Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the 76th session of United Nation General Assembly in New York. PM Modi’s speech lasted for more than 20 minutes during which he addressed several matters. He spoke about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, and the situation of Afghanistan following its fall to the hands of Taliban. PM Modi also said that “India is a shining example of a vibrant democracy”.
Key Highlights from PM Modi’s address:
- PM Modi started his speech by paying tribute to COVID-19 victims. He said, “In the last 1.5 years, the entire world has been facing the worst pandemic in 100 years. I pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in this deadly pandemic and I express my condolences to their families.”
- Yes, democracy can deliver. Yes, democracy has delivered.
- Today is the birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the proponent of ‘Ekatma Manav Darshan’, meaning integral humanism or the development journey taken together, the expansion from self to universe.
- PM Modi said that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine. This can be administered to anyone above the age of 12. An mRNA vaccine is in the final stages of development. Indian scientists are also developing a nasal vaccine against COVID19. He invited vaccine manufacturers from across the world to make vaccines in India.
- Today, the world is facing an increased threat of regressive thinking and extremism. Countries that are using terrorism as a political tool have to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat to them.
- The entire world must make science-based, rational and progressive thinking the basis for development. In order to strengthen a science-based approach, India is promoting experience-based learning.
- On the occasion of 75 years of independence, India is going to launch 75 satellites into space made by Indian students.
- Our oceans are also the lifeline of international trade. We must protect them from the race for expansion. The international community must speak in one voice to strengthen a rule-based world order.
- We need to ensure that Afghanistan territory is not used to spread terrorism or terror attacks.
- When India grows, the world grows. When India reforms, the world transforms.