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When India grows, the world grows; when India reforms, the world transforms: PM at UNGA

By Priyanka Verma 
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When India grows, the world grows; when India reforms, the world transforms: PM at UNGA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Saturday and highlighted India’s inclusive democracy and its importance to the world. He stated that reforms in India would help in transforming the world.

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In his speech, the PM focused on global challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, terrorism and climate change. He also lauded the role played by India at the global stage in fighting the pandemic.

The theme for this year’s General Debate is “Building Resilience through hope to recover from Covid-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations”.

“When India grows, the world grows. When India reforms, the world transforms,” PM Modi said during his speech in the 76th UNGA at the UN Headquarters in New York.

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PM Modi also spoke about the prevailing crisis of drinking water around the world, including India. “Polluted water is not just a problem in India. It is a major problem in poor and progressive countries as well,” PM Modi said.

He added, “To tackle this challenge, we are running a huge campaign to connect 17 crore households with fresh water pipelines.”

Here are the top quotes from PM Modi’s speech:

* In the last 1.5 years, the entire world has been facing the worst pandemic in 100 years, I pay tribute to all those have lost their lives in this deadly pandemic and I express my condolences to their families.

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* Little boy who used to sell tea at a railway station is now addressing the UNGA for the fourth time today.

* When India grows, the world grows, when India reforms, the world transforms.

* I represent a country which is known as the ‘Mother of Democracy’.

* On the occasion of 75 years of Independence, India will send 75 satellites being created by Indian students in schools & colleges.

* Those using terror as a political tool must understand that terror is just as bad for them. It has to be ensured that Afghanistan soil must not be used to breed or propagate terror. We must ensure that some don’t exploit Afghanistan situation for their own interest.

* Must ensure freedom of oceans. In order to strengthen the rule-based world order, the international community must speak in unison.

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* Today, the danger of regressive thinking and extremism is increasing in front of the world.

* It is important that we must strengthen UN to ensure global order and global laws.

* Yes, democracy can deliver. Democracy has delivered.

* India’s vaccine delivery platform – CoWin – is providing digital support to help deliver crores of shots every day.

* India has turned homeless families into homeowners.

* We are mapping 6 lakh villages via drones to provide digital land records to the people. This will give them access to credit and resolve property disputes.

* India has developed world’s first DNA vaccine which can be administered to all those aged 12 or above. Another mRNA vaccine is about to be developed. We are also working on a nasal vaccine.

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* “Come, make vaccine in India”. Today, I extend an invitation to all vaccine manufacturers from across the world to make vaccines in India.

* Development should be all-inclusive, universal and one that nurtures all.

* Covid pandemic has taught the world that the global economy should be more diversified now.

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