Full address of the Prime Minister on Vijaydashmi, Man Ki Baat.

(Man Ki Baat dated 25th October 2020)

My dear countrymen, Namaskar.

Today is the festival of Vijaydashami, that is Dussehra. On this auspicious occasion, heartiest greetings to all of you. The festival of Dussehra is one of the triumph of truth over untruth. But, simultaneously, it is also the festival of victory of patience over crises. Today, all of you are carrying on with immense patience, celebrating the festival with restraint….and hence, in our ongoing fight, our victory too is assured. Earlier, people used to throng Durga Pandals for a Darshan of Maa. The atmosphere would be almost that of a carnival…but it was not possible this time. Earlier, grand fairs used to be held on the occasion of Dussehra…but in present times, they took on a different form. The festival of Ramleela too was one of its major attractions….but now, that too has been restricted to some extent. Earlier during Navratra, the notes of Garba of Gujarat would reverberate all over….this time all grand events have been curtailed. Many more festivals are on the way in the days to come. There is Eid, Sharad Poornima, Valmiki Jayanti, followed by Dhanteras, Diwali, Bhai dooj, the Pooja of Chatthi Maiyya and the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji…..during this crisis-laden period of Corona, we have to exercise patience, observe restraint.

Friends, when we talk about festivals and make preparations for them, the first thought that strikes us is when to go to the market, what all has to be purchased. Children especially are enthusiastic about it, wondering what they would receive this time in the festival season. The fervour of festivals and the glitter and sparkle of the marketplace are interconnected. But this time when you go shopping, do remember our resolve of ‘Vocal for Local’. While purchasing items from the market, we have to accord priority to local products.

Friends, amid the gaiety of festivities, we should spare a thought for the lockdown period. During the lockdown, we closely came to know about those members of society, without whom our lives would be miserable. Sanitation workers, brothers and sisters working as domestic helps, local vegetable vendors, milkmen, security guards….we have now felt the significance of their roles in our lives in a better way. During the moment of crisis, they were with you; they stood by all of us. Now, during the festivities, amid the rejoicing, we must take them along. I earnestly urge you to ensure, in whatever way, in making them a part of your celebrations. Treat them as members of your own family…..you will see for yourself  how your joy rises by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raises questions on existence of United Nations, itself!!

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Text of PM’s address at the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session 2020:

Respected President of the General Assembly. On behalf of over 1.3 billion people of India, I would like to congratulate every member country on the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. India is proud of the fact that it is one of the founding members of the United Nations. On this historic occasion, I have come to this global platform to share the sentiments of 1.3 billion people of India.

Your Excellency

The world of 1945 was significantly different from today’s world. The global situation, sources-resources, problems-solutions; all were quite different. And as a result the form and the composition of the institution, established with the aim of global welfare, were in accordance with the prevailing situation of those times. Today we are in a completely different era. In 21st century, The requirements and challenges of our present as well as our future are vastly different from those of the past. Therefore, the international community today is faced with a very important question: Whether the character of the institution, constituted in the prevailing circumstances of 1945, is relevant even today? If century changes and we don’t, then strength to bring changes becomes weak. If we assess the last 75 years of the United Nations, we see several achievements

But at the same time, there are also several instances that point to a serious need for introspection for the United Nations. One could say that we have successfully avoided a third world war, but we cannot deny that there have been several wars and many civil wars. Several terrorist attacks shook the world and there have been bloodsheds. The people who lost their lives in these wars and attacks were human beings, like you and me. Thousands of children, who would have otherwise enriched this world, left us prematurely. So many people lost their life savings and became homeless refugees. Were the efforts of the United Nations sufficient during those times or are these efforts adequate even today?

The whole world is fighting the global pandemic of Corona for the last 8-9 months.

Where is the United Nations in this joint fight against the pandemic? Where is its effective response?

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Speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s addressed to the Nation, late in the day. After Greetings to fellow citizens he high lighted that “for over four months the global community has been in the fight against Corona virus and during this period more than 42 lakh people across the world have been infected with Corona. More than 2.75 Lakh people have died tragically. In India too, people have lost their near and dear ones.I express my heartfelt condolences to all.”

He added the gravity of situation:

“Friends, a virus has destroyed the world. Crores of people around the world are facing a crisis. World all over is engaged in a battle to save precious lives. We have never seen or heard of such a crisis. This crisis is unthinkable as well as unprecedented for mankind.”

However-getting exasperated, losing heart or getting shattered, is not acceptable to the mankind. We have to remain vigilant, closely monitor it, follow the rules of engagement in such a war, save ourselves and move ahead. Today, when the world is in crisis, we must strengthen our resolve. Our great resolve will help overcome this crisis.

