Narendra Modi dreams big, says it is time for India to do the same
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi ended his three-day fast with a speech focused on the "nation" this evening, exhorting India to "dream like Gujarat", and committing his "life, mind, body and heart" to the service of the country.
"It is often said that India does not dream big and that is the root cause of all our problems. Why can't we dream like China, Europe or America? Sapne hi nahin hain to sankalp kaise hoga, aur sankalp nahin to jodne ki ichchha kaise hogi? (How can there be resolve without dreams, and from where will the impetus for unity come without resolve?)" Modi asked.
"The country needs to dream like Gujarat."
He wanted Gujarat to develop for the sake of India's development, the chief minister said. "I am not satisfied yet... I want to take Gujarat to newer heights... I wish to show the world the strength that drives Gujarat."
"Rashtraneeti", Modi said, is above "rajneeti" — "We wasted 60 years during which nearly every government worked with the objective of winning the next election... Gujarat has come out of this in the last decade."
His government, Modi said, did nothing specifically for either the majority or the minority — it always worked for all the people of Gujarat. "The Sachar Commission asked me, 'What do you do for the minorities?' I said 'Nothing. Nor do I do anything for the majority. Whatever I do is for the 6 crore people of the state; I believe in equal development for all'."
Modi said he would now take the spirit of the fast to every district of the state. "My fast ends today but the Sadbhavna mission will continue... I announce that I will go on one-day fast in every district to strengthen the spirit of unity and brotherhood."