PM Modi: India the mother of democracy, has shown that it can deliver
Deccan Chronicle with agency inputs | DC Correspondent
"India indeed is the mother of democracy. Democracy is not just a structure, it is also a spirit." said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Describing India as the mother of democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the country has become the fastest-growing major economy despite many global challenges and this proves that democracy can deliver. In a brief virtual address to the Summit for Democracy 2023, Mr Modi also said that every initiative of his government is guided by the mantra of "sabka saath, sabka vikas".
"India, despite the many global challenges, is the fastest-growing major economy today. This itself is the best advertisement for democracy and the world. This itself says that democracy can deliver," the Prime Minister said.
Mr Modi was speaking at the second Summit for Democracy, co-hosted by the US President Joe Biden, Costa Rica President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema, the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Speaking during the "Leader-level Plenary on Democracy Delivering Economic Growth and Shared Prosperity" session hosted by President Yoon, he said the idea of elected leaders was a common feature in ancient India long before the rest of the world.
"Our epic Mahabharat describes the first duty of citizens as choosing their own leader. Our sacred Vedas speak of political power being exercised by broad-based consultative bodies. There are also many historical evidences of republic states in ancient India where rulers were not hereditary," Mr Modi said.
"India indeed is the mother of democracy. Democracy is not just a structure, it is also a spirit. It is based on the belief that the needs and aspirations of every human being are equally important. That is why in India, our guiding philosophy is sabka saath, sabka vikas, meaning striving together for inclusive growth," the Prime Minister said.
"Whether it is our effort to fight climate change through lifestyle changes, to conserve water through distributed storage or provide clean cooking fuel to everyone, every initiative is powered by the collective efforts of citizens of India," the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister said that during Covid-19, India's response was people-driven. Mr Modi said the country's "vaccine maitri" programme, under which it had given vaccine doses to other nations, was also guided by the mantra of "vasudeva kutumbakam", meaning "one earth, one family and one future".
Mr Modi also mentioned the successful domestic vaccination programme in India that saw over 2 billion doses of vaccines made in India being administered to Indians.