Youth participating in Swachh Bharat, black money drive makes me happy: PM Modi at Global Citizen fest

The Global Citizen Festival India is being held at MMRDA Grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 9:35 pm
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As crowds gathered for India’s first Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai on Saturday with British Rock band Coldplay being the highlight, they were first greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the crowd via video-conferencing and told them about his experience at the New York Global Citizen Festival back in 2014 and talked about Swacchh Bharat mission.

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Addressing the crowd through video conferencing, PM Modi started on a light note, acknowledging that the English music band Coldplay was going to perform. “I know that I stand between you and Coldplay so I will make this brief,” he said, adding that he was glad he was only asked to speak and not sing. “You’ve been smart in asking me to only address gathering and not sing, or else I’m sure you’d be asking money back that too in Rs 100 notes.”

PM Modi also commented on how times were changing by citing the Bob Dylan song. “The times, they are a changing,” he said.

Talking about the Swachh Bharat mission, he said that the worst affected by malnutrition, unemployment, corruption and dirt are the poor and that the youth should be participating in cleansing the country in all senses. “Kuposhan ho, berozgari ho, bhrashtachar ho, aswachata ho, iska sabse zyada asar gareebon par hi padta hai. The young people have taken the initiative of “Swacch Bharat Abhiyan” forward, be it for the country orblack money,” he said.

“On the whole, I’m convinced that we can and we will build a Swachh Bharat free of all forms of filth within one generation. Deeply grateful to you for working shoulder to shoulder with me in this cleanliness drive and look forward that you continue to do so. India is a young country and our future is build on the choices you make and the actions you take; hope you too will seize the moment,” he said.

He then recounted his experience at the Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2014, regretting that this time his schedule didn’t allow him to come in person. “Back in 2014, I had enjoyed attending the Global Citizen Festival in the beautiful Central Park of New York. This time around, my schedule didn’t permit me to come in person,” he said.

PM Modi stressed the importance of youth and how it is always energising for him to be among them. “I always look forward to being among young people. It refreshes and re-energises me. You bring an energy and idealism that is unparalleled,” he said.

The Global Citizen Festival India is being held at MMRDA Grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. More than 80 per cent of the tickets were given away free to those who took part in social activities in support of Global Citizen India across the country.

More than 80,000 fans from across the country will be seen thronging the event. Global Citizen Festival is focused on creating an impact in areas of education, equality, and clean water and sanitation.

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First Published on: November 19, 2016 8:49 pm
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    S veeranna
    Nov 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm
    The decision taken by the pm for canceling of 500and 1000 is best activity for controlling of blackmoney. For introducing of 2000is not good. Instead of 2000currency to print sufficient quany of 1000,500,100,50,20and10.
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      Pat
      Nov 19, 2016 at 10:18 pm
      You only kept opposition parties for fighting up elections, what about common man and innumerable deaths occuring. ,execution is in poor taste . , you facilitated gujus and cautioned them in advance. , that's why the diamond merchant gifting generously his employees, otherwise gujus only sleep on money cash
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        Sharanu vanke
        Nov 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm
        I am always with pm namo sirji lt;br/gt;Desha azad ab huwa
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          Ajay sain
          Nov 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm
          Pm modi ji yah kary bhot acha he black mani ko bahar nikalne ke liye
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            Anil Kumar
            Nov 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm
            I am proud of Modi, It is really an good decision.
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              Jagadish Maity
              Nov 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm
              Namaste Modijee, you r my real hero. We r looking for ur lt;br/gt;next step .
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                Arun
                Nov 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm
                Achhe Din aa Rahe hai ! Kala Paisa Ja Raha Hai. Chila Rahe hai !
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                  Dash
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm
                  The nation is in safe hands. Jai Hind.
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Nov 20, 2016 at 7:47 am
                    Only PM and PMO and benefited media believe that this govt. is sincere in Swattch Bhaeat. Vast majority think Modi , by turning blind eye to dalit atrocities, BJP goonda raj, mindless demonetisation, fake encounters etc. has taken Indis in the path of chaos and anarchy and Aswattch Bharat.
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                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm
                      TThe nation is in most unsafe hands.
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                        dd
                        Nov 19, 2016 at 5:57 pm
                        Youth is the help to succeed Mod's fight against black money, poverty and terror..I humbli request them to help government with any fraud in cash encashing....
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                          Dipu mandal
                          Nov 23, 2016 at 3:18 am
                          I proud my pm. I also support my pm
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                            baba ramdev
                            Nov 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm
                            Modi had no guts to speak in the parliament when situation across the country was chaotic. But he gets time to speak via video conf in a useless event. He wants only scope, he doesntcare for ppl at all. Dont vote for this jumlabaazi fraud again.
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                              Mukesh jain
                              Nov 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                              Our Respected Modi ji Jay Hind and Jay jinenadar Sir In this periods I WITH ALL OVER 100% INDIAN RIGHT PERSONS HAD BEAN FULLY HELP FOR YOURS STAP AGAINS BALACK MONEY ON DATE-8NOVMBER IN NIGHT MUKESH JAIN
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                                Mallikarjun
                                Nov 21, 2016 at 3:11 am
                                Modi ji has taken fabulous step to eradicate black money. But, some of the bank people who have not changed their mindset in taking bribes are creating again black money with new notes with the help of brokers. This has to be addressed seriously with immediate effect for further growth of India.
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                                  mumbikar
                                  Nov 19, 2016 at 8:39 pm
                                  he has time to attend social gathering with rich and famous for his selfies !!!! and also feels happy at m destruction of people !!!! wow !!!! but no time to answer in parliament !!!!!
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                                    mumbikar
                                    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm
                                    is this man gone nuts? he is feeling happy seeing m destruction of honest people begging for they own money, while he lectures his bhakts and the rich and famous !!!!
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                                      mathimathi
                                      Nov 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm
                                      Many of the youths of Hindustan past present still will be sted in queues except yours obediently bhaktas. Feku Ji
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                                        DILIP
                                        Nov 19, 2016 at 7:48 pm
                                        Like a Messianic Force and a game changer you are on the Right track soon the Gods in haven will start to sing your praises written in gold letters among the stars. HE WHO DARES ALWAYS WIN, BESURE OF THAT MODI. INDIA WILL FOREVER BE IN DEBT OF GRAUTE TO YOU .
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                                          Mangal Singh
                                          Nov 22, 2016 at 5:17 pm
                                          We are fully supports our pm Modi ji they are very great and intelligent prime minister only Modi ji can change to modern India picture I appreciate the pm modi
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                                            Narendra Aya
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm
                                            I am proud of our PM,,, India too
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