India is not ‘expansionist’, believes in the welfare of the world: Nitin Gadkari
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday that India is not an “expansionist” country and only believes in the welfare of the world.
Addressing an event in Pune via video conferencing, Gadkari said that to achieve self-reliance, there is a need for knowledge, entrepreneurship, science, technology, research, and successful practices.
“… as we lead the country on the path of development, we must emphasize scientific advancement.
We need to acquire the number one position on the basis of knowledge to make our country a world power, ”he said.
“But while we do this, we are not expansionists. There are some countries that are driven by expansionist desires, but we believe in the welfare of the world. We believe in ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam (the world is a family), ”said Gadkari.
He said that Swami Vivekanand’s speech in Chicago is our inspiration.
Highlighting the need for education to be available to all, he said “it should reach the last man standing.”
“But at the same time, we must ensure that quality education is provided,” he added.
Gadkari said that knowledge – as power – should not be the only objective and the imparting of an education based on values should be promoted to create ideal citizens.
To become “atmanirbhar” (self-sufficient), it is necessary to reduce imports and increase exports, said Gadkari, who is also the minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“In my department, I am collecting information on things that are imported. I appeal to everyone that we must produce things that replace imports, “he said.
Speaking about self-sufficiency in education, Gadkari said that universities need to be updated at home so that people don’t have to go abroad to study.
“We have all the capabilities to create world-class universities and we can do it, all it takes is willpower and ambition,” he said.
The minister lamented the fact that the pace of development of people who work selflessly to raise the standards of education is slow, but on the other hand, those who have made the commercialization of education, their pace of progress is faster.
“The pace of advance of people who have done marketing is equal to (the) bullet train, but those who are doing selfless work in education, they are moving at the pace of a passenger train,” he said.
The event was organized by the Maharashtra Education Society, which runs various educational institutions in Pune.