“The 21st century belongs to India” Narendra Modi
Gujarat’s Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi did today what we were eagerly awaiting our so-called youth leaders to do for a long time. It is not just in the verbatim of what he said at the prestigious SRCC (Sri Ram College of Commerce) of Delhi University, his gesture of reaching out directly to the talented youth of nation, at the highly political campus of Delhi University, ignoring the protest of rabble trousers – the Leftiest JNU protestors outside who believe only in disruption and keeping the nation hungry while they will aim for and get a good future abroad. He focused on the raw positive energy of our country, the youth of this nation who are actually going to full-fill the dreams that so many generations of Indian have been dreaming – of regaining our lost place in the world – once again making India a Bird of Gold (Sone ki Chiriya).
Firstpost Editor Anant Rangaswami’s first take on Modi’s speech: He was brilliant – Whether you’re a fan of Narendra Modi or not, you have to admire the content of his speech. The audience was youth, and every area that Modi focused on was an area that matters most to the young: a bright future.
Decode his speech and these are the words which pop out: Development, Education, Youth, Progress, Brands, India, Success, Profit and Wealth creation, Going abroad, Pride, Technology, Brains and Employment.
That about covers all that the youth focus on. Modi was brilliant.
Let there be no doubt that India truly was a Bird of Gold once, no matter how far fetched it may seem right now. The cradle of civilization, the home of scientific Innovations and the birthplace amazing art and culture.
http://www.niticentral.com – Stressing on the essence of “minimum Government and maximum governance” Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said if India wants to dominate the 21st century, we need to develop on the fronts of skill, scale, and speed.
“The nation has been ruined by vote-bank politics. But if we switch to a politics of development, we will soon be in a position to bring about lasting change,” Modi said.
The Gujarat Chief Minister was addressing students and faculty members of Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University. Modi said the 21st century belongs to India because every time humankind has entered an age of wisdom, it is India that has led the way. “So it will be this time as well. Until 20 years ago, people used to think of us as a country of snake-charmers. But our youth have travelled the world and changed this image,” he said.
“Today our youth have everything, but they need to hone their skills to compete with the world. We are focusing on this in Gujarat,” Modi said.
“The revolution we are seeing has not been brought by any leader or politician. It has been started by the youth,” he said.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said, “There should be minimum Government, maximum governance. If we are to dominate the 21st century, we need to develop on the fronts of skill, scale, and speed.” http://www.niticentral.com/2013/02/modi-speaks-at-srcc-inspires-students-with-vision-of-indias-future.html
Modi may be the man to take India’s youth to the pinnacle of global achievement – Firstpost – Narendra Modi announced his formal arrival on the national scene with a simple message: India’s future depends on youth, and he may be the man to take India’s youth to the pinnacle of global achievement.
Speaking to a receptive audience that frequently broke into applause as he spoke of his vision for India, Modi clearly attempted to leave the past behind and the audience was more than willing to let him. Clearly, he understood the mood of youth very well. They want performance, not excuses.
If one were to contrast Modi’s performance with that of Rahul Gandhi’s at the Congress meet last month, it is a no-contest. Modi’s performance establishes him as the potential mascot of urban India, young India – the India that wants to leave its past of regrets and non—performance behind.
Modi conquered his audience.
Some other snippets from Narendra Modi’s speech at SRCC today
- “Swap vote bank politics for development” “The solution to all problems is development. The whole nation has been destroyed by vote bank politics, what it needs is development” If there is developement there is much scope for for a lot of improvement in the nation”
- And just in case Delhi was getting complacent about its metro…. Modi says that all its coaches come from Gujarat.
- “Minimum government, maximum governance is a good philosophy….Am I taking too much time? Should I continue?”. The audience screams YES!
- Skill development is the key, says Modi “Whatever the colour of our skin we are no less than anyone in the world”, continues Modi as the students continue to hang on his every word. “The whole world saw the man in Jaipur ask Clinton whether he considered India to be a third world country and a poor nation. Clinton told him that he had seen what the nation was and he would tell the world about it. However Modi says that despite the obvious abundance of talent and passion, Indian youth need skills. “India’s youth has the desire but they have a lack of skills. Presently in Gujarat we are having skill development workshops.”
- “Our youth are not snake charmers, they are changing the world with a mouse!” In Taiwan, an interpreter asked me if we still have snake charmers and superstition. I said no. We are mouse charmers, I said. The youth of the nation has its finger on the mouse of computers and is changing the world.”
- Modi says that India’s youth has to be viewed differently. “It is important how we view the youth of the nation. For most of the political leadership the youth is only a new age voter. I don’t see this attitude benefitting the nation. Despite the fact I come from the same era I believe that a new school of thought is needed”, he says to wild applause.” “Leaders should see the youth as a new age of power for the nation to progress. Isn’t our duty to make the words of Vivekananda truth by developing the youth of nation and changing the world?”
