Source: News Bharati English26 Aug 2016 12:41:22

New Delhi, August 26: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a NITI Aayog programme called ‘Transforming India’ at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday. He focused upon the issue of the transformation of India in his programme. His speech emphasized upon the aspects related to development of nation and the progress it is making.

While addressing the programme, the Prime Minister said that development now depends on the quality of institutions and ideas. He also opined that we must change for both external and internal reasons. The minister further pointed out, “30 years ago, a country might have been able to look inward & find its solutions. Today, countries are inter dependent & inter connected.” Talking about development, he said that No country can afford any longer to develop in isolation.

Prime Minister Modi further said that younger generation in India is thinking and aspiring so differently, that government can no longer afford to remain rooted in the past. He said that if India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not and a metamorphosis is needed. He said, “Younger generation in India is thinking and aspiring so differently, that government can no longer afford to remain rooted in the past. If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough. A metamorphosis is needed. The transformation of India cannot happen without a transformation of governance. A transformation of governance cannot happen without a transformation in mindset. A transformation in mindset cannot happen without transformative ideas.”

The Prime minister said that cannot march through the twenty first century with the administrative systems of the nineteenth century. “What we need is a collective opening of our minds, to let in new, global perspectives. One of the greatest reformers & administrators of our time was Lee Kuan Yew who transformed Singapore to what it is today. It is therefore fitting that we are inaugurating this series with Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. Shanmugaratnam is one of the world’s leading intellectuals,” said Modi.