Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the power of the country’s youth, reiterating his earlier stand that the guarantee for growth and progress could be ascertained only through peace, unity and harmony.
“If there is no unity, no respect for each other’s traditions, beliefs and thoughts, the country may face hurdles in the path of development. Without peace, unity and harmony, the assets, growth and prosperity will neither enhance the glory of the nation nor be worthwhile for the future of our next generation,” he said.
Addressing the inaugural function of the 20th National Youth Festival organised at Naya Raipur in Chhattisgarh through video conferencing on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said the entire world was looking at India with hopes and expectations since it was the world’s youngest country with immense scope and possibilities.
The five-day youth festival, hosted by Chhattisgarh on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, has the theme Indian youth for skill, development and harmony.
While appreciating the youth across India who are blossoming with innovative ideas, the PM advocated the dignity of labour. “All forms of work — manual or intellectual — deserve respect and dignity with equality,” he said.
He also asked the youth to come up with concrete solutions and a realistic roadmap for 2019 that will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and for 2022 when the nation celebrates its 75th year of Independence.
The PM took the occasion to ask the gathering to download the Narendra Modi mobile application. “You may connect with me thorough this app with ideas and suggestions in the interest of our country,” he said.
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and other state ministers attended the ceremony.