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A Special Bond with Varanasi

Cradle of
India’s glorious culture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi long before the historic elections of 2014 during a visit to this ancient city called Varanasi as the cradle of India’s glorious culture, a confluence of tradition, history, culture and harmony. As his Lok Sabha constituency from where voters elected him with a record margin, Varanasi is seeing a transformation never envisioned before. All efforts are on to make this city a World Heritage site, a promise Prime Minister Modi made when he filed his nomination in April of 2014. The focus is on state of the art tourism and infrastructure facilities including a major thrust towards cleanliness under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Prime Minister has taken up the cleanliness drive with a personal involvement and regular monitoring and the results are already beginning to show.

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Cleanliness, connectivity
& conservation

Varanasi is set to create history having already established itself as a special place in India’s heritage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have put in special efforts to showcase this ancient centre to the world as one of the cleanest, connected and conserved place on earth. A major drive under Swachh Bharat Mission is already showing results, wi-fi connectivity along the major ghats is a reality and a special partnership agreement with Japanese city of Kyoto will help Varanasi demonstrate the diversity and depth of Indo-Japan relationship and its human dimension. The Prime Minister has also put a major emphasis on job creation in the region with the help of Indian Railways and by reviving the textile and powerloom industry.

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Narendra Modi & Jayapur: Forging a timeless bond

Bonds forged in times of distress are often timeless and the same applies to Narendra Modi and Jayapur. Soon after he was nominated to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, Narendra Modi learnt of a fire in the village and had called up & co-ordinated with officers for relief work.




After becoming the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana where MPs strive for holistic development of the village along with public participation.

After selecting Jayapur for the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Narendra Modi opined that the people’s representative and people have to work together for the overall development of a village. Narendra Modi said that it is not MPs who are taking guardianship of the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, but villagers who were taking MPs under their wing, through this scheme. He stressed that a good public representative has a lot to learn from villagers, their wealth of experience and their insights on solving problems. He added that Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana does not mean infusing additional funds in a village, but ensuring that schemes are properly implemented, and the entire village participates in solving problems and ensuring development. Narendra Modi affirmed that he wished to remove the deficiencies that had prevented villages from progressing over the last 60 years.

I come to beseech Jayapur – adopt me. Teach me how to solve the problems of villages

Harnessing the Power of Collective Consciousness

In Jayapur, Narendra Modi stressed on the power of Janshakti and tremendous results it can deliver. The Prime Minister laid a lot of emphasis on generating social consciousness and making significant achievements through the collective will of the people. Every village should celebrate its birthday or its foundation day, and all should participate in this celebration, the Prime Minister said, adding that this is the best way to end casteism.

Can we decide that we will not allow Jayapur to become dirty; can we ensure children wash hands before eating, the Prime Minister asked the large gathering, asserting that these things did not require Government intervention. He said such positive social energy can help create a model village.

Narendra Modi also called for every family in Jayapur village to celebrate the birth of every girl child as a festival. The Prime Minister added that he had a lot of plans for Varanasi which he hoped to achieve through people`s power – Janshakti.

Days after he met & addressed people of Jayapur, they reciprocated by turning the birth of a girl child into a festive occasion and planting trees. The family said that they thought of celebrating birth of the girl child after hearing the Prime Minister in Jayapur.

Making our villages Adarsh

PM Modi said that if one village developed as an Adarsh Gram, it would influence several others, and officers would also get an idea of how best to implement schemes. Espousing his vision for rural development, Narendra Modi said that we need to move from a supply driven system operated from capital cities towards a demand driven system according to the needs of the villages. Aspirations of people in rural areas are no less than that of people in urban areas and they need to be fulfilled. The Prime Minister also stressed on the importance of cleanliness and said it will go a long way in improving lives of the citizens.

“Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend,
and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

“Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”

Varanasi is the cradle of India’s glorious culture, a confluence of tradition, history, culture and harmony. This is the blessed land of the Sankat Mochan temple. The spiritual power of this land is exceptional. It drew people from all over the world, who came to this land in search of peace and Moksha. It was in Sarnath, that Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining Enlightenment. Varanasi is the birthplace of the venerable Sant Ravidas. It was in Benaras that Mahatma Kabir was born, lived and shared his wisdom. Mirza Ghalib described Benaras as ‘Kaba-E-Hindustan’ and ‘Chirag-E-Dair’ or the light of the world. When Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya had to select a place to set up a centre of learning, it was not a surprise that he chose Benaras. No mention of Varanasi is complete without remembering Ustad Bismillah Khan, arguably the greatest symbol of Ganga-JamuniTehzeeb. Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab’s love for Varanasi is legendary. I was very happy when Ustad Bismillah Khan was conferred the Bharat Ratna by Atalji in 2001.
Truly, there is something special about Varanasi and its people.


इस देवभूमि का हर निवासी अपनेअन्दर कहीं न कहीं देवत्व लिए हुए है.

For thousands of years, the ancient city of Varanasi has been a symbol of knowledge, education and culture. Varanasi is the city of Lord Shiva; he who is a linking-bridge between various cultures he who drank poison himself to save the World from evils & is known as Neelkanth.

It is believed that it is in this Varanasi where Maa Ganga’s beauty and virtues reach that highest level of piousness that even looking at the Ganges becomes a source of salvation for a person. But, today this revered Maa Ganga is struggling for its own identity. We are striving to revitalize the Ganga river and have initiated action in a multi-pronged manner to revive the holy river.


Varanasi is the biggest centre point of Ganga-Jamuna culture. Varanasi is not only regarded as the most pious city of the Hindu culture, but it also holds vital importance in Jainism and Buddhism. Gautam Buddha had delivered his first sermon here at Sarnath. It was in Varanasi only where the “Shehnaai” of Bharat Ratna Bismillah Khan kept echoing of the Hindu-Muslim “UNITY”. These are the reasons why Varanasi, today is the biggest centre of spiritual knowledge in the World.


With the blessings of Lord Vishwanath and inspired by the legacy of a glorious past, we set out to create a magnificent future for Varanasi.

We envision Varanasi as a World Heritage Site that is able to draw both devotees and those who wish to understand and absorb India’s culture. This means creating state-of-the-art tourist and infrastructure facilities for Varanasi. And it is my firm belief that once we are able to give the required impetus to tourism, it will not only bring more tourists but also enhance the livelihood of the poorest of the poor. More tourists means more income for those associated with temples, those who are living on the Ghats, those who ride the ferries on the Ganga…the entire town and surrounding areas will receive a much needed facelift.


New Delhi is the Political Capital of India and Mumbai is the Financial Capital of the Nation. On this line, I wish that Varanasi city becomes the Intellectual Capital of the country. We would want to develop Kashi in a way that will make it the centre of cultural and intellectual activities &where the stream of knowledge would continuously flow.
Truly, there is something special about Varanasi and its people.


Here, there are world famous educational institutions such as The Banaras Hindu University, The Sampurnanand Sanskrit University and The Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidhyapeeth. These institutions require constant care and up-gradation because they are not only an identity to the Banaras city, but also because they are important to ignite the light of knowledge in the entire Purvanchal, including Bhojpuri region.

Banaras city is a huge centre of tourist attraction and is also world-renowned for its handicrafts and arts. The need of the hour is that we restore the rich heritage of Varanasi. The Cottage, Handicrafts & Handloom industries in Varanasi must be revived. Employment has to be generated locally. By doing this, we would not only be providing employment to the thousands of residents of Varanasi near their homes but also bring back the lost prestige of the city.


Varanasi is the only place from where the revered Ganga is Uttar Vahini (flows towards North). It is here from where the powerful stream of the river Ganga turns directions. Thus, the start of the biggest change will also happen from Varanasi. The country is moving towards GOOD GOVERNANCE and this message initiated from the Varanasi will light a NEW HOPE in the entire country.

 
 

PM’s Visits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already visited Varanasi twice in 2014 and looks forward to his future visits. Using his visits to assess and seek feedback from all of you he has already launched a few major initiatives for everyone living here. You can learn more about the past visits and what to expect in the future by reading the listed articles below

An Ode to Madan Mohan Malviya

Whenever humanity has entered the age of knowledge, India has played the role of Vishva guru & 21st century is therefore an age of immense responsibility for India, as the world is again entering the age of knowledge.


