"Our definition of democracy can't be restricted to elections and governments only. Democracy is strengthened by Jan Bhagidari (peoples' participation)," he said calling for making development a mass movement and integrating every Indian in India's development journey.


"Then Lok tantra becomes Lok Shakti," he said, adding that he wants to make development journey a people's movement on line of what Mahatma Gandhi had done to India's freedom struggle.
"Everyone must feel he or she is working for India's progress," he said, adding the most important need for the growth of democracy was "awareness".


In a veiled dig at the previous Congress governments, he said had people's participation in the country's development being made a policy after the independence of the country, the pace of development would have been 1000 times more.


"Now the situation has come where every work has been left for the government to do. Gandhi's model was that everything would be done by the people. The demand of the time is that we make the journey of India's development a people's movement," he said while he also referred to the impact of programmes like Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan and Give It UP for voluntary withdrawal of gas subsidy.

He said 52 lakh people have given by their subsidy from which 46 lakh people who we are not using gas cylinders have benefited. Asserting that the two ills that are threats to democracy are 'Mantantra' and 'Moneytantra', the Prime Minister underlined the need to protect democracy from the influence of money power.


Jagran CMD Mahendra Mohan Gupta, Dainik Jagran CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Gupta and Jagran and Midday Infomedia Director Shailesh Gupta were among others present at the event. "Dainik Jagran has done a lot of work for inclusiveness," Sanjay Gupta said in his welcome speech.


He said inclusive democracy is at the centre of the discussion at the Forum. "The commitment to make our democracy inclusive is visible at many places in our Constitution. In our democratic journey of more than six decades, we have almost fulfilled this commitment," he said.


Sanjay Gupta said that such a democracy, though has its limitations too. "Perhaps due to this inclusiveness, a bit of chaos has entered our democracy. I am sure that despite these issues, nobody here will question inclusiveness," he added.


Addressing the event organised by Dainik Jagran, the Prime Minister also spoke of "mission mode" journalism and hailed the role of the fourth state, saying this mission mode should not get any blow either from inside or outside. Seeking to change the Opposition discourse that the government has reached out to them only for the passage of GST, PM Modi linked the disruptions in Parliament with the loss of the poor in the country.


"People only talk about GST and Parliament but there are also several other measures for the poor that are pending in Parliament," he insisted. Calling for giving a push to entrepreneurship, he said merely restricting ourselves to private and public sector will limit our development and there is a need to focus on personal sector.


"The personal sector is a source of great strength," he had said and listed the government initiative 'PM Mudra Yojna' of giving out loans to small entrepreneurs.

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