India must showcase only its strengths, says Modi
Mumbai: ‘Will Narendra Modi be able to replicate Gujarat’s development model across the entire nation?’ asked 21-year-old Shyam Kewalramani, hearing Modi speak for the first time at his college premises on Thursday evening.
He echoed the sentiments of many youngsters who had gathered at the Rama Watumull Hall of K.C. College to catch a glimpse of the much-hyped Modi magic. As the man made his way to the stage clad in white, the packed auditorium broke out in welcome cheer. Comprising young and old alike, the crowd had converged at the venue much ahead of time. Those unsuccessful at managing an entry had to be content with seeing Modi on a screen displayed outside.
In a 75-minute long speech, Modi’s witticisms and anecdotes left the audience in splits. Describing a true-blue Gujarati, Modi said: “We are pukka Ahmedabadi. We believe in single fare, double journey,” in a reference to the economic viability of development projects in Gujarat. Describing the strength of the nation, he said, “We are the most youthful nation, with 65 per cent of our population below the age of 35. This is a great strength we have against China.” Stating that India should showcase only its strength to the world, he added.
“China only showcases Shanghai, not the entire country. India should show its special strength to the world,” said Modi.