Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 September said that the world now pays more attention to India and that its voice is being heard globally.
“The world is now paying more attention to India, and we have strong presence at most global bodies,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a book launch event virtually.
He hailed the media for serving people in an “unprecedented way” by spreading awareness about the coronavirus pandemic and said that like Indian products, the media too needs to go global. “Not only Indian products but India’s voice also has become global, Indian media too needs to be global,” he said.
“Though the media is criticised at times, more so in this age of social media, everybody needs to learn from criticism,” he said, adding this is what makes India’s democracy strong.
He pointed out how India’s freedom struggle movement was associated with literature. “In our country, writing has developed continuously with Indianness and nationality. During the freedom struggle, almost every big name was associated with writing from somewhere. We have had great saints, scientists and writers known for their literary contribution,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that writers are like the guiding forces of any society. Books and authors play a major role in guiding the masses as schooling gets over but the learning process lasts for ages, he said.
He cautioned the country’s youth saying, “Today, in this era of text and tweet, it is more important that our new generation does not get away from serious knowledge.”
The world is now listening to India with more attention, he said. The Indian media, he added, needs to go global too.
The media, the Prime Minister said, has served people in an “unprecedented way” by spreading awareness on the coronavirus pandemic and by analysing government works and pointing out their shortcomings.
Though the media is criticised at times, more so in this age of social media, but everybody needs to learn from criticism, he said, adding this is what makes India’s democracy strong.