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Bharat Mata ki Jay..! Bharat Mata ki Jay..!

Today is Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s death anniversary. I will say, “Sardar Patel”, you all shall say - “Amar Rahe…”

Sardar Patel… Amar rahe..! Sardar Patel… Amar rahe..!

National President of Bhartiya Janata Party and our respected guide Sri Rajnath Singh Ji, President of the state, Sri Tirath Ji, Former CM of the sate Shri Bhuvan Chandra Ji, Shri Bhagat Singh Ji, Sri Ramesh Ji, All the senior members of the party present on the dias and all my friends of this holy land assembled here in such a large number..!

I bow down to this land of Gods and salute the people who have kept intact the purity of this place. Friends, I did not feel like giving time for Dehradun rally. That time of crisis, the sufferers, the disaster, it has been almost six months, but that scene does not wash away from my mind..! What hurts me the most is that how politics can be so heartless that someone can’t share the sufferings of his own people, can’t wipe their tears..!

Friends, I rushed here in that moment of crisis, but political ruthlessness drove me away from here. That pain, the agony, the suffering still makes me tremble..! I keep worrying that the difficult weather is about to begin, how will the affected families thrive amidst the snow..! Friends, we have seen this, Gujarat was fighting under the blanket of death, but at that time whoever extended an arm to us for help, we immediately hugged them that please come, we are in a crisis, help us in any way you can..! We took help from everyone, Uttarakhand also helped us, even Pakistan helped us and we accepted their help..! If at the time of a tragedy if the shadows of politics increase the suffering of the victims, then humanity asks for answers. Because of it, there is always a burden on the soul..!

Friends, I also have a special connection with this land. I was an in-charge here; I have had an attachment with the Himalayas. The authenticity, purity, immaculacy and their way of living like the Ganga touched me since childhood. And being an in-charge, I stayed with you for quite some time and have learnt a lot. This land has given me a lot. May God give me the strength, and you all shall bless me so that I can at least give back a bit of what I have got from you..!

Friends, whether the government is in Delhi or in Dehradun, these are the people who are disconnected from the public, and immune at heart. I am amazed that the kind of strength Dehradun government is using on Baba Ramdev, if they had used even half of it to serve the victims, then their condition would have been far better..! I still can’t understand, what is the political thought process of Congress that Baba Ramdev has become a pain for them..? He asks people to breathe and congress gets breathless..! He is devoting his life for the health of people, for the health of the nation, but there is not a single day when a new case is not being filed on him..!

Full Speech: Shri Narendra Modi at Shankhnaad Rally, Dehradun

Friends, you tell me, is it Democracy..? Is this treatment justified..? Many of our party people like Bhuvan Chandra Ji, Bhagat Singh Ji, Ramesh ji have had governed Uttarakhand, but have they ever bothered or troubled any Congress men..? Are these their etiquettes..? Will it be the condition of democracy..? Friends, when in any state such activities take place, the state gets economic benefits, it gets consciousness, new generation thrives, the state benefits a lot, but these people want to lock everything down so that their business keeps operational..!

Friends, we all are indebted to Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji that he gave us Uttarakhand and see how fortunate we are that he gave us Uttarakhand when Rajnath Ji was the Chief Minister. At that time, when Uttarakhand was formed it went in the hands of Congress. But even after that, look at his patriotism, his love for the society..! He did not think that here is Congress’s governance, let them do whatever they want to, let whatever happens happen..! He thought Uttarakhand is also our, and gave it a ten year package and did not care about whose government it is. And what did they do? They just wiped off everything in ten years. Factories were being set up, even people from Gujarat set up factories here, the youth is being employed but I am surprised that UPA government took away the facilities that Atal Ji gave to you..!

Friends, for people in governance, there are no friends and foes, everyone is their own..! But friends, I have heard one thing many a times here, whenever I have come here, I have heard this phrase which people used to say, Modi Ji, this is not Gujarat..! People used to say to me when I worked here that you do not know the mountains, the water and the youth here, it serves no purpose for us. But now the time has changed, today science can use the water for the mountains and the youth can fill these mountains with happiness. Friends, with so much water in the mountains, the country remains dark, what is the reason for this..? Hydro-electric projects can convert the water in energy, and energy can become the strength of not only the mountains but of the entire nation, and this can be done. But these people, they neither have the time nor any vision for it, nor do they want to do it..! They want that the people should remain poor and weak so that their governments remain in power..!

Friends, today the youth of the mountains are bound to leave such beautiful weather and clean surroundings and migrate to the slums of the urban areas. Why do the youth need to leave their old parents and go? There are many nations in the world who have taken their nation to entirely a different level just through tourism..! Friends this is a land where 125 crore populace of India wants to come at least once in their lifetime..! Every youngster dreams to take his parents to Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri once. You can imagine, I am talking just in economic terms, do not take me wrong. If I talk in terms of economy then a market of 125 crore tourists is waiting for uttarkhand. You can understand that how huge an opportunity is in front of you. Why this is not being turned into reality, why is everything just left to the destiny..? Friends, in the entire world, tourism is the fastest growing sector. Business opportunity of almost 3 trillion dollar lies in the tourism business. It is belief of Indians and the people of entire world who are fed of materialism and searching for peace, they are also looking for place in this land. Not only India, but we can get people from across the world to bow down to Uttarakhand..!