Friends, we have been hearing since the last century that the 21st century belongs to India. We have seen how the world was before Corona and the global systems in detail. Even after the infliction of the Corona crisis, we are constantly watching the situation as it unfolds across the globe. When we look at these two periods from India’s perspective, it seems that the 21st century is the century for India. This is not our dream, rather a responsibility for all of us.

But what should be its trajectory?

The state of the world today teaches us that a (AtmaNirbhar Bharat) “Self-reliant India” is the only path .It is said in our scriptures – EshahPanthahThat is – self-sufficient India.

As a nation today we stand at a very crucial juncture. Such a big disaster is a signal for India,it has brought a message and an opportunity.I will share my perspective with an example. When the Corona crisis started, there was not a single PPE kit made in India. The N-95 masks were produced in small quantity in India. Today we are in a situation to produce 2 lakh PPE and 2 lakh N-95 masks daily. We were able to do this because India turned this crisis into an opportunity.

This vision of India – turning crisis into opportunity- is going to prove equally effective for our resolve of self-reliant India.

Friends,

Today the meaning of the word self-reliance has changed in the global scenario. The debate on Human Centric Globalization versus Economy Centralized Globalization is on. India’s fundamental thinking provides a ray of hope to world. The culture and tradition of India speaks of self-reliance and the soul is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

India does not advocate self-centric arrangements when it comes to self-reliance. India’s self-reliance is ingrained in the happiness, cooperation and peace of the world.

This is the culture which believes in the welfare of the world, for all the living creatures and the one which considers the whole world as a family. Its premise is ‘माता भूमिः पुत्रो अहम् पृथिव्यः’ – the culture that considers the earth to be the mother. And when the Bharat Bhumi, becomes self-sufficient, it ensures the possibility of a prosperous world. India’s progress has always been integral to the progress of the world.

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Slashing Corporate Tax in one go before an evening in Houston.

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Parliamentary democracy has another problem. When opposition decides to oppose anything and everything, the Parliament becomes irrelevant. As it is happening this year, the affair of budget has shifted out side the Parliament. Finance Minister may have read budget speech in July in Parliament but it was far from over. Amid slowdown, which is partially cyclic, Finance Minister had been making hectic consultations with different section and announcing a slew of relief from tax, every week. This weekend however arrived with the big icings on the cake.

Reduction in Corporate Tax:

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Beware, Modi is back for 5 more years.

I had predicted on 7th May 2019, even before 6 and 7th phase of polling that it is not a Modi wave but it is Tunami. As it turns out that we have a new word for us “TsuNamo” for the phenomenon.

BJP, the ruling party is comfortable around 300, far above the required 272 seats in Parliamnet required for for majority to form the government. Total tally with allies would be around 350 give and take a few seats.

There is no surprise to me at all. When opposition has no story to deliver and gets abusive, people will choose the man even with a (plausible) narrative. In case of Modi it was more than plausible. It was continuation of what he started and to take it further.

Add to it the narrative that common people have no threat from terrorism, in a country where 90,000 deaths have occurred due to terrorism in last 30 years. What these champagne sipping election/media managers think of masses? Dumbwit like the president of the party they represent?

A single most factor which swayed the balance was almost complete clamp down on cash for vote. In many constituencies it had become norm. Reconcile this fact that in 2014 about 300 crore rupee worth cash and goods were seized during elections. This was suspected to be used for bribing the pppr voters. What is the amount seized this year?

It is staggering 3200 crores. Yes. It appears that seizre sucked up most cash at most of places, especially where victory margin was likely to be lower.

The dynasts lost in a big way. The “son of so and so” did not work and they lost. Mostly from Congress. Some of big losers in Election 2019:

1. Misa Bharti- Lost
2. Prakash Ambedkar- Lost
3. Prakash Raj- Lost
4. Kanhaiya- Lost
5. Urmila- Lost
6. Shatrughan- Lost
7. Yakub Qureshi- Lost
8. Supriya- Lost
9. Dimple Yadav- Lost
10. Deve Gowda- Lost
11. Digvijaya- Lost
12. Atishi- Lost
13. Jyotiraditya- Lost

Rahul Gandhi lost his traditional seat in Amethi to Smriti Irani despite the fact that she had made her intentions clear 5 years ago but the arrogant dynast saw no need to nurture it.

9 ex chief Ministers of Congress lost. One ex Prime Minister from south, lost election along with his grand son while the son is presently Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Son of present Chief Minister of Rajasthan lost from Jodhpur. So much for popular support.

Chandra Babu Naidu, CM of Andhra Pradesh who was hopping from one state to another to form a coaliation could not get one yes zero seat from his state. Needless to mention that this coalition had 22 Prime Ministrial candidates if not more.

Most wins have defied age old feudal/tribal caste politics. For a country as slow as it is, India has been through a revolution.

The questuon is will now Narendra Modi take more tough decisions to take it forward?

Lets wait for that.

Presently, congratulations to BJp President Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and entire team of BJP.