Exclusive: PM Modi Outlines 1,000-Year Vision, Says BJP Will Win Historic Mandate

New Delhi: "If you want to achieve big then think big," Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told NDTV, outlining how thinking ahead at this point of time might benefit India a thousand years from now.

This is Bharat's time, which should not be squandered," he added, while outlining how the blueprint for India 100 years after Independence can lay the foundation for the country.

As an example, he cited the need to rethink how the bureaucracy functions -- "promotion should not be the only target".

Change is necessary in the recruitment and training of officers -- promotion should not be the only target..

they should know what is the purpose of their lives," PM Modi told NDTV's Editor-in-Chief Sanjay Pugalia in an exclusive interview.

That he intends to take together Virasat (heritage) and Vikas (development) was said first from the ramparts of Red Fort, he said.  

"And I am saying this again today. There have been incidents which compelled us to live... in the last 1000 years," he said.  .  

"What's happening now will take India towards a brighter future for the coming 1000 years. In my mind, it is clear that this is our time. This is Bharat's time and we must not lose the opportunity," he added 

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