New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that even though colonies do not exist anymore, the colonial mindset still persists and it is evident in the hurdles that keep cropping up in the “development journey” of developing nations.
Hitting out against the pressure being created by developed nations to cut down carbon emissions, PM Modi said, “The issue of environment is also being attempted to be hijacked for this purpose. We saw an example of this in the recent COP26 Summit. If we talk of absolute cumulative emissions, developed nations have caused 15% more emissions than India since 1850 to date. Still, India is lectured on environmental conservation,” said PM Modi.
The prime minister also said that attempts are made to close the path to development for nations like India. “It’s unfortunate that obstacles are created in development of our nation, sometimes in the name of freedom of expression and sometimes through other means. It’s attempted to judge our nation on parameters of other nations, without knowing our situation or aspirations of our youth,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion of Constitution Day, the prime minister said, “Our Constitution drafters gave us the Constitution in the light of the dreams seen by the people who lived and died for the independence and by cherishing the thousands of years long great traditions of India”.
“If we compare to other countries, then the nations that became independent around the same time as India, are way ahead of us today. It means, that a lot of things still need to be done. We have to reach the goal together,” he said encouraging the people to make a collective effort to take the country ahead.
“Hundreds of years of dependence pushed India into several problems. The India that was once called a golden bird was suffering from poverty, starvation and diseases. In that background, the Constitution always helped us in taking forward the nation,” said PM Modi.
“Investing oneself in understanding their problems, their pain to make their lives easier – I consider this the real honour of the Constitution. I’m satisfied that in line with this sentiment of the Constitution, a vigorous drive is going on to convert exclusion into inclusion,” he said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed an event at the central hall of Parliament as the nation celebrates Constitution Day on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949. The observation of Constitution Day started in 2015, based on the vision of the Prime Minister to give due recognition to the significance of this historic date.