Full Speech: Shri Narendra Modi at Shankhnaad Rally, Dehradun

Friends, those of you who practice the concept of progress, I urge to all of you. Remember the Mecca of 30 years before. There were very limited number of people, the facilities were average, but in last 30-40 years, Mecca has been developed as place where the highest number of pilgrims in the world visits. Billions and trillions are being made there. For every Indian, this is such a holy place and if facilities are developed here accordingly, then Uttarakhand will reach places..! Should every state of India not be connected to this place by rail? If direct trains from Kerela, Chennai, Ahmadabad are available to Uttarakhand, then you only tell me, will this place not be packed with tourists..? Will the economic facilities here improve or not..? But they do not understand this. They feel that from every corner of India trains should come to Delhi, but when people want to come to Uttarakhand then why should not be Uttarakhand connected..! If we work a bit on the facilities, and take care of the Indian tourists who are of accustomed to travel in problems, then the results can be huge..!

Friends, for the industrial development of India, SEZs were visualized and developed. SEZ stands for Special Economic Zone. I would say that Uttarakhand is a SEZ since centuries, and my definition of SEZ is Spiritual Environment Zone, this is a zone of spiritual environment. Focusing on that, those who come in the search of spirituality, we can attract them by making this land a heaven on earth.

Friends, the world is constricting every day. I say that, “terrorism divides, tourism unites”..! There is so much scope for adventure tourism. Do we have schools for adventure tourism..? Can’t they be developed..? When the time changes in entire India, then can’t camps be organized in villages of India to bring youngsters in adventure tourism..? Thrice the population of this place can come here for adventure tourism for three months..! Will there be a need to go outside to earn living..?

Friends, the way Uttarakhand is a spiritual environment zone, there is another SEZ character here. This is a land that strengthens the defense of India..! Every family, every village here has a tradition of producing soldiers who can die for the nation. But why men of Garhwal and Kumaon from Uttarakhand should only serve as common soldiers..? Till when will it continue..? Men from Garhwal and Kumaon, can they get officer ranks or not..? Can they join defence forces as officers or not..? Today the army is short of officers, there are many vacancies, and at a place where people have the character of bravery, can’t schools and universities to prepare officers be opened..? If the youth of this state, after passing out from those schools and universities are admitted directly in army, navy or air force, so won’t they be able to become officers..? There can be a huge change in the living standard of this land. But the Delhi government is unable to understand this. There are a very few of people of Gujarat in defence services, not many people from Gujarat join police, and hardly any are there in forces, but still, to motivate the new generation we thought that we have 1600 kms of seashore, Pakistan in the neighborhood, we have a desert, we should prepare to stand on our feet and we established Raksha Shakti University and those people who wanted to serve the nation in uniform, we are preparing them after tenth standard. The state that does not have this trait, if this can be done there, then Uttarakhand has courage and bravery running in its veins. People here have the tradition of serving the nation joining the army. Can’t we arrange this for their lives..?

Friends, in the Ramayana when Lakshman ji got unconscious, Shri Rama asked Hanuman Ji to get medicinal herbs from the Himalayas. Hanuman ji got those herbs from Himalayas and treated Laksman in the south. Himalaya is a huge depositary of medicinal herbs..! Where there is such a huge stock of medicinal herbs, can’t we start industries for production of medicines? Can’t we develop research institutes..? China is exporting more herbal medicines than us. We have great Himalayas with us which has unfathomable reserves of herbs, we have traditional knowledge also, but even after that the youth is unemployed, medicines are not being manufactured and medicines are not supplied to those who need it, it can’t be worse than this..!

Friends, in this area the women support the families the most. Whether you go to any family, the women are involved in some or the other economic activities. This is the specialty of the mountains that women play a great role in leading a life here. Can’t we improve the economic condition of Uttarakhand by involving women in handicraft sector etc. by skill development? But, in the mind of people in Delhi, there is no concern about public welfare..! What has to be done for their good, what areas should be touched, how to move ahead, it is not their concern and all of us can see the result..!

Friends, we should think of new things in new ways..! I am seeing that youngsters come to Gujarat to make living, they work hard honestly. I asked a company to conduct a pilot project. I will look after the legal proceedings but you conduct this project and analyze that the people who come from outside, they work how many hours in a day, in a week and accordingly evaluate that how much output a person gives at the end of one month and you should give them their monthly tasks based on it. Then let them do that work in whatever time they take. If that person finishes his annual goals in six months then give him paid leave for six month so that he can go to his place and plough his fields, spend time with his family. In this way he can develop economy in agriculture for six months and for six months they will work in the factory. Friends, such a project was conducted at one place and it was highly successful. All the youngsters are very happy. They come just to work and work for 8 to 12 hours instead of 4 hours and save leaves, and go to work in their fields once their work is done and in this way they can look after both their homes and work..!

