India steadfast… culture of harmony, inclusiveness, says PM

Stressing that India has remained “steadfast and resolute” despite “changing circumstances over thousands of years”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that “our faith and our culture are of harmony, of equality and inclusiveness”.

In a virtual address after unveiling a 108ft statue of Lord Hanuman at Morbi in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said the plan to establish four such statues across the country reflected the determination of Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat (one India, better India). Lord Ram’s life, he said, was an ideal example of Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas (taking everyone along with everyone’s effort).

“For me, 130 million people of this country take the form of Lord Ram. It is thanks to their determination, to their work that the country moves forward,” he said. “Hanumanji is that power and support that has given the right of honor and respect to all forest species and all forest dwellers. He is an important formula for Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat,” he said.

He said that the Ram kathas are organized in different parts of the country. “Whether in any language or dialect, the spirit of Ram katha binds, unites in devotion to the Lord. It is the strength of Indian faith, our spirituality, our culture, our traditions. It is which, even in the troubled times of slavery, unified different sections, different classes to unite to resolve for the freedom of the nation…strengthened efforts”.

“Despite changing circumstances over thousands of years, India has remained steadfast and resolute. The flow of our faith and culture is of sadbhav (harmony), sambhav (equality), samavesh (inclusiveness). So when the time came for good to overcome evil, Lord Ram, though able and capable, took everyone, united everyone, people of all composition, small and great beings, took their help. And having collected everything, he completed this task – it is Sabka Saath, Sabka Prayas. His life is the best proof of this, of which Hanumanji is an important part… We must unite with this spirit, to achieve our resolve for the nation and make it shine brighter,” he said.

He said a “mini-Japan” was emerging in the Saurashtra towns of Jamnagar, Rajkot and Morbi with specialized industrial clusters creating jobs. He praised the Kathiawad region for its emergence as a center of power, with its centers of tourism and pilgrimage.

Recalling his long association with Morbi, Modi said the failure of the Machchhu dam in August 1979 led to flooding and death. “When the earthquake happened in Bhuj, Kutch (2001), the lessons learned from the Morbi incident, the experience, were used. The way Kutch prospered after the earthquake shows how Gujarat has the strength to turn disasters into opportunities as Morbi learned. Today, whether it’s manufacturing ceramics or watchmaking, Morbi has become an industrial center for them. Before the Machchhu dam, all you could see in the four directions of the Morbi were brick kilns and large chimneys. Today, it is said that there is Morbi on one side, Rajkot on the other and Jamnagar on the third.

“The brass industry of Jamnagar, the mechanical industry of Rajkot and the clock and ceramics industries of Morbi have become like a triumvirate…it seems like a new mini-Japan has been established”, did he declare.

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