Youth is our new-age power: Narendra Modi at Delhi college- Highlights

Youth is our new-age power: Narendra Modi at Delhi college- Highlights
New Delhi Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is in Delhi and addressing students at one of India's top colleges on 'emerging business models in a global scenario'. Just before he arrived at the SRCC college hundreds of students had gathered to protest the invitation to him. In spite of the protests outside, at least 1800 students were inside the hall to listen to him.

Highlights of his address to the students.

  • I come from the land of Gujarat, from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhai Patel.
  • A lot of great men spent their lives in jail to free the country.
  • Two streams of thought  influenced our freedom struggle - non-violence and armed revolution.
  • Many leaders sacrificed  a lot for our independence.
  • After 60 years of independence, India is still worried about getting ' Suraaj.'
  • If we want to make a place in the global bandwagon of progress, Suraaj  should be the focus.
  • By Suraaj I mean good governance. By good governance I mean, P2G2. Pro-People - Pro Government.
  • Governments in India have been acting as fire-fighters.
  • Today there is an atmosphere of hopelessness - everyone thinks they want to run away.
  • This is my fourth term as CM of Gujarat, and from experience I know that even with the present set up, we can make progress and achieve much more.
  • I am a very positive man, I believe  we can change the situation. 
  • The optimist will say this is half full, the pessimist will say it is half empty. I have a third view. This glass is full -- half with water, half with air.
  • I told a diplomat who had come to meet me recently that our greatest challenge is how to use opportunities - we have the youngest population in the world.  
  • In spite of being a young country we are being unable to use the opportunities we have.
  • We are not a poor country. We are rich in natural resources. We are not using our resources properly, our challenge is use them fully. 
  • We have developed our state on 3 pillars. Agricultural, industry, service sector. Even if one pillar fails, the other two can support the economy of the state. 
  • The state which spent years in water scarcity, is now creating history with surplus agriculture.
  • My Vibrant Gujarat summit happens once in two years, but every year I hold a farmers' festival.  
  • We teach our farmers how to increase their produce, Farmers have a soil health card. He knows what to do for his soil. People in India don't have their own health cards.
  • We have started a project to reserve water. Gujarat is the only state where water level is going up.
  • When I become CM for first time, cotton bales were 23 lakhs, now it is over 1 crore bales.
  • We need to work on value addition. Farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion, fashion to foreign. 
  • We have taken an integrated approach to development of the agriculture sector.
  • People in Delhi drink milk that comes from Gujarat. In Europe, if you eat bhindi, that would have come from Gujarat.
  • People from tribal belt near Gujarat-Maharashtra border came to me. They wanted better roads. They said they have done an agreement with Finland and we grow bananas for them. Because the roads are not good, the produce is spoilt. 
  • We hold a medical camp for cattle regularly. As a result in last 6 years, over 100 cattle disease has been eradicated. 
  • Due to cattle well-being, milk produce has increased. As a result a village's economy is strengthened. 
  • We were not strong in service sector but now Gujarat's tourism is double of India's. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan himself now goes to every home and invites people to Gujarat. 
  • Today the number of our universities has increased. We are the first in the world to have a forensic university. A lot of countries in the world our associated with that university.
  • Police recruitment in our country is done on physical stature. We have opened a security university. In that university, anyone who wants to go to the army or police forces can sign up for 3 or 5 year courses from school. That provides quality manpower.
  • Gujarat has the youngest police force in the country - a constable in Gujarat is tech savvy.
  • We have also started the Indian Institute of Teachers Education.
  • India exports everything, why not export teachers.
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  • When we were young anything that was 'Made in Japan' was bought without a second thought. Why not create a 'Made in India' craze.
  • We hosted CWG, through that one event we could have created branding for our country.
  • Vibrant Gujarat created a branding for Gujarat. 50% GDP of the country was under one roof at the Vibrant Gujarat summit. I had 10 days to organize it but 121 countries were there.   
  • We work hard to produce salt, there is no one in India jisne Gujarat ka namak na khaya ho. 
  • Our mantra is Gujarat ke vikas mein desh ka vikas.
  • Our youth is the 'new-age power'. 
  • We should work towards the fruition of Swami Vivekanand's dream in the 150th year of his birth.
  • 21st century is a century of knowledge and therefore, I believe, it can be India's century. 
  • The world used to think India is the country of snake-charmers, of black magic. Our youth has changed this perception in the last 20 years. 
  • Our youth has changed the image of India globally. Till 15 years ago we were considered a land of black-magic and snake charmers. We have become mouse-charmers, the youth of this country can rule the world by a  their fingers with a mouse. 
  • (Bill) Clinton visited a village where women were working on computers. The illiterate sarpanch of that village stood eye to eye with the most powerful man in the world. People thought he was asking for a visa or a job for his son. But that man asked Mr Clinton , do you still consider my country to be backward?  Mr Clinton had to say that No. And he will carry that message wherever he goes. 
  • Our youth has desire and strength but because of lack of skills they can't progress.  We need to focus on skill-development.
    I believe govt has no business to do business - Minimum Government Maximum Governance. 
  • All the Metro coaches in Delhi are manufactured in Gujarat. We need to work with speed and on a large scale.
  • Development is the solution to all problems.
  • The country has been adversely affected by votebank politics - we need development politics. There is no alternative to development.









Story First Published: February 06, 2013 15:03 IST

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