Address by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President through video conferencing after releasing the indigenous social media super app – Elyments in New Delhi on July 05, 2020.

New Delhi | July 5, 2020

I am pleased to connect with all of you today for the launch of Elyments mobile App on this auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima today.

There could not have been a better occasion to launch this noble initiative towards an Atm-Nirbhar Bharat.

Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Aashaadha to commemorate the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata. It is also believed that Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath on this day.

Guru has always held a reverential place in Indian culture. He has been compared to the Brahma, Vishnu, and the Shiva. He is the supreme spirit!

In ancient times, India was known as Vishwa Guru because of such great Gurus.

We should aspire to make the country a leading power in every field, be it science & technology, economy, defence or human development.

India is passing through a crucial moment in the history. We are faced with a number of internal and external challenges. But we should remain resolute in our response to the challenges thrown at us.

The Prime Minister has given a call for ‘Atm-Nirbhar Bharat’- a self-reliant India.

The Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, as it is called, is a mission to galvanize the forces of growth across the country in various sectors of the economy.

It’s a launchpad for fostering entrepreneurship, nurturing innovation and creation of an ecosystem for rural-urban symbiotic development.

It is not a call for protectionism or isolationism, but for adopting a pragmatic development strategy that would enable the country to recognize and capitalize on its inherent strengths.

India has come to be known as one of the IT superpowers because of the talented scientists and technology experts who are occupying leadership positions across the globe.

Against this backdrop, it is quite appropriate that the Prime Minister has announced the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ yesterday. This will encourage Indian IT specialists to prepare apps for various uses to enhance our quality of life. As the Prime Minister envisages, it will result in world class ‘Made in India’ apps and create an ‘Atmanirbhar App Ecosystem’.

This Abhiyan is aimed at giving a new boost, a quantum jump to the economic potential of the country by strengthening infrastructure, using modern technologies and enriching human resource.

‘New India’ needs vibrant young thinkers who are willing to experiment and explore. We should innovate not just imitate. Innovation is the watchword for 21st Century. We have all the ingredients for success. We need to just connect the dots and create synergies of action.

Reform, Perform and Transform

I am happy to note that more than one thousand IT professionals, who are also the volunteers of the Art of Living, have together created indigenous app named Elyments. I am glad to note that the app will be available in eight Indian languages. I hope efforts will be made to make it available in all major Indian languages. (Common people will be able to communicate better in their mother tongues)

Such initiatives by our tech industry and professionals are truly praiseworthy as they not only demonstrate Indian prowess in technology but are also a step towards Atm-Nirbhar Bharat. I hope this App would prove to be a good desi alternative to the many foreign Apps being used by the people.

India is an IT powerhouse and we have some of the world’s best known names in this field. With such a huge pool of talented professionals, I feel there should be many more such innovations coming out in future. I call upon all stakeholders to create an enabling ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive.

Dear friends,

I call upon every Indian to rise to the occasion and adopt this campaign as his or her own. We can certainly chase the dream of transforming “Local” India into a “Glocal” India by using our resources wisely and strategically.

We can make it happen by unleashing the forces of growth and giving space for creative experimentation.

Again on this Guru Purnima, let me remind you the crucial role of ‘Gurus’ in this transformation, for Guru does not mean only the one who teaches in the classroom. He or she makes you a better human being, a ‘thinking’ individual and a ‘feeling’ individual.

Let us all pay our reverential pranams to our parents, teachers and Gurus, who have guided and mentored us through different stages of life.

Let me wish you a very happy, innovatively ‘app’y Guru Purnima. May you all be inspired to scale new heights of human excellence.

Jai Hind!