Narendra Modi calls for promotion of Sanskrit language and rich knowledge and culture buried in ancient texts

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for research in synthesis of priceless Sanskrit language with modern science and promotion of the ancient treasure buried in the past for the welfare of the society.

Speaking at a function to mark presentation of awards to Sanskrit scholars at Gandhinagar, he said that Sanskrit is one of the richest languages of the world. It has the inherent strength for emotional integration of people and influence the society. Sanskrit is the most scientific and computer savvy language for transliteration.

He said that Government of Gujarat has undertaken several steps for greater application of Sanskrit. This cultural function is one of such steps.

Mr. Modi said a treasure trove of scriptures and valuables documents written in Sanskrit remain buried due to 1,200 years of slavery. The language developed 1,200 years earlier still holds good. He said that Vedic Mathematics finds acceptance in modern Europe, but so-called secularists in India feel ashamed of chanting Sanskrit. Our seers, saints and ancestors have compiled and collated priceless knowledge of the Vedic period about the then lifestyle and its link with economic activities. It is high time we should dig them out.

He said that Sanskrit has the power of synthesis of ancient and modern sciences. Astrology of the Vedic period is widely accepted as part of Sanskrit literature even today. The concept of space, universe and planets were defined thousands of years earlier but is still valid. Sanskrit and archaeology have also a close link.

A grand cultural programme in Sanskrit on the occasion of Asadhasya Pratham Divase, Tridalam-2012, was jointly organized by Gujarat Government’s Sanskrit Sahitya Academy and Sanskrit Bharati.

The Chief Minister presented ‘Sanskrit Gaurav Puraskar’ to Jayanand Dayalji Shukla, Bhagwatlal Bhanuprasad Shuklaand Indravadan Bhanushankar Bhatt, besides Lakshmesh Vallabhji Joshi and Mihir Pradeep Upadhyay were honoured with Gaurav Pursalar of Rs. one lakh and Rs.50,000 respectively.

Earlier, Youth Services & Cultural Activities Secretary Bhagyesh Jha presented a detailed account of different schemes of the government for the promotion and publicity of Sanskrit language and rich literature in the state. Somnath Sanskrit University Vice-Chancellor Vempatty Kutumbshastri also had a word of praise.

Prominent among those present there include Cultural Activities Minister Fakir Vaghela, Gandhinagar Guardian Minister Jaysinhji Chauhan and Shri Girishbhai Thakar.

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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.