The country took several historic decisions and progressed rapidly in the last one year, wrote PM Narendra Modi in his letter to the country one year into his second term. The prime minister also mentioned about the hardships faced by migrant workers, labourers, and others due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but assured that the country would set an example in economic revival and surprise the world in its fight against COVID-19.
Here are the key highlights from his letter:
He said his government has taken "historic" decisions and the nation progressed rapidly in the last one year, even though there is a lot that needs to be done and many challenges and problems face the country.
He said India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against coronavirus, and there is a firm belief that it will also set an example in economic revival.
Talking of the people''s sufferings, he said in a crisis of this magnitude, it can certainly not be claimed that no one suffered any inconvenience or discomfort.
Modi asked people to take care to ensure that inconveniences that they are facing do not turn into disasters.
It is very important for every Indian to follow all rules and guidelines, he said, adding people have displayed patience so far and should continue to do so.
"However, given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against coronavirus, there is a firm belief that we will also set an example in an economic revival," Modi asserted.
"We have to move forward based on our own abilities, in our own way, and there is only one way to do it - Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India," he said.
The recent Rs 20 lakh crore package given for Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan is a major step in this direction, he said.
"We must always remember that the present and future of 130 crore will never be dictated by an adversity. We will decide our present and our future. We will move ahead on the path of progress and victory will be ours," he said.
Referring to an ancient saying, the prime minister said that if people have action and duty on one hand, then success is assured on the other hand.
He said as Parliament''s productivity increased, breaking records, several key legislations were passed.
As a result of the policies and decisions of the government, Modi said the rural-urban gap is shrinking.
Recalling his return to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls with a bigger mandate, he said this day last year began a "golden chapter" in the history of Indian democracy, as it was after several decades that people of voted back a full-term government with a full majority.
He said the people of India voted not merely for continuity but also with the dream of taking India to new heights and making it a global leader.
The decisions taken in the last one year are directed at fulfilling this dream, he said.
Noting that some of the decisions taken by his government were widely discussed and remain etched in public discourse, Modi asserted the nullification of Article 370 furthered the spirit of "national unity and integration".
"The Ram Mandir judgment, delivered unanimously by the honourable Supreme Court of India, brought an amicable end to a debate persisting for centuries. The barbaric practise of triple talaq has been confined to the dustbin of history. Amendment to the Citizenship Act was an expression of India''s compassion and spirit of inclusiveness," he said.
People feel involved and integrated in the development trajectory of the nation, and the light of ''Jan Shakti'' and ''Rashtra Shakti'' has ignited the entire nation.
"Powered by the mantra of ''Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'', India is marching forward in all spheres," he said.
-with agency inputs