Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the 25th National Youth Festival in Puducherry and gave the mantra of ‘compete and conquer’. Speaking at the National Youth Festival programme, the Prime Minister said that the world has recognised India’s two limitless powers of demography and democracy.

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“The youth of India carry democratic values along with demographic dividends. India considers its youths as development drivers,” he said.

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January 12 is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. It is also observed as National Youth Day.

“The year 2022 is very important for the youth of India. Today’s youth has to live for the country and fulfill the dreams of our freedom fighters… The strength of the youth will take India to greater heights,” he added.

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PM Modi also inaugurated a technology centre of the MSME ministry and Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Manimandapam, an auditorium with an open-air theatre, in Puducherry. After inaugurating the technology centre, PM Modi said that the role of the MSME sector is very important in creating ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. 

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“It is very important that our MSME use the technologies that are changing the world. The new MSME centre is an important step in that direction,” he said.