Inspired to hear my name from PM Modi: KAS topper Anjuman Bashir

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He said, "New India needs to find ways, make plans regarding how we could accomplish our goals by 2022 and how we could build an India that our freedom fighters dreamt of?"

Referring to them as "My New India Youth", the PM asked them to come forward and deliberate on how this New India - free from the poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from filth and poverty - would be formed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the "discriminatory" practice of Muslim women being barred from observing Haj without a "Mehram" or male guardian has been abolished.

The PM said that "Swachh Survekshan 2018" will be carried out from January 4 to March 10 next year to evaluate the cleanliness of India's urban areas. "Just now, while talking to you I got an idea whether we could organize a mock parliament in every district of India?"

Modi added that the minority affairs ministry has removed this restriction and will now allow Muslim women to travel to Haj without a male attendant. "I had a chance of meeting some daughters of Jammu and Kashmir".

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He said terrorism and violence were so widespread there that his family had to leave their ancestral land and flee.

"As a child, Anjum never gave up hope". I was amazed at spirit that they had, the enthusiasm that was there in their hearts and dreams they nurtured. "He chose to serve the people of the country", he said.

In a message, the Vice-President said, "I convey my warm greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the advent of Year 2018 and let us collectively resolve to dedicate ourselves towards building a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious society".

Addressing the nation in his 39th edition of monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat", Prime Minister Modi, earlier in the day, said Anjum Bashir was an "inspiration" not only to the state of Jammu and Kashmir but to the whole of India. This is unprecedented in India's history... "On January 26, the arrival of great leaders of 10 nations of the world as a unit is a matter of pride for all Indians".