He asked state governments to prepare "dossiers" on the so-called cow protectors as 80 per cent of them do illegal activities at night and become cow protectors in the day, asserting that running such help groups does not mean harassing others.

Modi's made the sharp denouncement of cow vigilantes during his Town Hall-style address to mark the second anniversary of his government's MyGov initiative. Union Minister of IT, Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the event.

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His comments come at a time when his government and BJP are facing flak over incidents of violence against Dalits and Muslims by cow vigilantes in various states including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Recalling his own work in the service of cow, he said at one health camp organised by him for the animal, at least two buckets full of plastic were removed from the stomach of one of them.

The event started with price distribution ceremony where PM distributed prizes for various quizzes and contests held on @mygovindia. It was followed by the launch of ‘PMO mobile App’ which would help citizens directly get in touch with PMO’s website. PM later launched @mygovindia's Merchandise website.

PM started his interaction with a thank note to citizens for their participation with MyGov. “I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for associating with MyGov. Participatory democracy is the biggest need for a nation like India. It has been made possible only because of technology. Good governance is a bad politics," he said.

“After winning elections, governments usually start thinking about how to win the next elections or what to do to get more votes next time. If democracy is only limited to voting and choosing a government, the spirit of democracy would not develop. The spirit of a democracy is incomplete if one thinks the citizen's role stops at voting. Participative democracy is essential,” he said.

“If we don`t stress on good governance, lives of normal people will not change. Grievance redressal is an essential component of democracy, every citizen should have their problems addressed and responded to," PM Modi says.

On the foreign policy front, the Prime Minister said "India first" is the central point of his government's diplomatic engagements.

"India first is the central point (of our foreign policy).It is about protecting India's strategic interest, it is toensure that India marches forward in achieving economic prosperity by leaps and bounds and reaches the position whichit is destined to reach," Modi said.

The Prime Minister said time has changed and world has become interdependent, and no country can afford to live in a particular group. "The time of grouping has come to an end. Every country is linked to some other country," he said, adding walking together in most cases has become the norm.

Showering praise on the Indian diaspora, he said they can play an important role in strengthening India's ties with foreign countries and we should utilise their strength.

"The diaspora community has become very proactive, assertive and they can help in improving ties with many countries. India is making its place (in the world) with new energy and prestige," he said.

Answering a query on India's external engagement, Modi said there was no need to use words like aggressive, progressive and proactive in talking about the country's foreign policy which the questioner had used.

(With Agency Inputs)

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