"Rape is rape, don't politicise it", says PM
Thursday,19 Apr 2018
"Rape is rape. I don't want to compare the rape cases during the period of this government with the previous government. Never politicise rape", says PM Narendra Modi, reacting to the nationwide protests over the rape cases in Unnao and Kathua.
PM was interacting with participants across the globe in "Bharat ki Baat Sabke Saath" programme held at London, UK.
He also took questions from the participants. Following are the highlights from his interaction with the participants:
The person in the Railway Station was Narendra Modi. The person in the Royal Palace in London is the Sevak of 125 crore Indians.
My life at the Railway Station taught me so much. It was about my personal struggles. When you said Royal Palace, it is not about me but about the 125 crore people of India
'Besabri' is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, a person aspires a scooter. If a person has a scooter, a person aspires a car. It is nature to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational.
I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India
Yes, people have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it.
During the freedom struggle Mahatma Gandhi did something very different. He turned the freedom struggle into a mass movement. He told every person that whatever you are doing will contribute to India's freedom
Today the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement
Participative democracy makes good governance possible
Look back at India's history. India has never desired anyone else's territory. During World War 1 and 2 we had no stake but our soldiers took part in the Wars. These were big sacrifices. Look at our role in UN Peacekeeping Forces
We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted
Those who like exporting terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated
I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty, I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden.
18,000 villages did not have electricity. So many women do not have access to toilets. These realities of our nation did not let me sleep. I was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor
I am like any common citizen. And, I also have drawbacks like normal people do.