The Defence Minister of the country, Shri Rajnath Singh ji, NCC DG Lt. General Gurbirpal Singh ji, all the dignitaries and officers present here, artists participating in the Republic Day parade and NSS-NCC comrades!
The nation is currently celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of its independence. And when a young country becomes witness to such a historic occasion, there appears to be an altogether different enthusiasm in its celebration. I saw the same enthusiasm at Cariappa Ground as well. This is the insight of that youth power of India who will fulfill our resolutions and build a grand India of 2047 when the country completes 100 years of independence in 2047.
I am proud that I too have been an active cadet of NCC like you. But I was not privileged like you. I derive immense strength from the upbringing and training in NCC in discharging my responsibilities towards the country. Recently, I also got the NCC alumni (membership) card. Therefore, along with the Prime Minister of the country, I am also associated with you in this manner also. I salute all the office bearers and fellow cadets of NCC on this occasion. I extend my warm wishes to the cadets who were awarded today. Today is also the birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter, Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai ji. Today is also the birth anniversary of Field Marshal Cariappa. I respectfully bow to these brave sons of the country who played an important role in nation-building.
Today, when the nation is marching ahead with new resolutions, our efforts are also underway to strengthen the NCC. A high-level review committee has been set up in this regard. We have made one lakh new cadets in the border areas of the country in the last two years. I am happy with the increased use of modern technology like simulation in the NCC cadets’ training. The nation is also taking many steps to connect our education system with NCC. Under the self-financing scheme, one lakh cadets have been raised in the colleges of the country. A similar effort is now underway in schools for one lakh cadets.
Under the new National Education Policy, 90 universities have also started NCC as an elective subject. I can see a large number of girl cadets here today. It is a symbol of the changing frame of mind. The country needs your special contribution today. There are immense opportunities for you in the country today. Now the daughters of the country are getting enrolled in Sainik Schools. Women are getting huge responsibilities in the army. The daughters of the country are flying fighter planes in the Air Force. Therefore, we should make efforts to involve more and more daughters in NCC. The daughters who joined NCC themselves can become an inspiration in this regard.
The country’s famous poet Makhanlal Chaturvedi has written —
भूखंड बिछा, आकाश ओढ़, नयनोदक ले, मोदक प्रहार,
ब्रह्मांड हथेली पर उछाल, अपने जीवन-धन को निहार।
These lines describe the culmination of power. May the power be such that it can spread the land, cover the sky and can toss the universe on the palm! The strength should be such that even the toughest situations can be faced with a smile and courage. Today Maa Bharti is giving this call to the youth of India.
भूखंड बिछा, आकाश ओढ़, नयनोदक ले, मोदक प्रहार,
ब्रह्मांड हथेली पर उछाल, अपने जीवन-धन को निहार।
The next 25 years of ‘Amrit Kaal’ (virtuous period) is the tide of patriotism. And the challenge today is not whether anyone in the world will acknowledge it or not. What is relevant today is that India should not be weak in its efforts when the world is looking at it with so much hope and confidence!
Today a huge responsibility lies on the youth of our country to provide energy to the resolutions and campaigns undertaken by India in the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. Most of the young men and women in NCC and NSS today are born in this century itself. You have to take India with great pride till 2047. Therefore, the fulfillment of your efforts and resolutions will be India’s accomplishment and success. There is no greater devotion than patriotism and there is no greater interest than national interest. Whatever you accomplish while keeping the country paramount will help in the development of the country. Today, our youth have made India one of the top three start-ups in the world. The number of unicorns during this Corona crisis is a show of strength of the youth of India. Can you imagine more than 50 unicorns have come into existence during the Corona period? And you must be aware that the capital of each unicorn and start-up is more than 7,500 crore rupees. This ability and potential instill great confidence. And do you know, what’s the important thing about it? These start-ups fulfill one or the other requirements of the country. Someone is innovating in agriculture; someone is involved in improving the supply chain, whereas someone is doing something new to bring about changes in the education sector. They have the passion to do something for the country.
No power in the world can stop the country whose youths start moving ahead with the idea of the nation first. India’s success in the field of sports today is also a great example of this. The talent, determination and hard work of the player have their own importance, but now 130 crore countrymen are involved in his defeat and victory. The entire country unites behind the youth of India when he is taking on somebody in any field. There is also a strong feeling among the players that they are playing for the country and not for the award. The youth, the future generation of the country, has to move forward with this spirit in every field.
This period of Corona has acquainted the entire world with the discipline and social power of Indians. The world was stunned when the entire country united during the ‘Janata Curfew’ to fight against Corona. Some people curse our society, but the same society demonstrated that nothing is more important when it comes to the country. This is an example that our country can do so much if it gets the right direction and lessons.
