Calling India the “Mother of Democracy”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today presented the country’s credentials on this front to the United Nations General Assembly. Speaking at the 76th such gathering in New York City, he gave the example of the Indian political system that empowers people and ensures “equitable development”.
“Yes, democracy can be effective. Yes, democracy has been effective,” Prime Minister Modi said emphatically, citing his own 20 years as head of government – both as minister in government. leader of Gujarat and Prime Minister of India.
“The strength of our democracy is demonstrated by the fact that a little boy who was helping his father at a tea stand addresses the United Nations General Assembly for the fourth time as Prime Minister of India.” , he said, once again citing his own Example.
He noted that last month India entered the 75th year of its independence, and further strengthened the country’s democratic traditions, saying its diversity is the “identity” of that tradition.
The day before, during a meeting with him, US Vice President Kamala Harris said: “As democracies around the world are under threat, it is imperative that we defend democratic principles and institutions in our respective countries and in the world. we stand by what we need to do to strengthen democracies at home and it is of course incumbent on our nations to protect democracies in the best interests of the peoples of our countries. “
Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi began the speech by paying tribute to the large number of lives lost since 2019 in the global Covid pandemic.
The Prime Minister returned to the subject soon after, citing India’s ability to develop and manufacture vaccines and the establishment of the Co-WIN platform to streamline the ongoing vaccination campaign in the country.
He told the General Assembly that India has resumed the process of delivering vaccines to those in need around the world.
“I would like to inform the United Nations General Assembly that India has developed the world’s first DNA-based vaccine … Another is in the final stages of development. Indian scientists are also working on the development of a nasal coronavirus vaccine, ”he said. noted.
“I extend my invitation to vaccine manufacturers all over the world: come and make vaccines in India.”
Earlier, explaining how the world grows when India grows and how the “world changes when India reforms”, Prime Minister Modi listed other achievements of the country on the welfare front.
Inspired by the philosophy of “integral humanism” of Deendayal Upadhyay, the ideological torchbearer of his party, the BJP, he said India was ensuring inclusive and equitable development for all.
Extending his favorite slogan, “sabka saath, sabka vikas“(” With everyone, everyone progresses “), he declared that the priority of the country was an inclusive and universal development which” would nourish all “.
“India has made homeless families home owners … We are leading a campaign to ensure piped potable water reaches homes … Drones are being used to map over 600,000 villages (to facilitate) digital land registers… They reduce real estate disputes and increase access to credit and bank loans, ”Prime Minister Modi said, listing some of the projects underway in India today.
This is the first time Prime Minister Modi has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in person since the pandemic began in December 2019. Last year the session was held virtually.