A few observations:
If Narendra Modi Govt is serious and sincere, steps should also do the following:
1. Make it mandatory for all in the government to utilise government schools and hospitals. If not they should quit the government.
2. PM made it clear that Pakistan should stop support to terrorism to engage in talks. In a similar way India should stop giving importance to USA if they continue to support terrorism by selling arms to India as well as Pakistan.
On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
There is a high tide of hope for change in India. This May, across
India's immense diversity, 1.25 billion people spoke unequivocally for
political stability, good governance and rapid development. India has
a government with a majority in the Lok Sabha, our lower house of
parliament, for the first time in 30 years. A young nation with 800
million people under age 35, India is brimming with optimism and
confidence. The young people's energy, enthusiasm and enterprise are
India's greatest strength. Unleashing those attributes is my
government's biggest mission.
We will pursue this mission by eliminating unnecessary laws and
regulations, making bureaucratic processes easier and shorter, and
ensuring that our government is more transparent, responsive and
accountable. It has been said that doing the thing right is as
important as doing the right thing.
We will create world-class infrastructure that India badly needs to
accelerate growth and meet people's basic needs. We will make our
cities and towns habitable, sustainable and smart; and we will make
our villages the new engines of economic transformation. "Make in
India" is our commitment—and an invitation to all—to turn India into a
new global manufacturing hub. We will do what it takes to make it a
We ran our election campaign on the promise of inclusive development.
To me, that means many things: skills education, and opportunity;
safety, dignity and rights for those in every section of our society,
especially women; a bank account for every Indian; affordable health
care within everyone's reach; sanitation for all by 2019; a roof over
every head by 2022; electricity for every household; and connectivity
to every village. In addressing these daunting challenges, I draw
confidence from countless extraordinary stories of ordinary Indians
that I have seen through decades of travel across India.
I also strongly believe in the possibilities of technology and
innovation to transform governance, empower people, provide affordable
solutions for societal challenges and reach people in ways that were
unimaginable not so long ago. The number of cell phones in India has
gone up from about 40 million to more than 900 million in a decade;
our country is already the second-largest market for smart phones,
with sales growing ever faster. When I think of the growth in
computing power and storage capacity and its miniaturization that the
world has witnessed over the past two decades, I am confident that
this can be replicated in renewable energy. With solar and wind power,
thousands of Indian villages will be able to get access quickly to
reliable, affordable and clean energy, without waiting for large,
faraway conventional power plants to be built.
For this reason, India's journey to prosperity can be a more
sustainable and environmentally sensitive one than the path followed
by countries that came of age in earlier eras. This is a journey of
our choice, rooted in our tradition that worships nature's bounties.
India will pursue its dreams in partnership with our international
friends. History tells us that India's natural instinct is to be open
to the world. India will be open and friendly—for business, ideas,
research, innovations and travel. In the coming months, you will feel
the difference even before you begin your travel to India.
The United States is our natural global partner. India and the U.S.
embody the enduring and universal relevance of their shared values.
The thriving Indian-American community in the U.S. is a metaphor for
the potential of our partnership, and for the possibilities of an
environment that nurtures enterprise and rewards hard work. Our
strengths in information technology are especially important for
leadership in the digital age. The partnership between our businesses
takes place in the comfort and certainty of similar political systems
and shared commitment to rule of law. In education, innovation, and
science and technology, the U.S continues to inspire India.
India and the U.S. have a fundamental stake in each other's
success—for the sake of our values and our many shared interests. That
is also the imperative of our partnership. And it will be of great
value in advancing peace, security and stability in the Asia and
Pacific regions; in the unfinished and urgent task of combating
terrorism and extremism; and in securing our seas, cyber space and
outer space, all of which now have a profound influence on our daily
The complementary strengths of India and the U.S. can be used for
inclusive and broad-based global development to transform lives across
the world. Because our countries' values and interests are aligned,
though our circumstances are different, we are in a unique position to
become a bridge to a more integrated and cooperative world. With
sensitivity to each other's point of view and the confidence of our
friendship, we can contribute to more concerted international efforts
to meet the pressing global challenges of our times.
This is a moment of flux in the global order. I am confident in the
destiny of our two nations, because democracy is the greatest source
of renewal and, with the right conditions, offers the best opportunity
for the human spirit to flourish.
Mr. Modi is prime minister of India.