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"We need to present our technology to the world in the language in which they understand. Why cannot our herbal medicines take over the world market: Shri Narendra Modi"
"Every flower has the potential to rid illness...one such flower is the Lotus: Shri Modi"
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Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Ayurveda Summit 2014 in Gandhinagar, on the morning of 25th February, 2014. The Summit is being organized by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.

Addressing a large gathering of Ayurveda practitioners, representing the 26 states of India, Shri Modi spoke of how the untapped potential of Ayurveda had significant scope in the future as the concept of holistic healthcare was increasingly being adopted by people across the globe. He stated that along with giving emphasis to the practitioners, an equal focus must be laid on the Ayurveda medicine manufacturers.

Speaking on promoting Ayurveda through better application of technology, Shri Modi highlighted how branding and packaging of the vast base of Ayurvedic medicines, and the extensive knowledge of Ayurveda, would escalate their demand across the globe and thereby increase our exports. “We have lot of talent but we need to present it to the world in the most modern manner. We need to present our technology to the world in the language in which they understand. The Hathi Commission was called for improving the packaging for Ayurveda. If China is exporting it, it means there is a market. Why cannot our herbal medicines take over the world market? How can we take our Ayurveda to the world,” said Shri Modi. He also suggested other ways of promotion, including digitalisation of ancient manuscripts.

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Shri Modi also put forth many ways to promote the use of Ayurveda, some of which included tapping the countries that believe in traditional medicine and engaging them in discussions and affiliating our Ayurvedic colleges with foreign colleges. He stressed that by taking such initiatives at the global level, other countries could be brought under the umbrella of Ayurveda and a corpus fund could be created and used for intensive research in this field. The increased emphasis laid by the State government, on promoting Ayurveda, was clearly reflected in Shri Modi’s statement of the budget for the same rising from Rs. 36 crores few years back to Rs. 325 crore in the current plan.

Urging the audience to take effective steps at creating a ‘Swastha Bharat’, Shri Modi called for the need to raise awareness on Intellectual Property Rights, stating that patenting was the need-of-the-hour for Ayurveda. “We are also lagging behind in one thing and that is patent. Just saying our things are best will not do. We need greater awareness in IPR and patents especially vis-a-vis Ayurveda,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi spoke of the vast scope entailed in the practise of Ayurveda and emphasized on the need to understand and value our rich Ayurvedic legacy, instead of doubting its prevalence and effectiveness. “There have been attempts to forget the nation's glorious culture. Sadly, sometimes we begin suspecting ourselves also,” said Shri Modi.

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He highlighted how the prevalence and preference for Ayurveda will increase only if its practitioners have trust in its effectiveness and only if the patient has enough patience to follow it. “The doctors of Ayurveda must have complete faith in Ayurveda. Also, the patient needs to have patience. If that does not happen, then the patient and Ayurveda cannot mix,” said Shri Modi. He also put forth the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s immense faith in our culture and urged the audience to have faith in the efficacy of Ayurveda. He said, “First and foremost we need to have faith in our traditions. Many times, people wondered about Gandhiji's attire etc. but he was never affected. He engaged with the world on his own terms.”

Asserting that the problems of ‘hurry, worry and curry’ are the main cause of concern for humankind, Shri Modi called for the need to adopt an approach that promotes the balance of all three aspects and ensures improved living.

Shri Modi also put forth the pioneering initiative of the ETC (electro-tridosh-gram), which, like the ECG, reflected the imbalance, if any, in the ‘tridosh’ of the human body.

Stating that the potential of every flower or fruit to cure illnesses is immense, Shri Modi, with a touch of wit to his talk, said, “Every flower has the potential to rid illness...one such flower is the Lotus.”

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev spoke of how Ayurveda was being given its due credit from the land of Gujarat, and stated how this form of medicine had cured several diseases like thyroid, BP and asthma. He said that all forms of medicine must be given due importance, and stressed on the need to have better infrastructure for promoting Ayurveda. “Let us think about our nation. Let us think how we can prevent our people from falling ill. Humare paas gyan hai aur vigyaan ka roop dene ke liye thodi madad chahiye...poori duniya ko swastha bana sakte hain,” said Baba Ramdev.

Dignitaries present on the occasion included Shri Nitin Patel, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, renowned Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Shri Rajesh Kishore, additional secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dept, Government of Gujarat, Dr Varesh Sinha, Shri Acharya Balkrushna ji, head of Chikitsalayas of Patanjali Yogpeeth,
Dr. H.R.
Nagendra,
Vice Chancellor, SVYASA University,
Bangalore
, Prof. O P Upadhyaya, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Shri Krishnakumar from Coimbatore, Shri Rasidullah Khan, Dr. Banita Murlikumar, Dr. Raghunandan Sharma, Dr. Tyagi, Dr. Bharat Boghra, ex-MLA Rajkot, Dr. Hasmukh Soni, Dr Rajesh Koteja, Dr Kirit Patel, Vaidya H S Kasture, ex-director ISM & H, and well-known proctologist Vaidya Indubhai Dave.

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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.