Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who became one of the youngest chief ministers in India when anointed to the post in March 2017, today called upon young leaders to make the world a better place.
“If the young leaders of the world work together with commitment towards democracy, it will pave the way for the welfare of humanity not only in India, but across the world,” Yogi said addressing a group of sprightly young leaders from different countries.
He noted all the countries are working together with the spirit of India’s ancient and inspirational motto of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (world is a family).
The CM was meeting young participants of the Gen Next Democracy Network programme at his official residence. He also felicitated young leaders from Argentina, Botswana, Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan and Lithuania on behalf of the UP government and citizens.
Yogi observed India is not only the world’s largest democracy, but also the mother of all democracies as the concept is deeply rooted since ancient times. He underlined UP represented the spiritual and cultural ethos of India.
“UP plays a vital role in India’s food production with 11 percent cultivable land and 20 percent of total production. The state is number one in food grain and sugarcane production apart from vegetable and milk,” he said.
Yogi stressed that democratic values are supreme in India and its shining example was witnessed during the pandemic when 800 million people were provided free ration while more than 2.2 billion vaccine doses were administered free of cost.
He claimed free vaccines were made available to more than 25 countries by India.
India is hosting the 7th batch of young leaders during January 22-31, 2023, as part of a new initiative called the Gen Next Democracy Network. The event has been planned by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Under this template, young emerging leaders from global fora will visit India to have a comprehensive overview of India’s democratic traditions, cultural heritage, developmental initiatives and Indian democratic traditions at the Union and the State levels.
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The programme is divided into various groups, consisting of approximately seven to eight countries with two to five representatives from each country in each group. So far, ICCR has hosted 6 batches of Gen-Next Democracy Network Program delegates from 31 countries.