Narendra Modi launched the Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching at the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.


Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister described the land of Kashi, as one which gave us “Shiksha Ki Sanskriti” (a culture of education). He said the education system is meant to develop a holistic humanist vision along with science and technology.



The Prime Minister said “good education” is in great demand across the world and among all sections of society. India`s youth can fulfill this global requirement of teachers, if they are trained effectively. “If a teacher goes abroad, he benefits and captures the imagination of an entire generation” opined the Prime Minister & added that Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching is a step in this direction.


Varanasi is the only place from where the revered Ganga is Uttar Vahini (flows towards North). It is here from where the powerful stream of the river Ganga turns directions. Thus, the start of the biggest change will also happen from Varanasi. The country is moving towards GOOD GOVERNANCE and this message initiated from the Varanasi will light a NEW HOPE in the entire country.


Narendra Modi unveiled the plaque of the Inter-University Centre, and launched the Campus Connect wi-fi of Banaras Hindu University.


The Prime Minister gave away prizes to six craftsmen under the YUKTI initiative. Speaking about this initiative, the Prime Minister said it will make it possible to skill our craftsmen through the use of appropriate technology interventions.


Narendra Modi launched the Varanasi Mahotsav & stated that such initiatives would help boost tourism. The PM called upon schools and educational institutions of Varanasi to develop expertise in various aspects of Varanasi`s rich culture, which would help them contribute towards drawing the attention of tourists visiting Varanasi.

Narendra Modi & Jayapur: Forging a timeless bond

Bonds forged in times of distress are often timeless and the same applies to Narendra Modi and Jayapur. Soon after he was nominated to contest Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, Narendra Modi learnt of a fire in the village and had called up & co-ordinated with officers for relief work.


After becoming the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojanawhere MPs strive for holistic development of the village along with public participation.


I come to beseech Jayapur – adopt me. Teach me how to solve the problems of villages



After selecting Jayapur for the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Narendra Modi opined that the people’s representative and people have to work together for the overall development of a village. Narendra Modi said that it is not MPs who are taking guardianship of the village under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, but villagers who were taking MPs under their wing, through this scheme. He stressed that a good public representative has a lot to learn from villagers, their wealth of experience and their insights on solving problems. He added that Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana does not mean infusing additional funds in a village, but ensuring that schemes are properly implemented, and the entire village participates in solving problems and ensuring development. Narendra Modi affirmed that he wished to remove the deficiencies that had prevented villages from progressing over the last 60 years.


Harnessing the Power of Collective Consciousness


In Jayapur, Narendra Modi stressed on the power of Janshakti and tremendous results it can deliver. The Prime Minister laid a lot of emphasis on generating social consciousness and making significant achievements through the collective will of the people. Every village should celebrate its birthday or its foundation day, and all should participate in this celebration, the Prime Minister said, adding that this is the best way to end casteism.


Can we decide that we will not allow Jayapur to become dirty; can we ensure children wash hands before eating, the Prime Minister asked the large gathering, asserting that these things did not require Government intervention. He said such positive social energy can help create a model village.

Narendra Modi also called for every family in Jayapur village to celebrate the birth of every girl child as a festival. The Prime Minister added that he had a lot of plans for Varanasi which he hoped to achieve through people`s power – Janshakti.


Days after he met & addressed people of Jayapur, they reciprocated by turning the birth of a girl child into a festive occasion and planting trees. The family said that they thought of celebrating birth of the girl child after hearing the Prime Minister in Jayapur.


Making our villages Adarsh PM Modi said that if one village developed as an Adarsh Gram, it would influence several others, and officers would also get an idea of how best to implement schemes. Espousing his vision for rural development, Narendra Modi said that we need to move from a supply driven system operated from capital cities towards a demand driven system according to the needs of the villages. Aspirations of people in rural areas are no less than that of people in urban areas and they need to be fulfilled. The Prime Minister also stressed on the importance of cleanliness and said it will go a long way in improving lives of the citizens.


A Swachh Varanasi for a Swachh Bharat

“A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019”


These were the words of PM Narendra Modi as he exhorted the citizens of India with the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission at Rajpath in New Delhi. On 2nd October 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.



