Using an unusual platform of a rock concert, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked on Sunday a "can do" attitude of youth to change India and the world, while addressing a thousands-strong crowd which gathered for "Global Citizen Festival" in Central Park in New York.
After a seven-minute speech in English, Modi also read out a Sanskrit scripture calling for "peace in the world" and greeted the largely American crowd with a "Namaste" amid cheers and claps.
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Hailing the Global Citizen movement to end poverty and provide education and basic sanitation to all, Modi said, "Some believe that the world changes with the wisdom of the old. I think that the idealism, innovation, energy and 'can do' attitude of the youth is even more powerful."
"That is my hope for India too (for) 800 million youth joining hands to transform our nation," he added.
Modi said he decided to come to the festival to extend his support and to express his belief that youth of India can join them in this global effort.
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