Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday. Delivering his address before the assembly, PM made an emphatic case for democracy saying “Democracy can deliver, democracy has delivered”. He elaborated on the beauty of democracy in India with his own example saying that a child who sold tea at the age of 4, had got the opportunity to lead India – the mother of democracy.
In his first in-person address at the UNGA, PM Modi touched upon an array of topics from the COVID-19 pandemic, to democracy, and sent a strong-worded message to those who use terrorism and expansionism as a ‘tool’. Here are some key takeaways from PM Modi’s UNGA speech.
Every sixth person in the world is an Indian: PM Modi
Building a case for India, which is emerging as a growing superpower, PM Modi shared that today every 6th person in the world is Indian, therefore when India grows, the world grows.
He said, “When India reforms the world transforms. Through various transformational development programmes, it is contributing to global development and ensuring that no one is left behind.”
Tech innovations during COVID
PM cited India’s tech innovations from ensuring financial inclusion through UPI or improving vaccination drive in the fight against COVID-19 through CoWin app, saying that they were helping the world today. Through the“Seva Parmo Dharm”, India has successfully overcome various constraints and innovated vaccines including the world’s first DNA vaccine, PM Modi highlighted. Along with this, India is also working on a nasal vaccine and an MNRA vaccine.
“This is possible through the hard work of various stakeholders including scientists, doctors, front line workers etc,” he said as he invited all to come to India and partner in this noble mission.
In a global push for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, PM Modi invited the world’s vaccine manufacturers to come and produce vaccines in India. “Aatmanirbhar Bharat is aimed at expanding global value chains. India is a trustworthy and democratic partner for global industrial diversification,” he said.
At the UNGA, PM Modi cited India’s efforts towards combating climate change stating that the country was ensuring a balance between economy and ecology. “The world can take pride in India’s efforts to combat climate change,” he stated.
On terrorism and extremism
In a veiled dig at China and Pakistan, PM Modi said that those countries which used terrorism as a ‘weapon’ should understand that it is an equal threat to them. He also weighed in on the Afghanistan crisis saying that over the last few decades, India had ensured that the Afghan soil is not used as a ‘terror bed’ to spread terrorism.
On the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, PM Modi gave a message of ‘integral humanism and Antyodaya’ before the UNGA assembly. “We are committed to his message of “expansion of the self, moving from individual to the society, the nation and entire humanity,” he stated. The leader ended with a quote by Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, saying, “continue to work on your path without fear, and all weaknesses and apprehensions will vanish”.
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