The New India promise had made headlines and the statement was variously interpreted - from an indication that the Prime Minister looking further than the coming assembly elections of 2019 to a herald of coming pro-poor government policies.
Today, the Prime Minister said, "New India is not a government scheme of a matter of politics. New India is the dream of 125 crore Indians, which they can make happen before our eyes". The "desire of 125 crore Indians to transform India" forms the foundation of New India, he added.
On his Narendra Modi app, the Prime Minister had asked the people to take a pledge and join him in building a New India by 2022 - the year when the country completes 75 years of Independence. That New India, the appeal said, would be "driven by innovation, hard work and creativity... characterised by peace, unity and brotherhood... free from corruption, terrorism, black money and dirt".
In Mann ki Baat, his monthly radio address, the Prime Minister has spoken on a range of issues, including corruption, economy, farmers' rights and drug addiction. While the Prime Minister often reads out letters from citizens on various issues, the only person so far to co-host the show with him was former President of United States Barack Obama.