Modi Urges Youth to Follow His 3S Mantra
By Express News Service | Published: 10th February 2014 07:53 AM |
BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday exhorted young men and women to involve themselves in the concerns of the nation. He called for the participation of the youth, to whom he advocated the mantra of ‘speed, skill and scale’, as a cornerstone of efforts to meet the aspirations of a developed India.
Modi pushed education as a critical factor in this process, and expressed support for an increasing role for private players in the education sector, even as he said the prerogative of institution building still lay with government.
Modi’s comments were part of an apolitical speech he delivered at the ninth convocation of SRM University, near Chennai. The Gujarat chief minister spoke in the presence of the varsity’s Chancellor T R Pachamuthu, who recently announced that his political outfit, the Indhiya Jananayaka Katchi, would throw its weight behind the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
“Private enterprise is more than eager to enter this (education) field. I am personally quite convinced that we should give them a free hand. But, I also believe that to make a beginning and to make it big and impressive, institution building has to begin with government. That is why I recently said that it is our commitment to establish IIT, IIM and AIIMS in every state of our country,” said Modi.
He further said India was known for curtailing enterprise, given various regulatory issues. Coupled with what he called the ‘politics of aspiration’, which has risen over the past decade, and a lack of governance, it had led to a trust deficit.
He advocated a more proactive role for the youth of the country in changing this state of affairs.
“The young generation of today is globally connected. They know what is happening around the world. They want to see a developed India. They want to live in an equitable and efficient India. And, they want it fast. We have to work for this. I particularly encourage the young men and women to actively participate in national affairs. Nothing comes out of sitting at home. You too will have to take a step forward,” said Modi.
He advised the youth of the country to imbibe the three-pronged strategy of ‘speed, skill and scale’, where they would carry out their tasks without delay, perform with skill and cast off the shackles of legacy and think big.
He urged them to ‘build, own and run’ institutions like Microsoft, Apple and Google.
Modi’s address was witnessed by about 5,000 graduates of SRM University, who attended the convocation, and their parents and family members. He presented certificates and medals to rank holders, and a prestigious honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) to DRDO Director General Avinash Chander.
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