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"Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates 100-bed BAPS Yogiji Maharaj Hospital in Ahmedabad"
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"Tendency to spread canards against Mutts and Seers but it is from them we take inspiration on how to serve society not from today but from centuries: Shri Narendra Modi"

On Friday 18th May 2012, Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated 100-bed BAPS Yogiji Maharaj Hospital in Ahmedabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi stated that he was extremely honored to be a part of such a distinguished programme with Raviji Maharaj. The Chief Minister lauded the distinguished efforts and contribution of seers and saints of India and believed that even if the hospital was not built, their contribution had still been immense after all, seers not only take care of our physical health but also our mental health. This hospital was just one form, he added. Shri Modi recalled the role of Pramukhswami Maharaj Yogiji in the de-addiction of 40- lakh people and expressed hope that this Hospital would work for society with the same spirit. He also added that the seers who worked towards this hospital would be extremely happy with this effort and that Swamiji has a Midas touch, making every penny into a valuable contribution for good of others.

Shri Modi listed a big challenge of the lack of adequate healthcare facilities today. He shared that not only doctors bur even number of nurses were lacking possibly due to an assumption by earlier rulers that no one would fall ill! But now, he was filling the gaps, Shri Modi pointed out and conveyed with confidence that they would successfully overcome this challenge. He also thanked Swamiji for helping the Government for sharing a part of the challenge with them.

On the occasion, Shri Modi said that there are canards and false impressions being spread about our Mutts, Temple and Seers and the same people who point these so called flaws ask people to look at Missionaries for inspiration. But, he confidently stated that not today but from centuries, the work seers have done have no parallel in the world. He cited the example of Kathiawar, where there is no place where in a 20 km radius one could not find a Seer or religious Centre where ‘rotla’ wont be served to passers by. The Chief Minister also gave the example of Badrinath and Kedarnath where it was seers who would help pilgrims if facilities were not adequate.

Shri Modi spoke about how India is a nation that has always believed in the ‘Daridra Nayaran’ philosophy and that we have always been a ‘Sevadhram Desh’. He added that when he saw this hospital, he felt immense pride and could show the world what our seers and sages have been doing. For seeking inspiration to serve society, we don’t need to look anywhere else but must learn from our seers only!

He lauded Swamiji for integrating the latest technology in the hospital and expressed happiness that he was moving with the times yet along with keeping the cultural core intact. The Chief Minister also talked about the Guru Bhakti and how if there were no Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Paramhansa would be incomplete. Similarly without Sardar Patel, Gandhiji would be incomplete and without Pramukh Swamiji, Yogiji Maharaj would be incomplete. Shri Modi further pointed that the Swamiji has imbibed the essence of Ayurveda and passed on the knowledge to his disciples, which could be seen in this hospital where the lower floor was kept for Ayurveda related treatment.

With overall life expectancy rate rising to almost 80 years as compared to 55- 60 in the earlier days, old age health problems would rise due to which more health facilities would be required. But Shri Modi expressed serious doubts as to whether the Central Government would tackle these problems and how they would do so but expressed with assured the people that Gujarat Government is making determined efforts in towards enhancing medical facilities.  Shri Modi recalled the earlier days when there were few medical colleges but Governments spoke of giving one doctor to every village! Now, there are not only more medical colleges but also more medical seats, rising from 500 a decade ago to 6000! Every district has a nursing College, Institute for para-medical staff and all these institutes have all the latest technology and training facilities, said Shri Modi.

He concluded by seeking the blessings of the seers present and thanked Pujya Pramukh Swamiji for his efforts.

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Historic Trilateral Transport and Transit Corridor Agreement inked
To carve out new routes of peace and prosperity is our common goal. We want to link with the world: PM Modi
The watch-words of international ties are trust not suspicion; cooperation not dominance; inclusivity not exclusion: PM
Economic fruits of Chahbahar Agreement will expand trade, attract investment, build infrastructure, develop industry & create jobs: PM
Amidst the landscape of political turmoil & economic stress, our 3 countries are blessed with the most potent resource - our youth: PM

Your Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

Your Excellency Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Honourable Ministers

Ladies and Gentlemen

A famous poet of Persia, Hafez once said:

रोज़े- हिज्रो-शबे-फ़ुर्क़ते-यार आख़र शुद

ज़दम इन फ़ालो-गुज़श्त अख़्तरो कार आख़र शुद्

[Meaning: Days of separation are over; night of wait is coming to an end; Our friendship will stay forever.]

