India can rise again, match with China; I have a clear roadmap, says Modi
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India
has a chance to rise again as a global economic power and suggested that it
could match with China and he has a “clear roadmap” to channelise
entrepreneurial capabilities of country’s 1.25 billion people.
“This is a country that once upon a time was called
‘the golden bird’. We have fallen from where we were before. But now we have
the chance to rise again. If you see the details of the last five or ten
centuries, you will see that India and China have grown at similar paces.
“Their contributions to global GDP have risen in
parallel, and fallen in parallel. Today’s era once again belongs to Asia. India
and China are both growing rapidly, together,” he told CNN in an interview.
On comparison with China, he added that India does not
need to become anything else and must become only India. Modi said he had a lot
of faith in the entrepreneurial nature of India’s 1.25 billion people and “I
have a clear road-map to channel it”.
On being asked if he ever wished to have some of the
authority the dictatorial regime in China had, he said democratic countries
have also grown and if there were no democracy then someone like him, born in a
poor family, would not be sitting here.
Asked what he would like to tell people as his
accomplishments one or two years later, he said the trust people have should
“See the biggest thing is that the people of the
country have faith. That trust should never break. If I can win the confidence
of the people of India, not from my speeches, but by actions, then the power of
1.25 billion Indians will come together to take the country forward,” he said.
When asked if India is concerned over China’s behavior
in the East China Sea and the South China which has worried many of its
neighbors, Modi said we should have trust in China’s understanding and have
faith that it would accept global laws and will play its role in cooperating
and moving forward.
He, however, added that we cannot close our eyes to
problems, saying We are not living in the eighteenth century.