate enabling environments for 5G diversification, including with efforts related to testing and test facilities.
Monitor Biotechnology Scanning: The Quad will monitor trends in critical and emerging technologies, starting with advanced biotechnologies, including synthetic biology, genome sequencing, and biomanufacturing. In the process, we will identify related opportunities for cooperation.
Building on longstanding collaboration among our four countries on cybersecurity, the Quad will launch new efforts to bolster critical-infrastructure resilience against cyber threats by bringing together the expertise of our nations to drive domestic and international best practices. The Quad will:
Launch a Quad Senior Cyber Group: Leader-level experts will meet regularly to advance work between government and industry on driving continuous improvements in areas including adoption and implementation of shared cyber standards; development of secure software; building workforce and talent; and promoting the scalability and cybersecurity of secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.
Quad countries are among the world’s scientific leaders, including in space. Today, the Quad will begin space cooperation for the first time with a new working group. In particular, our partnership will exchange satellite data, focused on monitoring and adapting to climate change, disaster preparedness, and responding to challenges in shared domains. The Quad will:
Share Satellite Data to Protect the Earth and its Waters: Our four countries will start discussions to exchange Earth observation satellite data and analysis on climate-change risks and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources. Sharing this data will help Quad countries to better adapt to climate change and to build capacity in other Indo-Pacific states that are at grave climate risk, in coordination with the Quad Climate Working group.Enable Capacity-Building for Sustainable Development: The Quad countries will also enable capacity-building in space-related domains in other Indo-Pacific countries to manage risks and challenges. The Quad countries will work together to support, strengthen, and enhance space applications and technologies of mutual interest.
Consult on Norms and Guidelines: We will also consult on norms, guidelines, principles, and rules for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the outer space environment.