- Modi says India needs to be more aggressive about marketing itself
- Modi says that not enough is being done within India to national pride in the products it manufactures, and create a sense of pride and nationhood. “In Japan on everything there is a slogan about Olympics. They are preparing a spirit across the nation about it. What have we done? When South Korea hosted Olympics it was a turning point and all their manufacturing became popular worldwide. Here we had Commonwealth Games. Why did we have it? Even those who organised it don’t know yet.” “China exports the most herbal medicine but India despite its history of ayurveda hasn’t managed to export as much”, he says. “Whatever products we make in manufacturing should have zero defects for a global reputation and should have good packaging.”
- ‘Time to change perception of India in the manufacturing sector’
- “The whole world sees us a bazaar where they can dump products. We should look to make the world our bazaar and boost manufacturing”, says Modi to great applause.
- “Why shouldn’t we make the ‘Made in India’ tag a statement of quality for our manufactured products?”
- India must take its place in the global economy, says Modi. And after that long treatise on Gujarat Modi starts talking national. He says the biggest thing holding India back is its slowness in adopting new technology. We should export teachers to the world, says Modi
- The Gujarat Chief Minister clearly has something for everyone! And given that he is in a college, it is only fitting that Modi should talk up Gujarat’s teaching colleges as well.
- “If you ask any person what is their main desire, they say they want good education for their children. That is why we have created a university for teachers. I say we have so much youth and export so much, why not export teachers?” “A businessman who goes abroad only captures dollars but a teacher influences a whole generation.” A university for security? Yes.. Gujarat has that too. And if forensics are not your thing and you prefer to be a part of the action on the ground, Gujarat has a university for that too. “We have a university for security forces where a person can enrol after class X and can then join any security force.
- “Gujarat has the youngest police force. Even the constables of Gujarat are tech -savvy”, he says.
- Modi tackles crime and security, talks up Gujarat’s forensic university
- “Crime in the world is rising. A child in Amsterdam can rob your bank account clean, cyber crime is rising. Forensic science is needed. We are the first in the world to have a forensic science university”, says Modi.
- Modi explains why Gujaratis are the best tourists ” Purchasing power should continuously rise and we are constantly monitoring it over the last decade to ensure it rises. Gujaratis are the best tourists. You will find them everywhere. Even in five star hotel you will find him eating thepla from dabba”, says Modi.
- Modi elaborates on the Gujarat success story. From crops to animal husbandry. “We conduct animal husbandry camps also in the state. 120 diseases of cattle have been eradicated. As a result there has been a 80 percent growth in the milk production. Imagine how much financial gain villagers have made as a result”
- Modi the crowd pleaser, warns his speech might be longer than the average lecture. “I have not been a teacher so I don’t restrict myself to 45 minutes. Teacher have a chip that warns them when they approach 45 minutes”, he tells the students who roar with laughter. Given the reception they have given him so far, its unlikely that we’ll see them complaining!
- Vibrant Gujarat. Modi is working the crowd now. “There must be no one in the audience who has chai without doodh from Gujarat in it. All the milk in Delhi is from Gujarat”, he says. “Milk in Singapore is from Gujarat, Okra in Europe is from Gujarat. Tomatoes in Afghanistan are from Gujarat”, he adds. “Gujarat is the only state where the water table table is going up. We have taken an integrated approach to agricultural development.”
- Modi starts talking about the Gujarat model of development. “These days there is a lot of debate about Guajrat’s development model. Our development model doesn’t stand on a single pillar”, says Modi to more applause from the students. “Our economy is one third agriculture, one third industry and one third services. They support each other and we have developed all.”
- Elaborating further, Modi reminds the assembled students that Gujarat was never a traditionally agricultural state. “Gujarat was never an agricultural state. Earlier it meant a desert. We have always had registan (desert) and next door Pakistan.”
- “We have worked hard for agricultural development of Gujarat. You may have heard about Vibrant Gujarat summit. But we also have a Farmer Summit on the hottest days of the year where we help develop agircultural innovations and farmers.”
- India’s biggest challenge is in how it uses opportunity, says Modi
- ” The ambassador of a nation asked me what major challenges India faces and I said the biggest one is that how we use opportunity. When asked what the opportunity was, I said the youth. Europe buddha ho chuka hai, China budha ho chuka hai” “I told him that our nation was rich in national resources but we are not using it properly yet. Thus we are losing opportunities”
- Modi advocates ‘PPGG’ model. And what exactly IS the PPGG model you may ask? People to People Good Governance, which according to Modi is the model he prefers to employ in ensuring good governance. And according to Modi, development like this can be achieved with existing resources and systems. He tells students not to succumb to apathy and disappointment.
- “Everyone thinks ‘What is there to do? Everyone is a robber. Why did God let me be born here.'” But I disagree. I believe that the glass is full. One half with water and the other half with air. I believe the situation can be changed.
