Long socks, running socks, Star Wars socks, and even baseball socks will be the key to the ‘great nation’ India is set to build, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging to build “a new nation that will bring the best of our country to the world”.
“This is our mission.
We are going a long way in the next three to five years.
We want to build the great nation,” Modi said on Sunday.
“We will make sure we get the best,” he said at a ceremony attended by leaders of all states, cities, tribes, and regions of the country.
Modi was addressing a gathering of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which is expected to form the next government.
The BJP is expected make its way to power in the 2019 elections, but has yet to form a government.
In a recent speech, Modi said he was building “great socks” in an effort to ensure that “we have the best running socks in the world.”
He also said he would build a “new nation” that would bring the “best of our nation” to the “world”.
Modi has also announced plans to create “great nation-builders” that will help build India’s infrastructure and create jobs.
The prime minister has promised to boost the country’s economy by $2 trillion by 2019, which could boost India’s growth rate from the current 3.5% to around 8%.
The BJP has been accused of stoking anti-national sentiments in the country and its growing numbers of citizens who have joined the party.
In March, a Hindu nationalist group called the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) said it would boycott a meeting of India’s largest Hindu nationalist organisation, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, saying that it was “anti-national”.
The group, which includes leaders of Hindu nationalist organisations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Rashtriyatra, has threatened to protest in front of the Indian Embassy in Turkey.
The rally was organised in response to a series of attacks on the Turkish consulate in Ankara in February that were claimed by the group.
At the same time, thousands of members of the RSS, including Modi’s own son-in-law, Vishnu Gupta, have been detained in India on terror charges.
In February, an Indian court found former prime minister Manmohan Singh guilty of complicity in the 1994 Gujarat riots, the first time the country had convicted a former Indian prime minister.
The Supreme Court earlier this month ordered Singh to pay Rs 5.2 crore ($11.2 million) in damages to his former ministers, including former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, who had denied the government’s guilt.
“Our country is the envy of the world, and we will take it to the next level,” Modi told the crowd, addressing a rally of about 1,500 people.
“I want you to be proud of our great nation.
We will build a great nation with great socks.”
India will have the world’s fastest growing economy in 2019, according to the latest projections by Bloomberg Intelligence, and Modi will be tasked with building the country, which was the world third-largest economy in the third quarter of 2019, by 2020.
India’s economic growth will be around 7.5%, according to estimates by the International Monetary Fund, with inflation expected to average just below 6%.
Modi’s Bharatiyath Party, which has come to power following the 2019 general elections, has been criticised for its policies that have alienated many sections of the public.