Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party's Diwali Milan in New Delhi, he said that people are not very familiar with democracy in political parties, and the country is still adapting to it. "It is also because the size of the party has grown, making it hard to train, communicate and so on", Modi said.
He said, "I remember how I used to spend time with you, most of you are from the same generation, lost in past memories is natural, there was no obstacle or difficulty at that time".
The Prime Minister said today that parties with a "true democratic spirit" are essential for a healthy democracy. But overall, the debate in the media must also focus on how they are formed, how they function, how they recruit and develop leadership and foster their values and ideologies.
The Prime Minister said that informal interactions with the media were useful as media persons often convey about the shortcomings and bottlenecks in various programmes due to their wide exposure. "Whether democracy exists as the core issue in political parties should be debated in India, though there has already been discussion on political funding", he added.
In his remarks, BJP chief Amit Shah noted that Diwali marks the beginning of the new year in Gujarat and said the country has met various challenges successfully during the last year and moved ahead under the Modi government.
Union Minister Smriti Irani and senior party leaders including GVL Narsimha Rao, Sambit Patra were also present at the event. He said both the ruling party and the media may have expectations as well complaints from each other but they have to get along happily amid these differences. "In the past few days, all newspapers have been filled with the criticism of the government. Their weaknesses should also be debated", he said. "I thank each one of you for making it a personal mission".
"Now there are so many mediums". Recalling the Jan Sangh era, long before he joined active politics, Mr Modi said, "The words may differ, but the view of central leadership and junior most worker used to be same".