I am present amidst you not as prime minister, but as prime servant.
The first parliamentary session of the new government concluded yesterday. Today, I can proudly say that the session of Parliament reflects our thinking and our intentions. We are not for moving forward on the basis of majority. We want to move ahead on the basis of strong consensus. Having taken all parties and the opposition along while working shoulder to shoulder, we achieved unprecedented success, and the credit for this does not go to the prime minister alone, or the people in government. The credit goes to the opposition also.
When I came to Delhi, it seemed as if dozens of separate governments are running at the same time within a main government. It appeared that everyone had his own fiefdom. One department was taking on another, to the extent that two departments of the same government were fighting each other in the Supreme Court. This disunity, this conflict among people of the same country! How can we take the country forward? That is why I have started to try to raze those walls; I have started making efforts at making the government not an assembled entity but an organic one… In order to fulfil the aspirations of the masses, we have to sharpen the tool called the government machinery, we have to make it keener, more dynamic, and it is in this direction that we are working.
When we hear about incidents of rape, we hang our heads in shame. People come out with different arguments, some indulge in psychoanalysis. But today, from this platform, I want to say to every parent: if you have a daughter of 10 or 12 years of age, you are always on alert. Every now and then you ask, where are you going, when will you be back, inform immediately after you reach. Parents ask their daughters hundreds of questions, but do they dare ask their sons as to where he is going, why is he going out, who his friends are? After all, a rapist is also somebody’s son. He also has parents. Every parent should impose as many restrictions on sons as have been imposed on our daughters — try to do this with your sons, try to ask such questions of them. The law will take its own course, strict action will be taken, but as members of society, as parents, we also have some responsibility. Every parent must take responsibility.
We have had communal tensions for ages. This led to the division of the country. Even after Independence, we have had to face the poison of casteism and communalism. How long will these evils …continued »