Targeting “political dynasty” on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was the biggest “enemy of democracy” as those who rise due to their dynasties have no respect and fear of law as they believe if their previous generations were not accounted for corruption, none can touch them as well.
Speaking at the second National Youth Parliament Festival at the Central Hall of Parliament, Modi said, “It is now true that the days of those that won elections only on the basis of surnames are ending. But in politics, this disease of dynasty has not ended completely. There are still people whose ideas, thoughts, goals are all about their family’s politics, and the preservation of their family in politics.”
The PM said this dynasty burdens the country with “akshamta”(inability), and results in a lack of respect for the law. “Political dynasty instead of nation first, solidifies the feeling of ‘only me and my family’. This is also a big reason for political and social corruption. Those that have grown from dynasty think that if the corruption of their earlier generations was not accounted for, then nobody will be able to do anything to them. They see successful examples of that in their homes. Therefore, neither do these people have any respect for the law, nor do they have any fear of it,” Modi said.
Urging youngsters to join politics, he said that the responsibility to change the situation was on their shoulders, “not to take or own or to become, but to do something”.
With the National Youth Parliament Day being held on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Modi referred to him several times, saying that Vivekananda had focused on the growth of both individuals and institutions, and the New Education Policy was a step forward in that regard. Modi said that the ecosystem that the NEP sought to develop would make available a system of education which would prevent the urge of going abroad.
“This policy gives the highest priority to the desires of youths, their talent, their understanding… pick whatever stream. If you want to take a break from a course and pick another, you can do that. Now, it will not happen that the hard work you put in for your earlier course will go to waste,” Modi said.
The event was also attended by ministers Kiren Rijiju and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
Modi also said in times of crisis, there were opportunities to build new structures, referring to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Act made in 2003 when he was Chief Minister as a precursor to the national Act that he said had saved many lives during the pandemic.
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