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Place :Ahmedabad Speech Date :1-05-2011

  • What a great collective strength we have- twelve crore arms with six crore dreams-what all can be achieved through this,we have experienced during Golden Jubilee year.
  • Today, there is not a single Tribal taluka without Higher Secondary School with science stream
  • Wherever there is a discussion about development, Gujarat takes the centre stage and the discussion about growth always revolves around the growth in Gujarat You have used every constitutional authority of India to torture Modi. You are free to continue doing it- Modi will neither deter nor duck
  • come let's lift up Gujarat to surpass newer horizons of progress and development, let us strive for the wellbeing of the poor, the downtrodden, the tribal people
 

 

Respected Her Excellency the Governor of Gujarat Dr. Kamalaji, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mr.Arun Jaitlyji, my fellow Ministers, MPs and MLAs, Government Officials and the large gathering of people who have arrived here on the occasion of Gujarat Foundation Dayand the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, I welcome all of you from the depth of my heart. I congratulate the organizers of this event because last year we had organized the event on 1st May and such a large number of people turned up that many of them had to return without attending the function, an atmosphere of disappointment was created, friends from media also had to suffer. This year we have tried to correct that mistake and organised the programme for 2 days so that none of the invitees for today had to return disappointed and those invited for tomorrow too will get a smooth entry. So we organised the function for two days hence I compliment the organizing team, that the citizens did not face any inconvenience this time.

Brothers and sisters, this is the closing ceremony of Golden Jubilee year and the entire spectrum of programmes we witnessed this year, the way we participated in each of them; as if it became an occasion of manifesting the people’s power of six crore citizens of Gujarat during a span of one year. What a great collective strength we have- twelve crore arms, six crore dreams-what all can be achieved through this,we have experienced during this Golden Jubilee year. Look at the number of world records we have established- this is the realization of Jan shakti, the power of the people. Along with these celebrations something more happened, something that would cause any other state government of India to feel jealous about and wonder how things happen in Gujarat ! This happening is the way in which more than 5 lakh KarmaYogis in my state right, from a peon to the Chief Secretary, have worked so hard for public cause and public welfare as well as developmental works in just 1 year, which would have otherwise taken about 10 years. My 5 lakh karma yogi brethren have achieved such targets in one year which could have normally used up about 2 to 3 budgets; and have dedicated a lot many achievements at the feet of the people of Gujarat. I take this opportunity to congratulate these karma yogi brothers and sisters from the depth of my heart. My faith in them has strengthened further after seeing their potential and I feel that this year has laid the foundation stone of a Golden Era. Today, while the Swarnim Jayanti concludes, it has marked the beginning of a Golden Era and that is why I say that if more than 5 lakh government employees dedicate themselves to their work so earnestly, any government in India will be jealous of us. But I declare with pride that I have 11 lakh arms which are firm and determined to work for the welfare of the people of Gujarat.

Brothers and sisters, today we have released two books , I would like to draw your attention to the one which is in 3 volumes. Let me mention here, some people have a habit of remembering Modi day and night. They don’t mind forgetting Gujarat, but they would never forget Modi. If they do not mention Modi 108 times during a 2 hour programme (like chanting names with rosary) they do not feel that they have done enough. I want to draw the attention of those who are in the habit of criticising Gujarat, throwing brickbats at this government, towards the generosity of this government. I want to show them the historical importance we attach to last 50 years. Every year the Governor addresses the State Assembly which gives an account of activities and achievements of the government. In these 3 volumes, we have published the addresses by the Governors in the State Assembly in last 50 years, since 1960. This illustrates how large hearted we are. We could have published addresses of only those years during which B. J. P was ruling the state, but we didn’t do that. When we started the Swarnim Jayanti Rathyatra, we began from Amreli the birth place of Jivraj Mehta, the first CM of Gujarat and we have been saying at various occasions in public that whatever Gujarat has attained today, we owe it to the collective efforts of a lot many people who contributed their bit, to all the governments so far and all the Chief Ministers who led the state. This is not only because of Narendra Modi alone, this is not the achievement of just one Government; this is the result of the toil of all governments in last 50 years. We know how to be large hearted and at the same time we also know how to put across our point strongly. And the people of Gujarat know us well. The people have absolutely no doubt as to what our intentions are, what our aims are and the way we think.

