Amaravati: The iconic phrase ‘I have a dream’ reverberated in the US nearly five-and-a-half decades later but in a different context and with a very different set of audience, but the effect and appeal remains overwhelming.
While Martin Luther King Jr. gave the stunning speech ‘I have a dream’ in the month August demanding social justice, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy emulated the American social reformer in the same of month of August and gave an appealing speech with the tagline ‘I have a dream.’ The dream has taken shape from the 3,648 km padayatra.
Amidst rapturous applause, he told the gathering at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centre, Dallas, USA on Saturday that ‘I have dream to ring in social justice in the state of Andhra Pradesh. I have a dream that no child or youth should stay away from studies for want of opportunities or money, I have a dream that no person should continue to suffer from illness due to lack of facilities or lack of financial support, I have a dream that no person who is able and willing to work sits in despair or moves out of the state due to lack of opportunities, I have a dream that the marginalised sections of the society should be empowered economically, socially and politically as well.
I have a dream that farmers in the agrarian economy of Andhra Pradesh should not slip into distress and fall into a debt trap as they do not get proper inputs and there are no buyers of their produce or their crops faces the wrath of nature.
I have a dream to drive corruption away along with illiteracy as the enrolment percent among BRICS nations is higher when compared to that ours. Russia has 81 %, China 48 %, Brazil 50 % but ours is only 25 %.
I have a dream of providing good education to the students of Andhra Pradesh, I have dream to see that Government Hospitals provide quality medicare, I have a dream that every citizen should live in their own house.
I have a dream that the state should have irrigation and drinking water facilities in every village and there should be no bias on the basis of caste, creed, religion, political affiliations.
To fulfil these dreams, came up the Navaratnas, which would cater to the needs of all sections, he said and listed out the welfare measures, Rythu Bharosa, Amma Vodi, Aarogyasri, YSR Asara, YSR Cheyutha, Pensions, Housing, Fees Reimbursement, and spoke about the 19 Bills that the State passed to bring in transparency and corruption free governance.
He thanked the Indian diaspora for the affection and love they have shown in the faraway land and he acknowledged their role the thundering victory of the Party has won 151 of the 175 assembly and 22 of the 25 Parliament seats by polling 50 % of the votes.
‘I salute you people for extending the support to me and the affection you had shown towards by father Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, Telugu people.
You have been growing with the country and I am proud to hear from the President of this nation about your role in the development process. I am also happy to note that there are about 41 lakh Indians settled in this country of which Telugu community forms nearly four lakhs. Your love for motherland is marvellous, he complimented them.
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