In the historic and unprecedented ‘Howdy Modi’ event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 22, spoke about 'New India' and how Indians are challenging and adapting themselves to ever-changing times on the path of progress. He further added that Indians have always been patient by virtue but are now impatient for the progress of the nation. In his speech, he reiterated that nation is edging towards a 'New India', and that the people are working hard day and night to realize that vision. The PM emphasized that the uniqueness of this vision is we are competing with ourselves and not with anybody else in the world.
“We are challenging ourselves; we are changing ourselves. Friends, today India wants to speed up the progress and move forward as compared to before. Today, India is challenging the thoughts of those people who think nothing can be changed. In the past five years, 130 crore people together have brought such immense results which no one would have imagined ever.” affirmed PM Modi.
“Patience is an integral virtue of us (Indians). But now, we are impatient for the progress of the nation, to take the nation to new heights in the 21st century”, PM Modi added.
During the course of the event, Modi applauded the spirit of Indians for adapting to change for the betterment of themselves and the nation, Prime Minister Modi announced that Indians are challenging the thoughts of those who said nothing can be changed. PM Modi also gave an account of the revolutionary changes that have taken place in the last five years.
"We are aiming high, we are achieving higher. In the past 70 years, the rural sanitation of India had reached 38%. In five years, 11 crore sanitation facilities were built. Today rural sanitation is 99%. Cooking gas was earlier 55%, but now it is 95% in five years. 15 crore people were provided with gas connections. Rural road connectivity was 55% earlier. But now we took it to 97% in five years. We improved the road connectivity in rural areas of the country by constructing more than 2 lakh kilometers of roads. Earlier, less than 50% of the population had bank accounts, but today 100% of families have been connected to the banking system. In five years, we were instrumental in the opening of the bank accounts of 37 crore people.
The speech which was received exceedingly well by the audience at NRG Stadium also included some witty lines about how the people of India today are dreaming big and achieving even bigger. He raised the issue of the government providing basic necessities for its people and the importance of having better ease and quality of living, and that their energy and efforts combined together is the reason the country is fast-tracking towards a 'New India'.