My senior colleagues from the Union Cabinet, the country’s Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh ji, NCC Director General, teachers, guests, all other colleagues of my Council of Ministers, other dignitaries, various artists participating in the Republic Day parade and my young NCC and NSS comrades!
I noticed that so many children dressed like Netaji have come to the Prime Minister’s residence for the first time. At the onset, I salute all of you. The mantra of ‘Jai Hind’ inspires us every time.
In the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to meet young colleagues time and again. A month ago, we celebrated ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ and we got an opportunity to salute the valour and sacrifice of Veer Sahibzaades (the sons of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh). After that I participated in the ‘National Youth Festival’ in Karnataka. Two days later, I met the young Agniveers of the country. Then I met the young players during the Khel Mahakumbh in UP. Today I got the opportunity to meet the students from all over the country involved in the Know Your Leader program in the Parliament and then at the Prime Minister’s residence. Just yesterday, I met the promising children of the country who won the National Child Award. Today I am meeting all of you in this special program. After a few days, I am going to interact with lakhs of youth and students across the country through ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’. Like every year, this time also I am getting the opportunity to be a part of the NCC program.
My interactions with the youth are of special importance to me for two reasons. One, the youth have energy, freshness, enthusiasm, passion and novelty. All this positivity keeps me motivated and encourages me to work day and night. Secondly, all of you represent the country’s aspirations and dreams in this ‘Amrit Kaal’ of independence. You are going to be the biggest beneficiary of a developed India and the biggest responsibility for its foundation also lies on your shoulders. It is encouraging to see the increasing participation of youth in various programs. The participation of children like you in competitions organized with an important message on Parakram Diwas is one such example. Many such events, programs and competitions related to Amrit Mahotsav are being held regularly in the country. Crores of youths are taking part in them. It symbolizes big dreams and dedication for the country at a young age. This is proof that the young generation of India is ready for the responsibilities of the country and is also committed to fulfill its responsibility. I also congratulate all the youths who won in the poetry, drawing, dressing and essay writing competitions. This time also, a large number of our NCC and NSS cadets and various artists are going to participate in the Republic Day parade. My best wishes to all of you.
NCC and NSS are organizations that connect the young generation with national goals and national interests. The whole country has experienced how the volunteers of NCC and NSS increased the potential of the country during the Corona period. Therefore, the government has been constantly trying to encourage and expand these organisations. For example, our border and sea coast districts keep facing different challenges. The government is also preparing youths like you to deal with them. A special program of NCC is being run in dozens of such districts of the country and special training is being imparted through Army, Navy and Air Force. As a result, the young colleagues will be ready for the future and will also be able to play the role of first responder if needed. Now we are also running the Vibrant Border Area Program. Under this program, border villages are being developed with all kinds of facilities. The idea is to increase the potential of the youth in the border areas, make families prefer to stay in their villages, and create better opportunities for education and employment.
Amidst these efforts of the government, you will definitely find one thing useful in your life. When you do something better in life and achieve some success, then along with you, your parents and your family also have an important role behind it. Your teachers, school and your friends also have a big role to play in that. In short, you get everyone’s support and that is the reason for progress. Everyone must have believed in your ability and decisions. Everyone must have joined your effort. And now that you are going to participate in the Republic Day parade, it has increased the respect of your family, school, college and the locality as well. That is, our successes do not result from our efforts alone. And, our successes are never ours alone. You have to maintain the same attitude towards the society and the country in your life. You have to move forward in whatever field you are interested in. But, you have to take along a lot of people with you in realizing your goal. You have to work with team spirit. Therefore, when you align your goals with the goals of the country, your scope of success will widen. The world will see your success as India’s success. Be it scientists like Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Homi Jehangir Bhabha and Dr. C.V. Raman, or Major Dhyan Chand and the present sports persons, the whole world considers their milestones as India’s success. Moreover, the world sees a new future for itself in these successes of India. That is, historical successes are such which become the stepping stones for the development of the entire humanity. This is the real strength of the spirit of ‘Sabka Prayas’ (everyone’s effort).
