Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 31
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India was offering solutions to problems being faced by the world, from helping other countries with Covid vaccines and drugs to establishing international solar alliance to address climate change challenge.
Addressing an event to mark the 125th year of the publication of “Prabudh Bharat”, a journal founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1896, the PM said India was now progressing on the path shown by Swami Vivekananda, who did not believe in the approach to “romanticise poverty”, but believed in taking services to the poor and empowering them.
Swami Vivekananda wanted empowerment to be taken to the poor if the poor are unable to empower themselves. That is what we are doing. —Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
“Swami Vivekananda wanted empowerment to be taken to the poor if the poor are unable to empower themselves. That is what we are doing. If the poor cannot access banks, the banks should go to the poor. That’s Jan Dhan scheme. If the poor can’t access healthcare, hospitals should go to the poor. That’s Ayushman Bharat. Roads, power and water, we are taking everything to the poor. This is igniting aspirations among them and these aspirations are driving India’s growth,” the PM said, quoting Swami Vivekananda’s lectures on Vedanta where he said setbacks must be seen as part of the learning curve.
Recalling Swami Vivekananda’s belief in India’s youth as the powerhouse of skills and self-confidence, the PM said today’s youth were proving across sectors, from sports to innovation, how to push boundaries and make the “impossible into possible”.