Next five years crucial to regain India's global position: Modi


Ahmedabad, May 26 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the next five years would be crucial for India to regain its global position.

He equated his first tenure as the Prime Minister (2014-2019), with the five years from 1942 to 1947 leading to Independence, which were key to laying the foundation for a strong India.

Making his first public address in Gujarat after his landslide victory, Modi said: "If we look at the five years leading to Independence from 1942 to 1947, they were very important to revive the idea of India and galvanise the people to fight the external forces."

"This is a similar opportunity to awaken the public consciousness and work hard to scale new heights for the country. We must work as one society with one purpose and in one direction to achieve this goal," he said in his speech outside the old BJP headquarters at JP Chowk, where he took his first steps in politics in the 1980s.

Addressing thousands of people, Modi said wherever he went for campaign during the 2014 and 2019 elections, the stories of Gujarat's development had already reached there.

Giving an example, he said: "I watched a social media interview of an elderly woman in Bengal where she kept on repeating Modi-Modi. But when asked who she will vote for, she said she will vote for the Communists.

"When she was asked why, since she wanted Gujarat like development, she said this is Bengal, we can't say all this publicly, you never know what happens to you."

Modi, along with BJP President Amit Shah, arrived here on a two-day thanksgiving visit to Gujarat, which gave the party all the 26 Lok Sabha once again. Modi later took his nonagenarian mother Hiraba's blessings at Raisin near state capital Gandhinagar. He would spend the night at the Raj Bhawan before returning to Delhi on Monday.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Mon, May 27 2019

    As long is Indian system of governance including government rooted with three C's-Criminals, Corruption and Communalism, India does not have a position in the world.
    Besides, Most of the Indian citizenry have no basic necessities, water, sanitation, electricity ,sewer systems and toilets.
    Indian citizenry cannot travel visa free unlike advanced nations
    Indian citizenry have no jobs and future, many are leaving to other countries to make living.
    Indian education system is degrading.
    Indian cities are dirty and clogged with garbage.
    Indian cities and towns clogged with cows, stray dogs, animals, monkeys
    Indian technologies are borrowed technologies.

    And the list goes on and on.

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Modiji, you had internet and digital camera in1988 under 70 years of Congress rule. What did you give new (that was not there before 2014) in 5 years ?

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  • paul menezes, bangalore/mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Dear PM leave India's Global position. First first fix the economy chaos created by your finance ministry with wrong decision of democratisation and wrongly implementation of GST. Then create Jobs then Indian position will be high in global market ...

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  • george, Mlur

    Mon, May 27 2019

    All 5 years planning but no progress.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    With the slowdown in the economy, loss of jobs for the youth, farmers continued distress, PSU's and Banks in shambles, record borrowing from the RBI and the 24X7 attention to only elections by the PM, the country can never ragain any global position in such an auto pilot mode. Only slogans will not help us regain our global positon and as best such slogans can only fool the Indian people.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 27 2019

    We have to start from 2014 ...

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  • SKM, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Hope that there will be constructive effort to build the nation as badly required especially in economic front rather than issuing statements to cement vote bank.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, May 27 2019

    we should eliminate poverty
    we should keep our country clean
    we should become no 1
    we should ….
    when will we and how is the question ????

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  • abdulla, india

    Mon, May 27 2019

    PMModi has a challenge ahead ...
    Now that the road is clear...
    We need to work very very hard...together .
    KANDE SE KANDA MILA KE Chalna HEI...
    Yes,'with Respect..Love and Harmony.
    we are one ..we are Indians..
    We need to build a clean and neat india.....
    constructive Politics..Action oriented..
    Focus on Economy build up..Industries.. Manufacture..
    Swadeshi..... A to Z to be produced in India..even if need to be copied.. but add great value....
    R&D...
    Mass scale of economics..
    Let every indian work in uniform with 100% Discipline... innovation..
    can our Roads be clean....
    can we plan and build a Great Master Plan for the States.. cities.. and theNation...
    we have a lot of constructive work from now....
    Hard work
    work like PMModi for 16 hours a day for 300 days a year.
    Mantra is :
    sab ka saath sab ka vikaas.
    Together.. unitedly..
    Education is must..literacy....
    Rise above religion..
    work hard like the Japanese: Korea....Taiwan.. chinese..
    If they can do we can do better.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Sun, May 26 2019

    we all know that sir ..even last five years was crucial
    Gujarat has never seen proper development and that's why BJP had a major issue with the last state elections ..it has never surpassed karnatka /tn/ap /maharstraa

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