Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the whole world looks upon India as a shining star. Addressing the NCC Rally in New Delhi, he said that there is now a perception that India not only has a lot of potential, but is also fulfilling that potential.
He said that whether it is the economy or defence, India’s capabilities have expanded. He added that while India is a supporter of peace, India will not hesitate to take any steps required for national security.
Modi said that a lot of important decisions have been taken for defence and security in the last four and a half years. He said India is now among the select few countries which have developed the nuclear triad. He said that youth can realize their dreams only if the country remains secure.
He expressed happiness that in the last one year, NCC cadets have been associated with several important initiatives, such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Digital Transactions etc. He said their contribution to the relief and rescue efforts during the Kerala floods was especially praise worth
He also appreciated the hard work performed by the cadets, many of whom come from villages and small towns. He said many NCC cadets have gone on to make the country proud. In this context, he mentioned the famous athlete Hima Das. He said that hard work and talent are the determinants of success.
He said the Government is trying the replace the VIP culture with EPI – “Every Person is Important.”He urged the cadets to avoid all kinds of negativity, and work for the betterment of the self and the nation. He said several steps are being taken to provide opportunities for women, and to increase their participation in the workforce. He said women have now become fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force for the first time.
The Prime Minister strongly asserted that corruption cannot be a part of New India. He said those indulging in corruption will not be spared.