There is one more special thing about the period in which you are today. Today, the new opportunities available to the youth in the country are unprecedented. Today the country is running campaigns like Startup India, Make in India and AatmaNirbhar Bharat. India is working for the future of the whole world today from the space sector to environment and climate to the challenges associated with it. The country is at the forefront in futuristic fields like artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality. The country has also created a better ecosystem for sports and creativity. You have to become a part of it. You have to search for unseen possibilities, explore untouched areas and find unimagined solutions.
Big goals and resolutions for the future are very important for us. But at the same time, we have to give equal importance to the smaller priorities as well. Therefore, I would urge all of you to be aware of every change happening in the country. You should participate in the new campaigns being run in the country. The example of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ is in front of us. The youths should make this the mission of their life. You have creativity as well as enthusiasm. You can take a pledge that you will work continuously to make your locality, village, city and town clean by forming a team of your friends. When you go out for the cleanliness mission, it will have more effect on older people. Similarly, you must take a resolution to read at least one book related to freedom fighters during Amrit Mahotsav. Many of you would write poems and stories and would also be interested in Vlogging. Make a creative work on the freedom struggle and the life of a freedom fighter. You can also ask your school to organize programs and competitions on this topic. 75 Amrit Sarovars are also being built in each of your districts. You can contribute a lot to Amrit Sarovar in your neighborhood by involving your friends. For example, you can plant trees around Amrit Sarovar. A rally can be taken out to make people aware for its maintenance. You must have also heard about the Fit India Movement going on in the country. This is a very attractive campaign for the youth. Not only should you join it, you must also ask your family members to join. You can start this practice of doing Yoga together with your family every morning. You must have heard India is also presiding over the G-20 this year. This is a very important opportunity for India. You must also read about it and discuss the same in your school and college as well.
Currently, the country is moving forward with the resolution of ‘pride in our heritage’ and ‘freedom from the mentality of slavery’. These resolutions are also the responsibility of the youth of the country. It is your responsibility to preserve and enhance our heritage for the future. You will be able to do this work only when you know and understand the heritage of the country. I suggest that when you go for a trip, you must also visit the heritage sites. You are young and it is time for you to build a vision for the future. You are the creator of new ideas and yardsticks. You are the people who will pave the way for New India. I am sure you will continue to live up to the expectations and aspirations of the country. Many best wishes to all of you once again!
Great interacting with NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and performers, who are a part of this year's Republic Day programme. https://t.co/I0qbuabBi9— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2023
NCC और NSS ऐसे संगठन हैं, जो युवा पीढ़ी को राष्ट्रीय लक्ष्यों से, राष्ट्रीय सरोकारों से जोड़ते हैं। pic.twitter.com/VuXD7SSxkM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 25, 2023
आज देश में युवाओं के जितने नए अवसर हैं, वो अभूतपूर्व हैं। pic.twitter.com/YA2MUFFvPb— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 25, 2023
India's youth have to tap the unseen possibilities, explore the unimagined solutions. pic.twitter.com/f2oyhHJsGO— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 25, 2023
हमारी विरासत को भविष्य के लिए सहेजने और संवारने की ज़िम्मेदारी युवाओं की है। pic.twitter.com/Bj5UaZcj4F— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 25, 2023
NCC-NSS के कैडेट्स हों या फिर उभरते कलाकार, देश की युवाशक्ति से संवाद इन दो कारणों से मेरे लिए बहुत विशेष होता है… pic.twitter.com/Za5bxhPPnU— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2023
देश में युवाओं के लिए आज जितने नए अवसर हैं, वो अभूतपूर्व हैं। pic.twitter.com/MhzIwgVmpf— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2023
भविष्य के लिए हम बड़े लक्ष्य और संकल्प को लेकर चल रहे हैं। इसे देखते हुए सभी युवाओं से मेरा यह आग्रह है… pic.twitter.com/dHH1bVEkON— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2023