Former Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, speaking at a book launch, stressed that with the advent of Modi, India is now a force to reckon with.
“The Prime Minister ensured India's voice is heard by all,” said the former vice president.
Venkaiah Nadu was speaking during the release of a book, Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas, based on PM Modi's 86 speeches.
The BJP leader also remarked that the book is a significant contribution to widening the understanding of the challenges being faced by the nation and the concerted efforts being made to overcome them.
He further said that good schemes were launched even earlier, but only the current prime minister ensured all programmes were implemented on set timelines and targets.
Naidu stated PM Modi ensures continuous monitoring and eventual delivery and can connect with all the people of the country alike. Naidu lauded Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) as the government's most significant achievement.
He said it freed people from the shackles of intermediaries, ensuring endpoint delivery of welfare measures. Previously, schemes were identified either as governmental or political. However, Modi understood that the realisation of a goal depended hugely on the people’s involvement.
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The Prime Minister thus envisioned Swachha Bharat Abhiyan as a ‘Jan Andolan’ (people’s movement).
During the occasion, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan said that the Prime Minister highlighted issues like the availability of toilets and water connectivity that needed urgent government intervention for a long time but had been lagging even as many governments came and went.
These issues were addressed only when the current government took up this mission on a war footing from the beginning. Speaking on triple talaq, the Kerala governor said that getting rid of this evil, which had been thriving for centuries, is no small achievement.
Recalling an anecdote when India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had counted his inability to give Muslim women the same rights as Hindu women as his biggest failure, Mohammed said that the effect of this historic decision would be felt for many years to come when political and sociological thinkers analyse this decision and Modi will be remembered as the emancipator of Muslim women.
He also appreciated the Prime Minister braving all odds and opposition to deliver on this promise.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur, speaking about the book, remarked that the book compiles 86 speeches of Modi in ten chapters and elucidates his deep understanding of complex societal issues and his clear vision.
“The compilation is going to be very useful for future historians,” Anurag Thakur said.
He further said that in these speeches, one could find his thoughts and leadership on complicated national issues, resulting in actions due to which India stands as the fifth largest economy in the world.
These actions embedded in his passion for serving and ensuring last-mile delivery, free of middlemen, have caused people to have unwavering faith in him.
Crediting his uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life, Thakur said that anyone who listens to the Prime Minister, from students to women, from farmers to soldiers on the borders, from sportspersons to businessmen, identifies with his speeches.
“This book contains his speeches on foreign relations, his thoughts on the economy and his consideration for restoring our cultural heritage, such as Kashi Vishwanath Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Ayodhya, Deoghar and others”, added Anurag Thakur.
The book will inform the reader of his ideas on India’s environment and the steps taken to create a green India, the achievements of various Ministries, mainstreaming of fitness, Yoga and sports, and the government’s accomplishments in the field of science and technology, agriculture and agro-businesses, employment, from ‘Gramoday to Rashtroday’, India’s journey to becoming self-reliant.