Friends, why don’t we work to develop new systems with new vision for our youngsters..? So, today when I have come here I have come with this point that it is our onus that we do not sit with our hands tied that the life in the mountains is such only, God has given us birth here only, we have to live like this only… Friends, this approach will not work. We have to change lives, become self dependant. Friends, I believe that what God has given you, there can’t be anything better to change the circumstances, there should just be a new hope, a new vision, a new zeal, new dreams and new resolution. And I believe that if with this belief we resolve to take Uttarakhand ahead, we will be able to do it..!

Friends, the arrogance of Congress party is touching the seventh skies, they do not care. You must have seen, yesterday a Congress leader conducted a press conference and he was preaching on Lokpal like a great preacher. I would like to ask them from the bank of Ganges and from this holy land that if you understand the importance of Lokpal so well and if you want to bring an end to corruption, and you are giving a great message to the nation, then in Uttarakhand, in the government of Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, an essential decision Lokpal regulation was formulated, which Anna Hazare ji read and applauded Khanduri Ji. If you find Lokpal so dear, and find it to be the only means of fighting corruption, then why your party did not allow it to be enforced in Uttarkhand..?

Friends, they are fooling people of the nation. If the same thing we would have done, then media would have excavated that BJP leader did this here. Now someone please ask them some questions as well..!

Friends, recently elections have been held in five states and the direction of the wind is clear. The people of India have started the auspicious mission of Congress free India. Four states have initiated and in the coming days what these four states have done will be repeated everywhere, and this is clearly visible everywhere. I will like to bring attention of all the people of Uttarakhand to a point. At the time of Atal Ji, three states were formed, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. It is the need of the hour that the economists and political pundits of India analyze these states for last 13 years. Friends, I can say that the people of Chhattisgarh took a very smart decision and repeatedly got BJP in power. And today Chhattisgarh is progressing rapidly and is in race of progressing states of India, while Jharkhand and Uttarkhand got left back, because people changed the government again and again. Governments changed, leaders changed and instability strived and because of this, Uttarakhand is suffering a lot..!

Friends, you have experimented a lot, now believe us just once..! Trust Bhartiya Janata Party once. I give you the confidence that your dreams will be our commitments, your wishes will be our ideals and your needs will be our responsibility. The Uttarakhand, which is there in every Indian’s heart, we will join you in the dream of taking this Uttarakhand to a new height. Friends, I have worked on this land for elections and organization, but I have never seen such a scene..! I can see that many a people are standing at the other side of the road as well, I can see just heads till the end of my sight. I am very thankful to the people of Uttarakhand that even after your state of suffering, you have extended so much love and support to us, and it can’t be forgotten ever..!

All of you, say along with me,

Bharat Mata ki Jay..!

Raise both your hand and say with full strength,

Bharat Mata ki Jay..! Bharat Mata ki Jay..!

Vande Matram..! Vande Matram..! Vande Matram..!

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Excellency, President of the General Assembly,

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Namaste

I thank the President of the General Assembly for organising this High-Level Dialogue.

Land is the fundamental building block for supporting all lives and livelihoods. And, all of us understand that the web of life functions as an inter-connected system. Sadly, land degradation affects over two-thirds of the world today. If left unchecked, it will erode the very foundations of our societies, economies, food security, health, safety and quality of life. Therefore, we have to reduce the tremendous pressure on land and its resources. Clearly, a lot of work lies ahead of us. But we can do it. We can do it together.

Mr. President,

In India, we have always given importance to land and considered the sacred Earth as our mother. India has taken the lead to highlight land degradation issues at international forums. The Delhi Declaration of 2019 called for better access and stewardship over land, and emphasised gender-sensitive transformative projects. In India, over the last 10 years, around 3 million hectares of forest cover has been added. This has enhanced the combined forest cover to almost one-fourth of the country's total area.

We are on track to achieve our national commitment of Land degradation neutrality. We are also working towards restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. This would contribute to India's commitment to achieve an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

We believe that restoration of land can start a virtuous cycle of good soil health, increased land productivity, food security and improved livelihoods. In many parts of India, we have taken up some novel approaches. To give just one example, the Banni region in Rann of Kutch in Gujarat suffers from highly degraded land and receives very little rainfall. In that region, land restoration is done by developing grasslands, which helps in achieving land degradation neutrality.  It also supports pastoral activities and livelihood by promoting animal husbandry. In the same spirit, we need to devise effective strategies for land restoration while promoting indigenous techniques.

Mr. President,

Land degradation poses a special challenge to the developing world. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, India is assisting fellow developing countries to develop land restoration strategies. A Centre of Excellence is being set up in India to promote a scientific approach towards land degradation issues.

Mr. President,

It is mankind's collective responsibility to reverse the damage to land caused by human activity. It is our sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for our future generations. For their sake and ours, I extend my best wishes for productive deliberations at this High-Level Dialogue.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.