Today, we are all witnessing creation of history. Not just for the people of our three countries, but for the entire region. To build bonds of connectivity is the most basic of human urges. Today, we seek to fulfil it. We are grateful to Excellency Rouhani for hosting this unique event. Thank you President Ashraf Ghani, for your presence. It truly holds a special significance. It is a privilege to be here. Excellency Rouhani, President Ghani and I have just held detailed discussions on a range of issues. The agenda for economic engagement is a clear priority for us. We stand together in unity of our purpose. To carve out new routes of peace, and prosperity is our common goal. We want to link with the world. But, better connectivity among ourselves is also our priority. It is indeed a new dawn for the region.

Excellencies,

Iran, Afghanistan and India are deeply aware of the richness and reality of our ancient links. Through centuries, art and culture, ideas and knowledge, language and traditions have formed a common bond between us. Even through turmoil of history, our societies never lost touch with each other. Today, we meet to write new chapters in our engagement.

Excellencies, The Agreement on the establishment of a Trilateral Transport and Transit Corridor signed just a while ago can alter the course of history of this region. It is a new foundation of convergence between our three nations. The corridor would spur unhindered flow of commerce throughout the region. Inflow of capital and technology could lead to new industrial infrastructure in Chahbahar. This would include gas based fertilizer plants, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and IT. The key arteries of the corridor would pass through the Chahbahar port of Iran. It's very location, on the mouth of Gulf of Oman, is of great strategic significance. Afghanistan will get an assured, effective, and a more friendly route to trade with the rest of the world. The arc of economic benefit from this agreement would extend beyond our three nations. Its reach could extend to the depths of the Central Asian countries. When linked with the International North South Transport Corridor, it would touch South Asia at one end and Europe at another. And, studies show that as compared to the traditional sea routes, it could bring down the cost and time of the cargo trade to Europe by about 50%. Over time, we could even look to connect it with the strong sea and land based routes that India has developed with the Indian Ocean Region and South East Asia.

Excellencies,

The world of 21st century offers unique opportunities.But, it also poses its own set of challenges.Today, the nature of global engagement requires an attitude more suitable to this century, not the mindset of the century gone by. Today, the watch-words of international tiesare trust not suspicion; cooperation not dominance; inclusivity not exclusion. This is also the guiding philosophy and driving spirit of the Chahbahar Agreement. This will be a corridor of peace and prosperity for our peoples. Motives of economic growth, and empowerment would drive it. It will build our security without making others vulnerable. It would break barriers among our nations and encourage new benchmarks of people-to-people contacts. And, help us to eventually build what we all desire and deserve - a friendly and healthy neighbourhood.

Excellencies,

The world around us is changing in fundamental ways. And, the lack of comprehensive connectivity is not the only challenge that limits our national growth. Political turmoil and undercurrents of economic stress continue to spread in West Asia. In the Indo-Pacific,rise a mix of political competition and economic opportunities is putting pressure on the existing Asian order. Global economy is yet to fully come out of uncertainty and weakness. Our present growth and future prosperity is under threat from the spread of radical ideas and physical terror. Amidst this landscape, our three countries are blessed with the most potent resource—our youth. Our three nations are estimated to have more than 60 percent of their population under 30 years of age. They are an asset in our national and regional development. We want them to walk the road to knowledge and skills; industry and enterprise. And, not fall victim to the path of guns and violence. I am confident that economic fruits of the Chahbahar Agreement will expand trade, attract investment, build infrastructure, develop industry and create jobs for our youth. The Agreement will strengthen our ability to stand in mutual support against those whose only motto is to maim and kill the innocents. Its success will be a positive vote for peace and stability in the region.

Excellencies, It is my strong belief that trade and transit routes should only be a starting point of our journey to greater connectivity. In my vision, the full spectrum of connectivity agenda between Iran, Afghanistan and India should span: • from culture to commerce;

• from traditions to technology;

• from Investments to IT;

• from services to strategy; and

• from people to politics.

In a way, it is a pledge to:

• Realize the imperative of better connectivity;

• Establish peace and create stability;

• Build economic prosperity and engineer new trade ties;

• Curb radicalism and remove shadows of terror; and

• Break barriers and spread sweetness of familiarity among our people.

History will look back at this effort with nothing but approval and admiration.

I compliment Excellencies Rouhani and Ghani for their leadership in guiding this effort.

Thank you all. Thank you very much.