New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the political change in India which brought his government to power was the result of the aspirations of the youth.
Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Prime Minister said, "Rising above small things and to talk about good governance and development is hard, but the youth of the country wanted change. This huge political change is the result of the aspirations of the youth, and it has sent a huge message."
"It is the public and the youth who lay the foundation for the way towards development," he added.
Prime Minister Modi said he felt honoured to be brought to power with such a large majority. "India is a huge nation. The way polls happen and the trend of results can be unpredictable. Being selected in such a way is a big gift," he said.
"Our youth has only seen instability. It is time for change now," he added.
Speaking of his ideas of governance, the Prime Minister said, "When I talk about good governance, I mean minimum government and maximum governance. My efforts are towards simplifying and speeding processes. We want to focus on transparency and e-governance."
Modi said he was a Prime Minister who was born in independent India. "I was born in Independent India; democracy is in my blood," he added.
The Prime Minister also talked of the stellar reputation that the Council of Foreign Relations enjoys in the world.
"CFR has shielded itself from bias and has a tradition of presenting all points of view on a subject," he said.