Mann Ki Baat: PM reaches out to youth post protests

New Delhi, December 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the coming decade belongs to the youth and lauded them for believing in the system and questioning it when it does not respond properly.

Addressing his last “Mann ki Baat” of 2019, he said young India hates anarchy, disorder and dislikes casteism, nepotism and favouritism. His remarks come in the backdrop of recent violent protests in various universities over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed NRC.

“According to me, they appreciate the system. Not just that, they prefer to follow the system. And in the event of the system not responding properly, they get restless and even courageously question the system itself! I consider this attribute as a virtue.

“One can even say with certitude here, that the country’s youth detests anarchy of any sort. They despise any element of lack of governance and instability; abhorring any shades of nepotism, casteism, favouritism or gender discrimination.”

He hoped that young India would play a key role in building modern India in the coming decade and cited Swami Vivekananda, who said young people were full of energy/dynamism and possessed the power to usher in change.

“I am of the firm belief that for India, this decade will be, not only about development and progress of the youth, it will also prove to be about the country’s progress, harnessing their collective might. This generation will play a major role in modernising India; I feel it beyond any doubt,” he said.

Modi exhorted the youth to give a thought to this responsibility and make a resolve to that effect on Vivekananda’s birth anniversary on January 12.

“Our new generation is an embodiment, a reflection of a new system, a new order, a new age, a new thought. These are the very people who have to elevate the country to greater heights,” he said.

He also advocated for the promotion of indigenous products till at least 2022—the year when the country would complete 75 years of its Independence.

Recalling his call for promotion of indigenous products, he said police personnel in Phulpur district of Uttar Pradesh “purchased slippers” produced by women related to a self-help group (SHG) in Kadipur village of the district under the “Gramin Ajivika Mission”. He stressed on community participation in social development projects.

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