January 17, 2022

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Today’s youth has a ‘Can Do’ spirit, a source of inspiration for every generation: PM Modi

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Today’s youth has a ‘Can Do’ spirit, a source of inspiration for every generation: PM Modi
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Today’s youth has a ‘Can Do’ spirit, a source of inspiration for every generation: PM Modi
Today’s youth has a ‘Can Do’ spirit, a source of inspiration for every generation: PM Modi

PUDUCHERRY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry via video conferencing on January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, which is observed as the National Youth Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary in this year of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is all the more inspiring. He said this year is significant as the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 100th death anniversary of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi. “Both these sages have a special relationship with Puducherry. Both have been partners in each other’s literary and spiritual journey”, he said.
Commenting on the young profile of the ancient country, Modi said today, the world looks at India with hope and faith. “Because, India’s demography is young, and the mind of India is also young. There is youth in India’s potential, and in its dreams. India is young in its thoughts as well as in its consciousness. India’s thinking and philosophy have always accepted the change and there is modernity in its antiquity,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the youth of India have democratic values along with the demographic dividend. Their democratic dividend is also incomparable. India considers its youth a demographic dividend as well as a development driver, he said.
Modi stressed that if the youth of India has the charm of technology, then there is also the consciousness of democracy. “Today, if the youth of India has the ability for hard work, then there is also clarity about the future. That is why what India says today, the world considers it to be the voice of tomorrow,” he said.
Modi said the young generation at the time of independence did not hesitate for a moment to sacrifice everything for the country. But today’s youth has to live for the country and fulfil the dreams of the freedom fighters. He added that the youth’s ability is not burdened by old stereotypes. The youth know how to shake them. “This youth can evolve itself and society according to new challenges, new demands and can create new ones. Today’s youth has a ‘Can Do’ spirit which is a source of inspiration for every generation,” he said.
The Prime Minister said India’s youth are writing the code of global prosperity. “The Indian youth is a force to be reckoned with in the unicorn ecosystem all over the world. India today has a strong ecosystem of over 50,000 startups. Out of which, more than 10,000 startups came up amidst the challenge of the pandemic,” he said.
He gave the mantra of new India – Compete and Conquer. That is, get involved and win. Unite and win the battle. He cited the performance in the Olympics and Paralympics and the participation of youth in the vaccination drive as proof of will to win and a sense of responsibility among the youth.
He noted that the government believes that sons and daughters are equal. With this thinking, the government has decided to raise the age of marriage to 21 years for the betterment of daughters. Daughters can also make their career, they get more time, this is a very important step in this direction, he remarked.
Modi said many freedom fighters did not get the recognition that they deserved. The more our youth write, research about such dignitaries, the more awareness will increase in the coming generations of the country, he added. He also called upon the youth to be vocal and contribute to the drive for cleanliness.
The festival aims at shaping the minds of India’s youth and transforming them into a united force for nation-building. It is one of the biggest exercises in social cohesion and intellectual and cultural integration. It aims at bringing diverse cultures of India and integrating them into a united thread of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
Modi also unveiled selected essays on ‘Mere Sapno ka Bharat’ and ‘Unsung Heroes of Indian Freedom Movement’. These essays have been selected from submissions by over one lakh youth on the two themes. Modi also inaugurated a technology centre of the Union micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) ministry, established at Puducherry at a cost of Rs 122 crore. Modi inaugurated the Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam – an auditorium with an open-air theatre, constructed by the Puducherry government at a cost of Rs 23 crore.
Union ministers Anurag Singh Thakur, Narayan Rane, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma and Nisith Pramanik, Puducherry lieutenant governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, chief minister N Rangasamy, his cabinet colleagues and parliamentarians were among those present on the occasion.

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