The Prime Minister next visited the Varanasi on the occasion of Good Governance Day to participate in inauguration of developmental projects. He again picked up a broom and participated in a cleanliness drive at Jagannath Gali near AssiGhat. He expressed happiness at the way citizens and organisations have taken forward the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan since his last visit. He also nominated a combination of 9 prominent individuals and organisations to take forward this campaign.


By invoking people’s participation in the drive, the Swachhta Abhiyan has turned into a National Movement. A sense of responsibility has been evoked among the people through the Clean India Movement. The Prime Minister has helped spread the message of Swachh Bharat by urging people through his words & action. Understanding the significance of sanitation, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has simultaneously addressed the health problems that roughly half of the Indians families have to deal with due to lack of proper toilets in their homes.


People from different walks of life have come forward and joined this campaign for cleanliness. From sportspersons to spiritual leaders, from Army Jawans to Film Actors, from members of the business community to government officials, all have lined up to make India cleaner. Millions of people across the country have been day after day joining the cleanliness initiatives of the government departments, NGOs and local community centres to make India clean.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has become a ‘Jan Andolan’ receiving tremendous support from the people. Citizens too have turned out in large numbers and pledged for a neat and cleaner India. Taking the broom to sweep the streets, cleaning up the garbage, focussing on sanitation and maintaining a hygienic environment have become a practice after the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. People have started to take part and are helping spread the message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’

With citizens now becoming active participants in cleanliness activities across the nation, the dream of a ‘Clean India’ once seen by Mahatma Gandhi has begun to get a shape.

The Unique Connect with Varanasi & Railways


कल से मैं यहीं, DLW के परिसर में ठहरा हूँ।
चारों तरफ रेल्वे के माहौल ने मुझे मेरे बचपन से जोड़ दिया।


On his visit to Varanasi, Narendra Modi attended the commencement of expansion of Diesel Locomotive Works. The Prime Minister stayed at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), during his two-day visit to Varanasi. Staying at a Railways facility in Varanasi led to an interesting connect in Narendra Modi’s mind which took him back to childhood.




Writing candidly in the visitors` book as he concluded his visit, he remarked that the stay in DLW brought back memories of his childhood, when he had been closely associated with trains and railway stations. The Prime Minister described how he recalled the passengers and railway carriages, and how this was such an emotional experience for him. Looking ahead, Narendra Modi said that the memories of childhood would lead to new resolve and new possibilities.



“बचपन से ही मेरा नाता रेल्वे से रहा,
रेल्वे स्टेशन से रहा, रेल के डिब्बे से रहा।
कल से मैं यहीं DLW के परिसर में ठहरा हूँ। चारों तरफ रेल्वे के माहौल ने मुझे मेरे बचपन से जोड़ दिया। शायद पहली बार
पूरा समय बचपन, वो रेल के डिब्बे, वो यात्री, सबकुछ मेरी आँखों के सामने ज़िंदा हो गया।
वे यादें बहुत ही भावुक थी।
यहां सबका अपनापन बहुत भाया।
सभी कर्मयोगी भाइयों को धन्यवाद।
अब तो मुझे बार बार यहां आना होगा।
फिर बचपन की स्मृतियों के साथ नए संकल्प, संभावनाएं बनेंगी।
माँ गंगा का प्यार और आशीर्वाद हमारे देश को निर्मल बनाये, हमारी सोच को निर्मल बनाये यही प्रार्थना।”



During his visit, the PM flagged off the new high horsepower diesel locomotive & described this as an example of India`s indigenous capabilities, and an illustration of his vision of Make in India. He recalled former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri`s slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and said the slogan had inspired farmers to make India self-reliant in food production. He expressed hope that “Make in India” would inspire us to become self reliant in all our needs.


He pledged to modernize Railways and make it service-oriented, so that it could become an engine of growth for the nation. Narendra Modi said 4 rail universities would be established to ensure proper and well-trained human resource for the Railways. He said the Railways should not be seen as just a means of transport, but should become the backbone of economic development. He exhorted Railway workers to ensure that the best service in India is provided by the Indian Railways.