Urging the country’s youth to draw inspiration from Team India’s historic test cricket victory at Australia’s Gabba, clinched with less experienced players, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India must fight back challenges with the same spirit.
In a virtual address to the outgoing students of Tezpur University, PM Modi drew parallels between the country’s performance during the coronavirus pandemic and India’s 2-1 series win, adding “our action-reaction instinct has changed”.
“In the beginning of the pandemic, people were apprehensive about what will happen, but the country showed resilience. We fought Covid with Made in India solutions,” he said talking about India’s home-grown vaccines.
Our vaccines are the outcome of trust in our scientists, PM Modi said referring to India’s home-grown Covaxin and AstraZeneca’s Covishield being made in Pune’s Serum Institute of India.
“We are entering 75 years of independence. Now you have to live for a new India, an Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India). From this year till the 100 years of independence, is the golden period for the youth of this country,” he said praising the innovation centre of Tezpur University.
He added that a positive mindset was critical for positive outcomes and this was also the essence of Atmanirbhar Bharat, or self-reliant India.
“The best example (of a change in mindset) is our cricket team which faced so many challenges. We lost badly, (but) we fought back and won under challenging conditions. They (cricket team) had less experience, but were high in confidence and they created history. The cricket success is a huge life lesson. We need to make our mindset positive,” he said.