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PM Modi presents bravery awards; asks children to pursue goals

Work for your goals and dreams tirelessly, without stopping or bending.

New Delhi: Work for your goals and dreams tirelessly, without stopping or bending.

This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message to children on Friday as he presented National Bravery Awards to 24 of them here.

"Bina thake, bina ruke, bina jhuke," he said in his encouraging words for the children at the function.

He said the brave deeds done by these children are a proof that "God has kept in each one of us an element that inspires us all to live for others."

Everyone gets a chance to die for others but everyone has a chance to live for others, he said, adding "however, there are very few who are actually able to accomplish this."

Commending the children for their brave and selfless acts, the Prime Minister said they had shown courage in the face of adversity, without bothering about the consequences.

The "biggest beauty" of the deeds performed by the brave children was that when faced with a certain situation, they could not stop themselves from acting with courage, he said, adding that in the process, they had inspired others in society.

Observing that the greater responsibility for these children begins now, he said fame and success can be slippery and therefore they will have to keep their composure.

Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi was present on the occasion.

The National Bravery Awards are given to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service and inspire other children to emulate their examples.