RT-Engels: 22-05-2024,

The premiere, who is seeking a rare third term, said that a focus on infrastructure and technology will propel the country forward

India had made poverty “a virtue” and had refused to “think big” in the past, an outlook that significantly hindered the country’s development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted in a recent interview with the news channel NDTV.  

Modi, who leads the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), took over as the country’s prime minister from Manmohan Singh of the Indian National Congress (INC), which is now in opposition, in 2014. Modi retained the position after BJP won the next election in 2019 and is now eyeing a new term as nearly a billion Indians vote for the government in seven phases until June 1.  

“There have been incidents which compelled us to live in a distracted manner in the last 1,000 years. What’s happening now will take India towards a brighter future for the coming 1,000 years,” Modi said. “In my mind, it is clear that this is our time, this is India’s time and we must not lose the opportunity.”

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Speaking on the country’s progress under the previous government, Modi suggested: “We didn’t think big, we didn’t think ahead – maybe due to the burden of slavery or maybe because people were not in that mood.”  

The Indian leader suggested his government had taken a different approach to tackle the country’s problems,

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