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Prime Minister’s remarks at the Global Citizens Festival, Central Park, New York City

September 28, 2014

"How are you doing, New York . . .

I hope, you are having, a good time . . .

Namaste . My greetings, to all those, watching on TVs, laptops, tablets and phones, as well .

This, is a great city . It has assimilated, the world, in itself .

Today, you have shown, that you also care, for the world outside .

I am truly delighted, to be here . In the open Central Park . And not inside, a closed Conference Room . . .

Among the Youth . Among you .

Because, you are the future . What you do Today, will decide, our Tomorrow .

I feel, a current of hope, in this Park . Among you, I feel confident about the future . . .

You are touching, the lives of those, who are not as fortunate, as you are . What an admirable act, this is . What a sacred mission .

For you to think, about those, who are far . Whose faces, you have not seen . Whose names, you do not know . Whose nationality, does not matter to you .

For you to convert, your thoughts into action . And devote, your time, and energy . So that others, may have a better future too

Those living in poverty . Without education . Without basic sanitation . Without opportunity . And worse, without hope . . .

I salute you . I feel proud, of each one of you . I am sure, your families, your friends, your nation, feels just as proud .

Some believe, that the world changes, with the wisdom of the old .

I think, that the idealism, innovation, energy and ‘can do’ attitude, of the youth, is even more powerful .

That is my hope, for India too . 800 million youth, joining hands, to transform our nation .

To put, the light of hope, in every eye . And, the joy of belief, in every heart. Lift people, out of poverty . Put clean water, and sanitation, within the reach of all . Make healthcare, available to all . A roof, over every head .

I know, it is possible . . .

Because, I feel, a new sense of purpose, energy, and will, in India .

Because, India’s youth, can see that, you are joining hands, with them .

Because, I believe, that we can speak with one voice . For one future . . .

That, is why, I am here .

Because, I believe in you . . .

Let me end, with a few lines in Sanskrit, that inspire me, personaly

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः।

सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।

सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु।

मा कश्चित् दुःख भाग्भवेत्॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

May All, be prosperous, and happy .

May All, be free from illness .

May All, see what is spiritually uplifting .

May no one, suffer .

Om Peace, Peace, Peace ...

Thank you once again, for having me over .

Thanks in particular, to Hugh Jackman here .

God bless you all .

May the Force be with You ...”

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