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Sri Lankan leaders today appreciated PM Narendra Modi for partaking in the International Vesak Day

President Maithripala Sirisena welcomed and expressed his thanks to Prime Minister Modi for joining the celebrations in Sri Lanka.He spoke about the rich teachings of Lord Buddha and how it strengthens the society even today.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked PM Narendra Modi for being the Chief Guest at the International Vesak Day celebrations. Recalling Lord Buddha, he added that his teachings were relevant even in today’s world and showed moderate path and need to consolidate social justice. Quoting Swami Vivekananda, Mr. Wickremesinghe said, “Buddhism is the most tremendous religious movement that the world ever saw, the most gigantic spiritual wave ever to burst upon the human society.”

N Buddhashasana, Minister for Justice, Sri Lanka too thanked Prime Minister Modi for gracing the inaugural event. He said, “It bears ample testimony to your great reverence for Buddha and his teachings. Your Excellency Narendra Modi, for us in Sri Lanka, you are one of ours. I am confident that our assembling today and in the next few days would undoubtedly strengthen the bond of our brotherhood, unity and inter-religious harmony.”

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PM releases cultural videos marking Gandhi@150
October 19, 2019
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In an event organized at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, released four cultural videos marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The event was attended by the members of the Indian film and entertainment industry including Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Rajkumar Hirani, Kangana Ranaut, Anand L Rai, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sonam Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sonu Nigam, Ekta Kapoor, members of Tarak Mehta group, ETV group.

In an interactive session, Prime Minister thanked the creative heads and contributors for taking time out of their busy schedule for paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, at his personal request.

Prime Minister urged the film and entertainment industry to channelize its energy to make entertaining, inspiring creatives that can motivate the ordinary citizens. He reminded them of their immense potential and their ability to bring about positive transformation in the society.

Gandhi, the thought that connects the world

Highlighting the impact of Mahatma Gandhi in the present day, PM said that if there is one thought, one person, who can establish a connect with people all over the world, it is Gandhiji.

Recalling the Einstein challenge proposed by him, Prime Minister urged the film fraternity to use the marvel of technology to bring Gandhian thought to the forefront.

Impact and potential of Indian Entertainment industry

Prime Minister recalled his interaction with Chinese President in Mamallapuram, wherein the President had highlighted the popularity of Indian films like Dangal in China. He also mentioned about the popularity of Ramayana in South East Asia.

He further exhorted the film fraternity to utilize their soft power potential to promote tourism in India.

Future Roadmap

Prime Minister outlined that India is going to celebrate the 75th anniversary its independence in 2022. In this regard, he requested the gathering to showcase the inspiring stories of India’s freedom struggle from 1857 to 1947 and India’s growth story from 1947 to 2022. He also underlined the plan to host an Annual International Entertainment Summit in India.

Cinestars praise PM

In an interactive session with the Prime Minister, actor Aamir Khan thanked the Prime Minister for igniting the idea of contributing towards the cause of propagation of Mahatma Gandhi’s message to the world.

Noted film director Rajkumar Hirani pointed out that the video released today is one of many coming out with the theme of ‘Change Within’. He thanked the Prime Minister for his contstant inspiration, guidance and support.

Thanking the Prime Minister for creating a platform for all the film fraternity to come together and work towards a cause, Shahrukh Khan said that such initiatives will re-introduce the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi by presenting Gandhi 2.0 to the whole world.

Acclaimed film maker, Anand L Rai thanked PM for making the entertainment industry realize its potential towards nation building.

Prime Minister assured the film fraternity of all the support from his government for the overall development of the entertainment industry.

The videos, centering on the theme of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi were conceptualized and created by Rajkumar Hirani, ETV group, Tarak Mehta group and Ministry of Culture, Government of India.