The youths of NCC and NSS have also won the hearts of everyone with their service in this Corona crisis. Now you also have the responsibility to ensure that your training in NCC is not only restricted to when you are in the uniform. It should be part and parcel of your life and reflect from time to time. You should reckon how you will benefit society as a cadet. For example, if you live in a village, you can find out whether any student has dropped out of school. You can carry forward the spirit of NCC if you meet him and understand his problem and make efforts to help him resume his studies.
You can also form different teams in your localities in villages, towns and cities to promote cleanliness campaign, because you have to apply the leadership qualities which you learned here in the society. Your ‘Puneet Sagar Abhiyan’ for cleaning the beaches, which earned a lot of praise, should continue even after your tenure with NCC. Similarly, a mass movement ‘Catch the Rain’ is underway in the country. You can create awareness among people about how to save rainwater and keep our ponds and lakes clean.
During the freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhi had associated the common man of the country with such tendencies, which also provided livelihood to the people, and at the same time, the patriotism movement also gained momentum. Like someone used to spin yarns, or somebody was involved in adult education, cow rearing, or in sanitation. Gandhiji linked all these issues to the freedom movement. Similarly, we have to link our aptitude and actions with the development, expectations and aspirations of the country for the next 25 years during this virtuous period of independence. Today the country is moving ahead with the resolution of ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’. All the youth can play an important role in the ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign.
If the youth of India are determined to use only that product that has the labour and sweat of an Indian then the destiny of India can change rapidly. The mantra of ‘Vocal for Local’ is directly related to the youth of the country. When people buy local products, local production will also increase and its quality will also improve. When local production increases, new sources of employment will also increase at the local level.
This is the time for technology and innovation. This is the period of digital revolution. If there is any hero of this era, it is you all my young companions. Therefore, in this era of change, you have many new responsibilities as a cadet. You have to lead the country to make India a leader in this revolution and at the same time face the resultant challenges. Today, on the one hand, there are many possibilities in digital technology and information; on the other hand, there are dangers of misinformation. It is also necessary to ensure that the common man of our country does not fall prey to any rumour. NCC cadets can run an awareness campaign in this regard. Another challenge that is facing today’s youth is the deteriorating harmony between virtual and real-life! The NCC can devise training methods for this cohesion for its cadets, which can be helpful to others as well.
I want to raise another issue before you. It is regarding drugs and intoxication. You all are aware of the damages caused to our young generation due to drug addiction. Then how can drugs reach the schools and colleges where there is NCC and NSS. As a cadet, you yourself should stay away from drugs and at the same time keep your campus free from drugs. Help your friends, who are not in NCC-NSS, to quit this bad habit.
A few years back, a portal was also launched to give new energy to such collective efforts of the country. This is the Self4Society portal. Different people, companies and organizations are part of this portal and they cooperate in the field of social service. Especially, IT and tech companies of India have done a great job in this direction. Today more than 7,000 organizations and 2.25 lakh people are associated with it doing social service. Lakhs of the youth of NCC-NSS must also join this portal.
Brothers and sisters,
We have to expand the NCC cadets as well as take forward the cadet spirit. It is the responsibility of all of us that this spirit reaches the masses and the villages. And I believe the NCC alumni have a huge role to play in this regard. The NCC Alumni Association will play the role of a bridge and a network in this initiative. Since I am myself a member of this association, I appeal to all the alumni colleagues spread across the country and abroad to be an active part of this mission. Because, once a cadet is always a cadet! Wherever we are placed, in whatever field we are serving, our experiences can be of great use to the country and the new generation. Our experiences can be useful in making NCC better than ever as an organization. This will spread the NCC spirit and the sense of duty in society as well.
I am sure that our efforts in the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence will become the energy of building a new India, and NCC cadets will play an important role in this. With this belief, thank you all so much!
Bharat Mata ki, Jai!
Bharat Mata ki, Jai!
Bharat Mata ki, Jai!
Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram!
