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Modi UNVEILS his vision for India to Delhi students

Last updated on: February 6, 2013 19:18 IST

Modi UNVEILS his vision for India to Delhi students

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Asserting that there is an overwhelming feeling of pessimism in India, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the biggest challenge is to use human resources to its full potential.

The chief minister affirmed that development alone is the solution to all the problems and expressed confidence that it is the youth of India that will fulfill Swami Vivekananda's dream of a Jagad Guru Bharat

Lauding good governance in Gujarat, Modi urged the youth to make proper use of opportunity. "Even after 60 years of independence, India is still worried about getting 'swaraj'. If we want to make a place in the global bandwagon of progress, swaraj should be the focus. By swaraj, I mean good governance. By good governance I mean pro-people good governance," Modi told the students at Delhi University's prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce.

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Video courtesy: Narendra Modi's website


Image: Narendra Modi addresses SRCC students on Wednesday


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'Our model is Pro People, Good Governance'

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"Our model is P2G2-- Pro People, Good Governance. Rulers often follow path of firefighting. But they must visualise things, discover new things, and dream to bring about change. But, in last 6 decades we have not been able to do it. Due to this there is air of pessimism in the nation."

"Today there is an atmosphere of hopelessness. Everyone thinks they want to run away. This is my fourth term as chief minister of Gujarat, and from that experience I know that even with the present set up, we can make progress and achieve much more. I am a very positive man, I believe that we can change the situation," he added.

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Image: Narendra Modi addresses SRCC students on Wednesday
Photographs: Courtesy: Narendra Modi's website

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'Inspite of being a young country we haven't used the opportunities'

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Modi further said, "In spite of being a young country we are being unable to use the opportunities we have".

"We are not a poor country. We are rich in natural resources. We are not using our resources properly. Our challenge is to use them fully. We have huge natural resources, but we have been unable to exploit them," said Modi.

"We have developed our state on three pillars: agricultural, industry and service sector. Even if one pillar fails, the other two can support the economy of the state. The state, which spent years in water scarcity, is now creating history with surplus agriculture. My Vibrant Gujarat Summit happens once in two years, but every year I hold a farmers' festival," he added, while listing the achievements of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state.

In his public address in the national capital after achieving a thumping electoral win in Gujarat in December 2012, Modi also recalled the contributions of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Sadar Vallabhai Patel to the Indian freedom struggle.

"I come from the land of Gujarat, from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhai Patel. A lot of great men spent their lives in jail to free the country. Two streams of thought influenced our freedom struggle -- non-violence and armed revolution. Many leaders sacrificed a lot for our independence," he said.

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Image: Students listen to Narendra Modi at SRCC College in Delhi
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'Our tourism growth is double of that of India'

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"Gujarat was never ahead in services sector earlier. We were best tourists but Gujarat was never tourist destination. Today, our tourism growth is double of that of India.

"See the sphere of education. In 2001 we had 11 universities, today we have 42 universities! And these are not ordinary universities. We are first to have a forensic science university. We are the first state to have Raksha Shakti University where whoever wants to join police, army can join and after regular course can pursue dreams. We have most youthful police force in India. We have stressed on technology-savvy police force," Modi pointed out.

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A significant visit

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Prior to his visit to the prestigious college, Modi faced protests from Left wing students, who openly opposed his Gujarat development model.

The students, who raised slogans of ''Narendra Modi Go Away'', were later baton charged by the police personnel.

Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 in the area.

Modi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day.

The Gujarat chief minister's visit to the national capital assumes significance in the wake of growing clamour in the BJP that he should be named as the party's 2014 prime ministerial candidate.


Image: Modi greets Dr Manmohan Singh at the latter's residence in New Delhi on Wednesday
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Source: ANI