Terrorism is dangerous. There must be no distinction on the lines of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ terrorism: PM Modi.
PM Modi: Davos was ahead of its time back in 1997 and today as well it is ahead of its time. Today, we face new and difficult challenges in terms of economic outlook and security. Technology driven transformation is taking place everywhere and data presents us with great opportunities to solve such issues. But data also presents its own challenges. It is believed whoever controls data is the most powerful and can shape the world.
Modi says that along with big data, cybersecurity and nuclear security are the other big challenges facing the world today and the world needs to address them urgently. These advancements have also created cracks and walls that have made world peace difficult.
Modi says that for him the issue that the forum needs to address is if globalisation increasing the dangers for world peace. The PM says that India has always stood for peace. Quoting a Sanskrit saying ‘Vasudev kumtbkam’, he says that the entire world is like one family.
Modi says that he will only talk about the three gravest threats that humans face today.
The first, he says, is climate change. Modi says that extreme weather conditions are increasing day by day. In such a time, all of us should have come together. But if we ask ourselves honestly, we would know the answer.
The least we can do is lower carbon emissions. But how many developed nations have come forward to help others adopt technologies that can address the issue of carbon emissions.
The first Upanishad that was written in India said if you have to live on this earth respect it and don’t be greedy. Gautam Buddha adopted this message 2,500 years ago. Mahatma Gandhi, too, followed this principle.
To tackle climate change, the Indian government has set a huge target of producing 175 giga watts of renewable energy by 2022. In the last three years, we have already achieved a generation capacity of 60 giga watts.
The second biggest challenge, Modi says, is terrorism. Educated and well-to-do youth are being radicalised.
All those present here know about the threat it poses. As dangerous as terrorism is, even more dangerous is the artificial divide created between good and bad terrorists.
The third challenge, the Prime Minister says, is protectionism. We need to realise that globalisation is slowly losing its shine.
In complete contrast to globalisation, countries are encouraging protectionism by creating new and artificial barriers for trade. Most of the nations are suffering due to this and global supply chain is being affected.
Mahatma Gandhi said I don’t want the doors and windows of my house to be closed. I want multi national ideas and cultures to flow in but I don’t them to uproot me. This is what India is concentrating on.
Democracy is the answer to India’s development. More than 600 crore voters in India, for the first time in 30 years, voted a single party to power at the Centre. For development our vision is ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’.
In India, democracy, demographic and dynamism are helping development. They are giving shape to our destiny.
Indian youth is ready to contribute to Indian 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025. All these steps have resulted in improved rankings for India in several economic rankings. The citizens have also recognized the importance of our policies and gave up subsidies on their own, and made us reaffirm trust in our policies one state election after another.
Whether it be earthquakes in Nepal or floods in neighbouring countries, India has always been the first to help. For our common shared vision, world’s major nations we must cooperate, they must bury their differences and have a larger vision. Through technology and digital revolution we can remove poverty and unemployment.
India’s contribution towards UN peace keeping operations has been immense. India played a big role in rescuing people during Yemen crisis. We don’t disturb natural resources of any country.
India has proved that democracy can thrive by dialogue, peace and development. The world’s powers need to cooperate in this multicultural world. The methods that have worked for India will work for the entire world.We must work together and blossom together. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore dreamed of heaven of freedom. There should be no space for divide and fraction.
Hardselling India as an investment destination, a driver of global growth and a unifier, Modi tell world leaders to come to India if you want peace with prosperity. He ends his plenary speech by thanking the audience.
News 18 inputs