New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi firmly believed that India should not attempt to become like any other nation as the idea of India is huge enough it itself to establish an unique identity for the country.
“India does not need to become anything else. India must become only India. This is a country that once upon a time was called the golden bird. We have fallen from where we were before. But now we have the chance to rise again,” Modi told CNN in his first exclusive interview after he became prime minister.
Comparing India to China, the prime minister believed that the current era belonged to Asia.
“If you see the details of the last five or 10 centuries, you will see that India and China have grown at similar paces. Their contributions to global GDP have risen in parallel, and fallen in parallel. Today’s era once again belongs to Asia. India and China are both growing rapidly, together,” Modi said.
His remarks assumes significance as Chinese President Xi Jinping concluded a visit to India last week and the two countries inked many bilateral pacts to boost trade relations between New Delhi and Beijing.
Modi became the prime minister of the country after winning the historic Lok Sabha polls remarkably where he almost single-handedly helped his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the single largest party by ensuring absolute majority to form the government. The Modi-led government is also India’s first non-Congress government to get absolute majority in independent India. His victory in the polls was largely a victory of hope and the nation has looked up to him to deliver immensely. In turn, the prime minister has also reposed a massive faith in his countrymen.
“It is my absolute belief that Indians have unlimited talent. I have no doubt about our capabilities. I have a lot of faith in the entrepreneurial nature of our 1.25 billion people. There is a lot of capability. And I have a clear road map to channel it,” Modi said.