Addressing the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and non-violence is relevant even today for peace, progress and development of the world.
The Prime Minister also enlisted his government’s pro–people initiatives such as Swachh Bharat, Ayushman Bharat, Jan Dhan Yojana and Digital identification (Aadhar). He added his government’s motto is sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas. He said such initiatives, it instils hope in the entire world.
PM Modi’s remarks on India’s commitment towards eliminating single use plastic evoked applause from the gathering. He spoke about the government’s commitment to provide water to every household, a house for every family and elimination of tuberculosis in the coming five years.
Emphasizing on Indian culture, Prime Minister said public welfare is part of our cultural ethos. He said that public welfare through public participation is the mantra of his government.
Prime Minister invoked the quotes of Tamil philosopher Kaniyan Pungundranar to drive home the message of peace. He said the Tamil philosopher had 3000 years before gave a message of universal brotherhood.
In addition to fulfilling the dreams of 130 crore Indians, the efforts of the government will also be beneficial to the entire world. “We are working not just for the welfare of our people, but for the welfare of the entire world. That is why our motto is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’, PM added.
Terming terrorism as the biggest challenge for the world, Prime Minister urged all the nations to unite against terrorism for the sake of humanity. “India is a country that has given the world, not war, but Buddha’s message of peace,” the PM said. He also mentioned about India’s contribution to the United Nation Peace-keeping Mission
Prime Minister urged the international community to give a new direction to multilateralism. He said as the world is going through a new era, the countries do not have the option to confine themselves within their boundaries. “A divided world is in no one’s interest. We must give a thrust to multilateralism and reforming the United Nations,” the PM said.
Prime Minister invoked the quotes of Tamil philosopher Kaniyan Pungundranar and Swami Vivekananda to seek collective action to address various global challenges. He said that ‘Harmony and Peace’ is the message of the world’s largest democracy to the rest of the world.
Speaking about global warming, the Prime Minister said that even though India’s contribution towards global warming in terms of per-capita emissions is very low, India is at the forefront of the response against it. In this context, he elaborated on the steps taken by his government to fight climate change, including the 450 GW of renewable energy target and the formation of International Solar Alliance.