- Modi says that Independent India is still waiting for good governance.
- Modi says that despite many Indians sacrificing their lives for independence, India is yet to see good governance. “We have got swaraj but after 60 years we still wait for suraaj”, he says. “For the last few decades we have seen our efforts have failed and in the nation there is an atmosphere of disappointment.” “If India has to make its mark in the global stage then we need to consider how we will govern our nation”, he adds.
- Modi begins his speech firmly rooted in Gujarat. ” I am here from the earth of Gujarat. From the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel”, he says. “Both battles for independence: armed and non-violent were in the hands of Gujaratis.” There is pin drop silence in the hall. The assembled students seem to be hanging on his every word. And Modi takes the dais amid another burst of cheering. He will speak on ‘Emerging business models in the global scenario’
Like Mr. Modi demonstrated in his speech today, though we keep depreciating ourselves by our own words and deeds, but we should at times must look back at the positives and feel proud to be Indian.
The Good, the Bad and the ugly side of the Democratic Republic of India
India, Bharat, Hindustan, whatever you call this beloved country of ours, which celebrated its 62nd Republic Day on 26th January 2013. Gained Independent from British Colonial rule on 15th Agusut, 1947 (we share the Independence day with South Korea), India become a Democratic Republic on 26th January 1950 when the Constitution came into effect. The word socialist was added by PM Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the 70’s when she also put the Constitution aside for a few year and imposed emergency on India to let her son run amok the band of Congress hooligans. After decades and decades of of slow growth and populist & opportunistic politics, India finally began to shake out of the lethargy in mid-90’s through economic reforms which gave a hope to the youth of this nation that they do have a bright future in this country. Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpai led NDA government proved beyond doubt that India had in it to be the top economic power in the world experts across the globe started taking notice of India and its growing economic might, then unfortunately we lost a decade due to the re-emergence socialist theme by the Congress Govt., made worst by the amazing level of corruption by senior ministers in the Mr. Man Mohan Singh’s government.
Now India is again standing at a cross-road, a positive leadership and good governance can really take India out of this gloom and backwardness and really make this country a Sone Ki Chiriya once again. Today, at SRCC Mr. Modi showed again why he is the right person to be in charge for that great move forward in the coming years.
- Since Independence, India has built 1.25 million miles of new roads, raised steel output 50 times and cement 20 times.
- India recycles 60% of its plastic waste. The figures for Japan and China are 12% and 10%, respectively
- India has the second-largest labour force, and yes it has also launched 65 satellites so far.
- India is now 2nd-largest cycle producer in the world. Hero MotoCorp of India is the largest two-wheeler maker.
- India is self-sufficient in grain and cloth, makes more than a million cars a year.
- At 129 m tonnes, India is No.1 milk producer, yet the internal consumption and demand is so high that we imports skimmed powder in summers.
- Foreigners outsource work, queue up for cheaper medical treatment, & pour in cash for better returns.
- RIL’s Jamnagar in Gujarat is the world’s largest grassroots refinery and petrochem complex.
- India churns out most films in the world, Bollywood is bigger than Hollywood
- Based in Mumbai (Bombay) we have . the unique and world benchmarked delivery system of the Dabbawalas, with an efficiency rating of 99.9999%
- Registered companies in India totaled 7.13 lakh in 2005.
- Chess was invented in India and so was Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus too in the past, it was also the place where ‘Place value system’ and the decimal system was developed in 100BC. Value of ‘pi’ first calculated by Budhayana, who explained the concept of Pythagora’s Theorem. He discovered it long before Europeans.
- Over 2,600 years ago, Sushrata, the Father of Surgery, and his team performed surgeries to remove cataract and urinary stones, & graft skin.
- The four religions born in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population
- India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees from Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh
- A Hindu Temple at Tirupathi in south of India (Tamil Nadu) is the world’s largest pilgrimage destination. An average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 m every day
- India has the largest number of post offices. Though it is in perpetual decline now thanks to the information technology revolution – the number of postal items, excluding money orders, handled dropped from 14.2 b in 2001-02 to 4.3 b in 2008-09
- As of 2007, India’s bovine population was 304 million, thankfully the number of donkeys is merely 0.44 million🙂
- The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, HP. Developed in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2,444 metres above sea level
- 31% households use kerosene to light up their homes, 2.9% for cooking
- India’s premier Stock Exchange ‘BSE’ (Bombay Stock Exchange) is ranked 5th in the number of electronic trades, is 3rd-largest index options exchange, 137-year-old BSE is also Asia’s first stock exchange and world’s No. 1 in terms of number (5,000) of listed cos.
- 33.5% households draw drinking water from a handpump
- 46.5% households have mud floors, only 29% have concrete roofs
- 53.1% of households do not have latrine within premises
- 1,448, or 31%, MPs & MLAs who contested In the past 5 yrs faced criminal charges