“India needs rapid transformation, not gradual evolution. No country can afford any longer to develop in isolation. Younger generation in India is thinking and aspiring so differently, that government can no longer afford to remain rooted in the past,” Modi said.
PM Modi also said that a change in mindset in necessary for reformation. “A transformation of governance cannot happen without a transformation in mindset,” the PM added.
Drawing parallels to reformations brought in Singapore by its former PM Lee Kuan Yew, the PM said, “It is fitting that we are inaugurating this series with Shri Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.”
“One of the greatest reformers and administrators of our time was Lee Kuan Yew who transformed Singapore to what it is today,” Modi added.
The prime minister said that country needs a global cooperation and overhaul to system put the nation on a developmental path. “Development today depends on quality of institutions and ideas; we have to change laws, speed up processes, adopt technology,” the PM said.
“Thirty years ago, a country might have been able to look inward and find its solutions. Today, countries are inter dependent and inter connected,” he added