In a rare interview to the media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will not judge his own performance in his term at office so far, saying he would prefer it if the people judged him.
In an interview to Times Now, Modi said he was happy the world considered India a bright spot and about the economic development the country has seen.
Modi said the nation would know of the change that his government had brought about, if there was a proper comparison of the 10 years of UPA rule against the three-and-a-half years of the current government.
The Prime Minister said he was happy his government was living up to their pledge of not being involved in scams and that there was a continued effort to make the lives of people better.
"Some people do talk and criticise us, but that is their job. In 2013 India was known as 'fragile five', but in three years we have managed to get out of that and show the world what we are capable of. Also, if someone is unwell, we run tests and then know what is wrong. its the same case with a government," the Prime Minister said.
Speaking of the economic growth, Modi said that his government had brought inflation down to an average of 3% in his term, as opposed to approximately 10% during the UPA reign.
Modi also said that his government has succeeded in bringing Foreign Direct Investment, with the FDI going up to $62 billion from $30 billion when the current government took over.
Prime Minister Modi added: "We are progressing at the right pace and people have faith that we are striving hard to fulfil the expectations and aspirations of the common man. And that is the biggest satisfaction."
He rejected criticism of providing a jobless growth, saying "lies" were being spread about employment generation.
The next Budget may not be populist, he hinted.
The judiciary has a very bright past and has very capable people; they will sit together and find solution to problems, he said. Government, political parties must stay out of judicial crisis.
Modi said even the Congress needed to become free of the Congress. He said the inherent culture within the Congress Party needed to be shed for a stronger party, and he said he would want that to happen, because a strong Congress Party would only strengthen the Indian democracy,.
He said it hurt him that the Congress's political vendetta meant that they had disrupted the progress of necessary bills such as the Triple Talaq Bill. He urged the Congress to put politics aside to pass important legislations on important issues such as the rights for Muslim women.
Other Highlights from PM's interview:
"Seven million new EPF accounts have been opened - doesn't this show new employment? "
"The rate of building rail tracks in a day has doubled. Wouldn't that be creating employment? Electrification is also double of what happened earlier. Wouldn't that be creating employment? The work on ports has gathered pace. Would that have increased without creating employment? How would all this have happened?"
"All our policies have an in-built mechanism to promote employment"
"Today when people enter any airport and place their Indian passport at the immigration counter, there is a sense of pride"
Let the country decide whether what a person says in a foreign country is more revealing about that person's identity or about the country's identity. The world knows the country's identity - PM Modi on political leaders speaking about India's problems in foreign countries
If they (Congress) insult us regarding GST it's still fine. When it comes to a poor Muslim woman at stake - I'm sure they feel bad from inside but politics and thirst for power maybe makes them do this
Even the strongest people were moved to tears by the condition of those women who were affected by triple talaq. They needed to be saved; this was not a political move or a move to corner anybody. It was a move to let everyone live with dignity
The Congress party or any party that indulges in vote bank politics must get out of this regressive mindset and think from the point of view of women empowerment and respect for women
Our country's judiciary has a very bright past, they are very capable people; they will sit together and find the solution to their problems. I have faith in our justice system, they will definitely figure out a solution
If you think India's foreign policy is centred around Pakistan, that is a grave injustice to India. Our foreign policy is not about isolating any single nation
The world is grappling with the scourge of terrorism and whoever is sympathetic towards terrorists, the world is uniting against them. Innocents are being killed, terrorism needs to end in the world.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, I believe, and I have always said that India and Pakistan have fought a lot, we should come together and fight poverty, come together and fight diseases
The fight against terrorism is about saving humanity
Source:The Economic Times