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Mann ki baat: India leading the world in start-ups: PM

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 28

Asserting that this is an era of start-ups, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India is leading the world in this field with more than 70 start-ups having crossed the valuation of USD 1 billion.

Listen broadcast on Spotify as well

PM Narendra Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” broadcast is now available on all major audio and music platforms which will help augment its reach, especially among the younger generation.
Platforms such as Spotify, Hungama, Gaana, JioSaavn, Wynk and Amazon music now feature the programme in addition to TV, radio, NaMo app and YouTube. PTI

Innovation, ‘can do’ spirit key

In any country, three things — ideas and innovation, passion to take risks, and the ‘can do’ spirit — matter a lot. When these three things come together, unprecedented results are achieved. — Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

In his monthly “Mann Ki Baat” radio broadcast, the PM also said the start-ups were the “turning point” in India’s growth story.

“The start-ups mushroomed during the Covid-induced lockdown, and the rapid strides they made caught the imagination of the world,” he said.

In his broadcast, Modi also said: “In any country having a large population of youth, three things — ideas and innovation, passion to take risks, and the ‘can do’ spirit — matter a lot. When these three things come together, unprecedented results are achieved and miracles happen.”

He noted that year after year, start-ups were getting record investments and the sector was growing at a fast pace.

“Till 2015, there used to be nine to ten unicorns (start-ups worth more than 1 billion dollars) in the country. Today, there are more than 70 unicorns in India,” said the Prime Minister.

Indian youth were also contributing to the solution of global problems through start-ups, PM Modi noted.

In his radio broadcast, he also extolled the spiritual legacy of Vrindavan, saying the place was a tangible manifestation of God’s love and suffused with spiritual joy.

The Prime Minister also said he wanted to be in service of people and not be “in power”.

“I am not in power even today and I don’t want to be in power in future as well. I only want to be in service. For me, this post, this prime ministership, all these things are not at all for power, they are for service,” he said when an Ayushman Bharat beneficiary wished him to remain in power.

Modi spoke with two persons, who got their treatment with the help of the Ayushman Bharat scheme, which, they said changed their life for the better.

Reminding the people of the forthcoming birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, the Prime Minister urged the people to abide by their duties and responsibilities. “This will be the best way to pay tribute to Ambedkar,” he added.

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