India fully capable of dealing with all external, internal challenges: PM Modi

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India fully capable of dealing with all external, internal challenges: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the country is becoming fully capable of meeting any external and internal challenges, while deriving inspiration from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. 

In a video message on the occasion of ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’, the 146th birth anniversary of India’s first deputy prime minister and home minister Sardar Patel, PM Modi said collective efforts, like those seen during the coronavirus crisis, will take the nation to new heights. 

Noting that the nation is paying tribute to Sardar Patel who gave his life for ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’, the Prime Minister said that Patel lives not only in history but also in the hearts of all Indians. 

“Sardar Patel always wanted India to be strong, inclusive, sensitive and alert, humble and developed. He always put the interest of the country first. Today, deriving inspiration from him, India is becoming fully capable of dealing with all kinds of challenges, external and internal,” PM Modi said. 

The Prime Minister also said that India is today taking inspiration from the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’ to achieve self-reliance and safeguard its interests. 

“In the last seven years, the country has got rid of the decades-old unwanted laws, and has taken the ideals that cherish national unity to new heights. Be it Jammu and Kashmir, North East or any village in the Himalayas, today all are progressing on the path of progress,” PM Modi said. 

He also said the modern infrastructure development in the country is working to remove the geographical and cultural distances. The country is today witnessing a “great maha yagna of social, economic and constitutional integration”, and its capability and determination on every front – water, land, air, space – is unprecedented, he said. 

“India has started on a new mission of self-reliance to safeguard its interests,” Modi said. He said the spirit of everyone’s effort should be made the basis of the pace of development and to make a self-reliant India. 

“Where the lack of unity brings new crisis, the collective effort of everyone takes the country to new heights,” he said. He cited the fight against coronavirus as an example of what the country can achieve through collective efforts. 

“From new COVID-19 hospitals to ventilators, from manufacturing essential medicines to crossing the milestone of 100 crore vaccine doses– these have been made possible only because of the efforts of every Indian, every government, every industry,” he said. 

Modi said the combined result of several reforms undertaken over the years has made India an attractive investment destination. “We now have to make this spirit of everyone’s effort the basis of the pace of development, to make a self-reliant India,” he said.  

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