Breaking his silence on several issues from India's NSG bid to controversy over RBI Chief Raghuram Rajan's second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday went all candid, in a rare interview to a private news channel.
Below are some key interview highlights and important takeaways on issues ranging from his political past to upcoming elections and Goods and Services Tax (GST) to India's foreign policy:
On Raghuram Rajan, Modi said that the debate was whether his government would let Rajan stay as he was an appointee of the Congress led- UPA government. But he reassured people that Rajan will continue to serve the nation as he loves his country.
He addressed Subramaniam Swamy's comment without dropping names by saying that it was inappropriate and that anyone who believes that they are bigger than the system is wrong.
However, many political analysts believe that Modi's stern demeanour of Subramaniam Swami indicated a widening rift between a part of RSS and the Modi government.
Upcoming UP state election
On questioned over communalism, PM Modi assured that that it was his 'conviction' and 'commitment' that the upcoming polls would not be communalised. The focus, he said, would be on development as the new generation believes in it and that it was the ultimate solution to all problems.
On the subject of foreign policy, Modi said that it was essential that world leaders get to know him rather than being blindsided by the impression created by media. He added that the country would be at a loss if people get disillusioned by media's impression of him.
When addressing the Indo-Pak relations he confirmed that India always wanted friendly ties with its neighbours to live in harmony and peace while protecting India's interests.
He added that although seeking friendly relations were the government's absolute interests, the country's soldiers have 'full freedom' to 'answer back' in whatever manner it takes to keep that.
He further said that the world has started to notice and appreciate India's position and intentions and that Pakistan is finding it harder to respond.
India's NSG bid and China
Modi has full faith in India's NSG membership and has already began coordinating efforts and moving forward.
He highlighted that India has an on-going dialogue with China and hopes for its continuity. He also confirmed that China has been co-operating with India to find solutions and put out that India can finally put forward its interests in an unambiguous manner.
Modi said that the GST will economically benefit many poor people across states. By introducing the GST bill, the money from the proceeds will be used for the welfare of the people.
He added that politicial leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Akhilesh Yadav and Naveen Patnaik want the GST bill to be passed at the earliest.
According to Modi, price rise should be seen as a reality by the citizens. He also added that price rise was once increasing at a fast pace which has considerably reduce now.
Black Money and Wilful defaulters
Modi said that the first thing he did when he came to power was create a SIT.
"We formed an SIT immediately after coming to power, the previous government had delayed it for three years, despite Supreme Court's verdict. This lapse of three years gave people enough time to transfer their money from here to there," he said.
He added that never has black money been discussed in G-20 and after signing agreements with many nations, a delegate from Switzerland will visit and discuss automatic information exchange for the first time ever.
When asked on the topic of wilful defaulters he said that he will show them what the law is.
Finally, on asked whether he was thinking of 2019 elections, he said that elections are only a bi-product of democracy. According to Modi, winning or losing isn't the point, but good governance is.