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"Shri Narendra Modi meets Shri Manoj Vora, the first person of Gujarati origin to scale Mount Everest"
"The meeting with Shri Modi was pleasant, inspiring and satisfactory.: Shri Manoj Vora"
"I have always respected Shri Narendra Modi: Shri Manoj Vora"

On the morning of Saturday 1st June 2013 Shri Narendra Modi met Shri Manoj Vora, the first person of Gujarati origin to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Speaking after the meeting with the Chief Minister, Shri Vora said that the meeting was very pleasant, inspiring and satisfying. Shri Vora shared that Shri Modi spoke to his family, heard a message from his parents and when his younger sister asked for an autograph, Shri Modi penned a short poem where he talked about Shri Vora’s feat. “It was out of the world, he (referring to Shri Modi) is so talented. I always respected him but it increased even more today,” Shri Vora pointed out.

Shri Vora said that Gujaratis have made a name for their advances in business but he also wanted to inspire them to climb peaks. He recalled that in 2003 he read a book called Seven Summits, which covered the experiences of Richard Bass, who scaled the seven highest peaks in the seven continents of the world in 1985. The book inspired him and he embarked on this journey to scale the Seven Summits in 2004. Finally, on 22nd May 2013, nine years after he started, Shri Vora scaled Mount Everest and thus scaled all the Seven Summits.

Hailing from a Jain, Vaniya and Vegetarian family, Shri Vora spoke about how his vegetarianism was not an impediment to scaling the peaks. He added that he has been in USA for the last 24 years but has remained a vegetarian. He said that he would remain a vegetarian for his entire life. Shri Vora pointed that it was the Namokar Mantra that kept in inspired and motivated him to scale the peaks.

In his message to the youth, Shri Vora stated that he wanted to inspire the youth to start dreaming big and work hard to realize their dreams. He urged them to help others once their own dreams are fulfilled.

 

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021
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A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.

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