London: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said here “We believe in peace but we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted.”
Without naming Pakistan, Modi gave a stern message stating those who like to export terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated.
Modi was interacting with participants across the globe in “Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath” programme here on Wednesday (18 April 2018).
The PM also took questions from the participants. Following are the highlights from his interaction with the participants:
Modi said, The person at the Railway Station was Narendra Modi. The person in the Royal Palace in London is the Sevak (servant) of 125 crore Indians
My life at the Railway Station taught me so much. It was about my personal struggles. When you said Royal Palace, it is not about me but about the 125 crore people of India, Modi added.
‘Besabri’ (impatience) is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, a person aspires for a scooter. If a person has a scooter, a person aspires for a car. It is nature to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational, he observed.
Modi further said:
I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India
Yes, people have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it.
During the freedom struggle Mahatma Gandhi did something very different. He turned the freedom struggle into a mass movement. He told every person that whatever you are doing will contribute to India’s freedom
Today the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement
Participative democracy makes good governance possible
Look back at India’s history. India has never desired anyone else’s territory. During World War 1 and 2 we had no stake but our soldiers took part in the Wars. These were big sacrifices. Look at our role in UN Peacekeeping Forces
I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty, I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden.
18,000 villages did not have electricity. So many women do not have access to toilets. These realities of our nation did not let me sleep. I was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India’s poor
I am like any common citizen. And, I also have drawbacks like normal people do
We have a million problems but we have a billion people who can solve them.
One of the things I wanted to do in London was to pay homage to Bhagwan Basaveshwara
The 125 crore people of India are my family
What prevented Indian Prime Ministers from going to Israel. Yes, I will go to Israel and I will even go to Palestine. I will further cooperation with Saudi Arabia and for the energy needs of India I will also engage with Iran
Democracy cannot succeed without constructive criticism.
I want this Government to be criticised. Criticism makes democracy strong.
My problem is not against criticism. To criticise, one has to research and find proper facts. Sadly, it does not happen now. What happens instead is allegations
I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India.