Votes of youth will be bedrock of New India: PM

Casey Dawson
January 2, 2018

In his last Mann Ki Baat address of the year, he suggested a "mock Parliament" be organised around August 15 in Delhi, comprising young representatives selected from every district to deliberate on how a New India could be formed in the next five years.

This is the 39th edition of the Mann Ki Baat programme, which is being broadcast on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the Narendra Modi mobile application. "We can have mock parliaments in all our districts where we discuss how to make development a mass movement and transform India", Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the "discriminatory" practice of Muslim women being barred from observing Haj without a "Mehram" or male guardian has been abolished. "We welcome those born in the 21st century to the democratic system as they will become eligible voters", he said. "Where the youth between 18-25 could sit together and brainstorm about a new India, find ways and chalk (out) our plans.", he said. He also said that a cleanliness survey will be conducted from 4 January to 10 march to evaluate achievements in the cleanliness of urban areas.

- Equal opportunities should be given to all and let peace, unity and amity be the only guiding forces of New India.

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"Usually there is a lottery system for selection of Haj pilgrims but I would like that single women pilgrims should be excluded from this lottery system and they should be given a chance as a special category", he said.

Modi then mentioned one Anjum Bashir Khan Khattak, who topped the Kashmir Administrative Services Examination despite being surrounded by terrorism and hatred in and around the Valley. "I was amazed by spirit they had, the enthusiasm in their hearts and the dreams they nurtured".

"Serving people is the biggest identity of humankind".

Earlier in the day, while speaking through video-conferencing on the occasion of the 85th Sivagiri Pilgrimage Celebrations at Sivagiri Matt in Kerala, the PM said Muslim women had for long experienced pain and difficulties due to the practice of Triple Talaq. This is unprecedented in India's history...

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