Addressing the NCC Rally. https://t.co/R1XBNFWe9v— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 28, 2022
इस समय देश अपनी आज़ादी का अमृत महोत्सव मना रहा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
और जब एक युवा देश, इस तरह के किसी ऐतिहासिक अवसर का साक्षी बनता है, तो उसके उत्सव में एक अलग ही उत्साह दिखता है।
यही उत्साह मैं अभी करियप्पा ग्राउंड में देख रहा हूं: PM @narendramodi
मुझे गर्व है कि मैं भी कभी आपकी तरह ही एनसीसी का सक्रिय कैडेट रहा हूँ।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
मुझे एनसीसी में जो ट्रेनिंग मिली, जो जानने सीखने को मिला, आज देश के प्रति अपनी जिम्मेदारियों के निर्वहन में मुझे उससे असीम ताकत मिलती है: PM @narendramodi
आज जब देश नए संकल्पों के साथ आगे बढ़ रहा है, तब देश में एनसीसी को मजबूत करने के लिए भी हमारे प्रयास जारी हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
इसके लिए देश में एक हाई लेवेल रिव्यू कमेटी की स्थापना की गई है।
पिछले दो सालों में हमने देश के सीमावर्ती क्षेत्रों में 1 लाख नए कैडेट्स बनाए हैं: PM @narendramodi
अब देश की बेटियाँ सैनिक स्कूलों में एड्मिशन ले रही हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
सेना में महिलाओं को बड़ी जिम्मेदारियाँ मिल रही हैं।
एयरफोर्स में देश की बेटियाँ फाइटर प्लेन उड़ा रही हैं।
ऐसे में हमारा प्रयास होना चाहिए कि एनसीसी में भी ज्यादा से ज्यादा बेटियाँ शामिल हों: PM @narendramodi
आज इस समय जितने भी युवक-युवतियां NCC में हैं, NSS में हैं, उसमें से ज्यादातर इस शताब्दी में ही पैदा हुए हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
आपको ही भारत को 2047 तक लेकर जाना है।
इसलिए आपकी कोशिशें, आपके संकल्प, उन संकल्पों की सिद्धि, भारत की सिद्धि होगी, भारत की सफलता होगी: PM @narendramodi
जिस देश का युवा, राष्ट्र प्रथम की सोच के साथ आगे बढ़ने लगता है, उसे कोई दुनिया की कोई ताकत रोक नहीं सकती।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
आज खेल के मैदान में, भारत की सफलता भी इसका एक बड़ा उदाहरण है: PM @narendramodi
आजादी के अमृतकाल में, आज से लेकर अगले 25 वर्ष, आपको अपनी प्रवृतियों को, अपने कार्यों को देश के विकास के साथ, देश की अपेक्षाओं के साथ जोड़ना है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
सभी युवा, वोकल फॉर लोकल के अभियान में बहुत बड़ी भूमिका निभा सकते हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
अगर भारत के युवा ठान लें कि जिस चीज के निर्माण में किसी भारतीय का श्रम लगा है, किसी भारतीय का पसीना बहा, सिर्फ वही चीज इस्तेमाल करेंगे, तो भारत का भाग्य बदल सकता है: PM @narendramodi
आज एक ओर डिजिटल टेक्नोलॉजी और इन्फॉर्मेशन से जुड़ी अच्छी संभावनाएं हैं, तो दूसरी ओर misinformation के खतरे भी हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
हमारे देश का सामान्य मानवी, किसी अफवाह का शिकार न हो ये भी जरूरी है।
NCC कैडेट्स इसके लिए एक जागरूकता अभियान चला सकते हैं: PM @narendramodi
जिस स्कूल-कॉलेज में NCC हो, NSS हो वहां पर ड्रग्स कैसे पहुंच सकती है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
आप कैडेट के तौर पर खुद ड्रग्स से मुक्त रहें और साथ ही साथ अपने कैंपस को भी ड्रग्स से मुक्त रखें।
आपके साथी, जो NCC-NSS में नहीं हैं, उन्हें भी इस बुरी आदत को छोड़ने में मदद करिए: PM @narendramodi
प्रसिद्ध कवि माखनलाल चतुर्वेदी की इन पंक्तियों के साथ मां भारती भी आज भारत के युवाओं से यही आह्वान कर रही है… pic.twitter.com/gP2XJzX6Ev— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 28, 2022
NCC और NSS के युवाओं ने कोरोना के संकटकाल में अपने सेवाभाव से सभी का दिल जीता है। अब ये देखना भी आपका दायित्व है कि एक कैडेट के तौर पर आपने जितना कुछ सीखा है, उसका लाभ समाज को आगे कैसे मिले। pic.twitter.com/O5ly8pG1eM— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 28, 2022
अगर देश के युवा ठान लें कि सिर्फ वही चीज इस्तेमाल करेंगे, जिसके निर्माण में किसी भारतीय का श्रम लगा है, तो भारत का भाग्य बदल सकता है। pic.twitter.com/ZZEBsse6F1— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 28, 2022
यह समय Technology और Innovation का है, डिजिटल क्रांति का है। इस युग का अगर कोई नायक है, तो वो देश के युवा हैं। इसलिए, बदलाव के इस दौर में बतौर कैडेट कई नई जिम्मेदारियां भी आपके पास हैं। pic.twitter.com/zWp0Tn3dIx— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 28, 2022