Speaking for the first time about his surprise initiative which got all-round praise, he said that the world is still talking about it. (Agencies)
Visiting the BJP headquarters for the first time after becoming Prime Minister, Modi said that the world should realize the strength of India's democracy so that the country gets its due respect and status.
He noted that people have a lot of expectations from his government and it is the duty of his dispensation to keep pace with those aspirations.
"We have never thought beyond the country's frontiers. We are a big country, we are an old country, we are a big power. We should make the world realize it. Once we do it, the world will not shy away from giving us the due respect and status," the Prime Minister told a gathering of party cadres.
He referred to his initiative of inviting leaders of SAARC countries for the swearing-in of his Council of Ministers on May 26 and said that it was a means to ‘give out a message to the world. They are still talking about it as to what happened, how it happened. This shows how much big results a right decision taken at the right time can bring’.
The invitation to the SAARC leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, provided an opportunity for Modi to establish contact with them.
With Pakistan particularly, it was seen as an ice-breaker in the ties and a step that could pave the way for taking the relationship forward.
Addressing the gathering in the presence of BJP president and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and some other leaders, he said that the big mandate the party got in the recent Lok Sabha elections was a ‘vote for hope’.
It was a ‘turning point’ which can influence the 21st century, Modi said that on the poll results while noting that all traditional castes, religious and other political equations were ignored by voters who chose the politics of hope and aspirations above everything.
Contending that people had been disillusioned with Congress long back and even the ‘experiment’ of alternatives had failed, Modi said that his government has an additional responsibility to live up to public expectations.
"The clear cut mandate that BJP got would not have been possible had there been no undercurrent and common thought process from Kashmir to Kanyakumari," he said.
Modi told BJP workers that if government's work could inspire people to believe it was working dedicatedly for their welfare, then they will never break their ties with the party.
On the major poll campaign he steered to bring his party to power, he said that social scientists and political pundits should study the elections and his party's win just as Labour Party's first victory under Tony Blair and Barack Obama's maiden election as US President were discussed, spawning numerous books.
"This (election) is a significant challenge before political pundits, social scientists and electoral analysts. If it gets due importance in the nation, if university comes ahead and we could document it all and present it before the world, it would be a big thing," he said, noting that people in India are generally not ‘history-conscious’.
Modi lamented that the big event has not been given its due by social scientists and hoped the ‘world will achieve something out of this’ if documented well. He also said that the social scientists have not discussed the strength of India's democracy.
"The way it should be presented, neither the Election Commission nor the political parties have put it forth across the world," he said, adding, "This was an election of hope and the results are showing it."
He hailed party workers and recalled how happy he was when Atal Bihari Vajpayee came to the BJP headquarters first time after becoming the Prime Minister. He also fondly remembered his days when he as a party worker toiled hard for the preparations then.
"When I had urged him (Vajpayee) to visit the headquarters he had asked me what was the need for it. I told him you are now PM and party workers will be so happy to have you among them. We were so enthused. Now I cannot imagine that you are honouring me so much," he said.
Speaking for the first time about his surprise initiative which got all-round praise, he said that the world is still talking about it.