Find Innovative Solutions For Every Challenge: Prime Minister Modi To Bhutan’s Youth
Prime Minister Modi said that he ‘sees dynamism and felt energised’ while meeting with the future of Bhutan.
By Pema Tshewang | BBS
At the convention hall of the Royal University of Bhutan, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi captivated his young audience with his articulate and convincing address on the morning of 17 August.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that he ‘sees dynamism and felt energised’ while meeting with the future of Bhutan.
The talk was conducted to meet the Prime Minister’s wish to connect with Bhutanese youth and to convey India’s interest to engage with the young people of Bhutan.
Along with the students, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering, cabinet ministers, Member of Parliaments and senior government officials were also present during the Indian Prime Minister’s address.
Encouraging speech from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Prime Minister emphasised that young minds should find innovative solutions for every challenge. He also highlighted that youth should also shape the future of Bhutan and its citizens.
Photo: Facebook/Prime Minister's Office - PMO, Bhutan
“Let no limitation constrain you. I want to tell you that there is no better time to be young than now. The world today offers more opportunities than ever before. You have the power and potential to do extraordinary things which will impact generations to come. Find your real calling and pursue it with full passion,” said Prime Minister Modi.
Going beyond the traditional sectors of cooperation between the two countries, he also expressed his interest in Bhutan and India’s cooperation in new frontiers: from education to space technology to digital payment and disaster management.
Promoting Bhutan-India youth collaboration
“It is crucial to connect scholars and academics beyond borders so that the creativity and talent of our students will bring them on par with the best in the world. Cooperation between India National Knowledge Network and Bhutan’s DrukRen which became a reality yesterday will serve this purpose. It will provide secure and fast connectivity between our universities, our research institutions, libraries, healthcare and agriculture universities. I urge you all to make full use of this facility,” he added.
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Prime Minister Modi also shared his appreciation of the concept of Gross National Happiness that Bhutan adheres to and the developmental activities carried out in harmony with culture, tradition and environment.
Praising Bhutan’s development strategies in accordance with the concept of Gross National Happiness
“Bhutan’s message to humanity is happiness. A happiness which springs from harmony. The world can do with a lot more happiness. Happiness, which shall prevail over mindless hate. If people are happy, there will be harmony, where there is harmony, there will be peace. And it is peace that will help societies achieve progress through sustainable development. In a time where development is often seen in conflict with traditions and the environment, the world has much to learn from Bhutan. Here, development, environment and culture are not at loggerheads but are in synergy.”
He also underscored Bhutan and India’s great close bilateral relationship: “Besides geographical boundary, similarities in history, culture and spiritual traditions have created unique and deep bonds between the two countries.”
Similarities which Bhutan and India share
India is the land where Prince Siddhartha became Gautama Buddha and the source of the light of spiritual message. It is the origin of the light of Buddhism which has spread all over the world.
Generations of monks, spiritual leaders, scholars and seekers have burnt that flame bright in Bhutan. They have also nurtured a special bond between India and Bhutan.
As a result, Bhutan and India’s shared values have shaped a common world view.
“We are fortunate to be the living vehicle of this legacy. No other two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much. And no two countries are such natural partners in bringing prosperity to their people.”
Currently, more than 4,000 Bhutanese students are studying in India and Prime Minister Modi expects more students to do so over the years.
He also mentioned that the Indian government is willing to welcome more students from Bhutan to Nalanda University to pursue Buddhist studies and traditions.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.