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Time to reject ‘pink revolution promoting slaughter of mother cow’

Dear Friends,

Jai Shri Krishna!

On the occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to you and your family, especially children. Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is the day to recall feelings Bhakti (devotion) and Bhav (intent). In various parts of the country rather the entire world, Janmashtami is celebrated in a major way through different ways. The most common image of Janmashtami is that of ‘Dahi Handi’ wherein a sea of Krishna Bhakts assemble to see youngsters attempting to break the earthen pot filled with milk cream. Lord Krishna, the ‘Makhan Chor’ is always remembered as Sakha (friend) and protector of cows.

Lord Krishna stands for decimating the evil. In his infant days he escaped the evil designs of Kansa. The image of a youngster from Vrindavan with cows to a divine figure in the Mahabharata always serves as a blessing for us. He always personified divinity and enlightenment. In the middle of ‘Mahabharata’, he gave us the message of life in the form of the ‘Bhagwat Gita’. He showed us the way of life by teaching ‘Nishkam Karmyog’ or selfless service. It is a matter of great pride that the blessed land of Gujarat has been the Karmabhumi of Lord Krishna. Dwarka was the capital and he remains the ‘Dwarkadhish’ or the Lord of Dwarka. Dakor and Shamlaji too have deep-rooted bond with Lord Krishna.

There is a huge presence of Lord Krishna in every aspect of our life. We not only revere Lord Krishna but also everything associated with him. Among other reasons, his association with cows made us to worship them as our mother. In Gujarat, we have left no stone unturned to protect ‘Gau Mata’. We are the only state in India to enact a law for protecting the cow’s progeny and ban cow slaughter. But, our work does not stop at preventing killing of mother cow but to also ensure their wellbeing. This inspired us to organize cataract operations for cows.

It saddens me that present UPA Government led by Congress is promoting slaughtering of cows and exporting beef to bring ‘Pink Revolution’. Our ancient Indian ethos and values doesn’t teach us to kill mother cow, who nurture us from the day we start taking shape in the womb of our mother till we leave this mother earth. Sadly, the UPA seems unbothered about this rich ethos of our culture. It wants to make India the biggest exporter of beef! Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave worked tirelessly for the protection of mother cow but this Government abandoned their teachings. Should we feel proud of this endeavor of the UPA Government led by Congress, which is founded on the killing of our mother cow?

Friends, on this day, I appeal to you to take a pause and reflect whether we should kill our mother cow who give us milk and various milk products which are essential for our children who are suffering with protein deficiency. Our future generation is not getting sufficient milk and this Government wants to kill cows that provide us ‘ladder for life’. I’m sure that you will contribute your might in stopping such insane act.

Once again, I convey my greetings on this auspicious day and also take this opportunity to extend a warm invite to visit places in Gujarat such as Dwarka, Dakor and Shamlaji, connected with Lord Krishna.

Yours,

Narendra Modi

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September 25, 2015
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Dear Friends,

Today we bow to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya ji, on his birth anniversary. This year the occasion is even more special as it marks the beginning of Deendayal ji’s centenary year.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya is our inspiration. From his life we learn how an individual completely devoted himself to the wellbeing of the nation and the service of the poor. As a political organiser, his work was legendary. Without getting trapped into the lure for power he continued to work, selflessly.

Deendayal ji gave us the Mantra of ‘Integral Humanism’, which has been our guiding principle. This Mantra of ‘Integral Humanism’ stands out as a clear way of thought firmly rooted in the Indian tradition. ‘Integral Humanism also stands out for its emphasis on decentralization and attaches immense importance to the economic progress of every human being.

When I say that the Government of India is a government for the poor, it is deeply inspired by Deendayal ji’s idea of Antyodaya or serving the very last person in the society. India’s progress is dependent on how quickly we can free our nation from the clutches of poverty and provide every Indian a life of dignity, opportunity and aspiration.

For years, the poor of India figured prominently in rhetoric of politicians but when it came to delivery on the ground, there was a wide gap. Our government has been laser focused on bridging this gap. All our key initiatives, from Swachh Bharat, to ensuring that the poor have bank accounts, to creating a social security and pension framework to 24/7 electricity and housing for all are aimed at bringing a qualitative difference in the lives of the poor. The scope and scale of these initiatives is wide and unprecedented but we are confident that we will complete them and deliver the desired results.

Exactly on this day last year, the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched. We believe that India is the ideal destination for companies from across the world to invest in. Our demographic dividend is ideally suited to drive this change and make India a hub for manufacturing, cutting edge research and innovation. With industry will come greater employment and learning opportunities for our youth, which will ignite the lamp of progress and prosperity in their lives.

A year on, I am meeting with top business leaders and investors in the United States, building on the ground we had covered last year. Wherever I am travelling, I have seen renewed enthusiasm towards investing in India. We, on our part are doing everything possible to further this spirit. We have made doing business easier, are working to make our tax structures more predictable, stable and competitive. We are simplifying procedures and removing regulations that are unnecessary. We are placing enormous focus on technology as well.

I am confident these efforts will directly benefit the poor of India and provide them the windows of opportunity they deserve.

Today, I will be addressing a UN Summit on adoption of post-2015 Development Agenda. The world is taking note of the menace of climate change and it must be highlighted that the greatest sufferers of the adverse consequences of climate change will be the poor. It is in a way a manifestation of Antyodaya that today the global community, from leaders to individuals and organisations are coming together to find ways to mitigate this adversity. I am hopeful we will draw up a clear roadmap on Climate Change Mitigation and towards Sustainable Development that will directly benefit the poor and the marginalised.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya always said, ‘Charaiveti, Charaiveti.’ This was an inspiring call to keep pursuing your mission without being overcome by any obstacles, to establish a system of sacrifice and hardwork. Let us follow the path shown by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and work together to fulfil his dream of a developed and just India, where the poorest of the poor is taken care of.

 

Yours,

Narendra Modi