Modi bats for innovation, asks youth to work for modern India
September 11, 2017 | 5:11 PM
by PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during celebrations of 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Address, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday batted for innovation and promoting skills among the youth and asked them to work for a modern India.

The world evaluates the country where it is today not what it was 5,000 years ago or during the times of deity Rama or Buddha, the prime minister said at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda's address at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

Vivekananda supported experimentation and innovation and his government was working according to the ideals shown by him, Modi said.

The prime minister referred to Vivekananda’s address as 09/11 and also referred to the terror attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. The devastating terror strike might not have happened if the significance of the other 09/11 had not been forgotten.

Vivekananda, the prime minister added, had given the message of love and brotherhood.

Stressing the importance of the Skill India mission, the prime minister said his government had created a separate ministry for the purpose and added that youth should be groomed in a way that they don't depend on anyone for employment.

"They should be not be job seekers but job creators," he said, referring to various programmes of government like Start Up India, Stand Up India and the Mudra scheme.

Vivekananda, the prime minister said, gave the concept of 'One Asia'. He quoted him as saying that 'One Asia' would have the "strength to show the way" when the world was surrounded by problems.

Modi said India's standing in the world had risen, and credited 'janshakti' (people's power) for this.

"When I go to different countries, I feel that there is change in the way it perceives India (dekhnay kaa najariya badal chukka hai).This is not the political strength but people's power (janshakti)," he said.

The prime minister also asked colleges to hold cultural events to celebrate other states and added in a light-hearted vein that he was not against celebrating days like ‘rose day’. Students should do more, Modi said, asking them hold a Tamil day in a Haryana college or a Kerala day in a Punjab college.

"There is no better place for creativity and innovation than university campuses... There is no life without creativity. Let our creativity also strengthen our nation & fulfil the aspirations of our people,” he said.

Modi used the occasion to speak against people who litter and said those who do so have no right to say ‘Vande Mataram’.The crowd intermittently shouted 'Vande Mataram' as the prime minister spoke.

Lauding sanitation and cleaning workers, he said they have the first right to say ‘Vande Mataram’.

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