Brothers and sisters, for whatsoever time I keep awake during 24 hours, I not think of anything else except Gujarat. I want to change the fate of my 6 Crore brothers and sisters- this is the sole thought and all efforts are in this direction. Today, in India, wherever there is a discussion about development, Gujarat takes the centre stage and the discussion about growth always revolves around the growth in Gujarat. Recently, our Prime Minister had been to West Bengal campaigning for elections. The way he criticized the West Bengal government is quite interesting. Criticizing the West Bengal Government he said that the Muslims in West Bengal cannot earn their daily bread, compared to them, those in Gujarat are in a much better situation. This speech is by none other than the Prime Minister himself and it was given just a week ago. Friends, whether or not Gujarat gets a certificate from anyone, what is important is that the truth always comes to the fore. I want development of Gujarat to scale newer heights. All my Gujarati brothers spread across the world have further strengthened their ties with Gujarat on the occasion of this Swarnim Jayanti. These sons of Gujarat, whose forefathers had left Gujarat about a 100 years ago, have reconnected themselves with Gujarat; the occasion of Swarnim Jayanti has reunited everyone. In every area of development, Gujarat has emerged with renewed strength. Friends, you will be stunned to know that those who boast of development did not even start a science stream higher secondary school in Tribal areas. When I came in the government I was shocked to know this- how could the tribal children become doctors and engineers without a science stream school ! And within a year we took decided for this. Today, there is not a single Tribal taluka without Higher Secondary School with science stream. Couldn’t these people work in this direction? Friends, there has to be a limit to greed. I had kept mum till now, we had tried our best to take along everyone with us for Swarnim Jayanti celebrations. But since 1st May last year, those who tried to earn a political mileage over the occasion of Swarnim Jayanti, those who have not co-operated during Swarnim Jayanti celebrations, I give a call to the people of Gujarat, all those who have disown these celebrations, opposed them , tried to create hurdles are all opponents of Gujarat and never ever forgive them for this conduct of theirs. There are thousands of occasions to criticize Modi, there are scores of opportunities to harass Modi and what not do you have? You have used every constitutional authority of India to torture Modi. You are free to continue doing it- Modi will neither deter nor duck. You may continue to torment Modi but atleast you could have behaved on this occasion- Gujarat was celebrating 50 years, it was not a celebration of Narendra Modi nor was it about his government. And one could have still understood had there been political oppose. But the kind of perverseness they have displayed- friends, never pardon them. I kept quite last year, I didn’t utter a word throughout the year but today on the conclusion of the Swarnim Jayanti it is my duty to speak the truth and I am putting forth the truth to the people of Gujarat. Friends, my only mantra is Development. I am neither interested in debates nor in disagreements. I want to take Gujarat to newer heights and to such heights that all the problems of the poor are resolved, every village prospers, every nook and corner of the state gets the benefit of development. Friends this is what we are striving for, we are immersed in it; we have dedicated ourselves fully for it.

Brothers and Sisters, no other Government in India has witnessed the dirty manipulation of democracy the way it is being played against Gujarat today. In forth coming days, I am going to combat it out with full force. On this occasion of Swarnim Jayanti conclusion, I seek your blessings for the same, please bless me. Tolerating injustice is a crime too. But now Gujarat will not tolerate oppression any more. How long will you bear the victimization? How long will you continue to these tactics to attain your own selfish political gains? This is Democracy my friends, better they go to the masses, go and convince them, try to earn their trust - but no, they do not want to do that. They do not want to do anything except shouting false allegations and misusing constitutional authorities. And so my friends, it is the need of the day to raise 12 Crore determined hands to resolve to think of nothing else but the welfare of our state; come let’s lift up Gujarat to surpass newer horizons of progress and development, let us strive for the wellbeing of the poor, the downtrodden, the tribals; let us create a safe and secure environment for our sisters and mothers We have to fulfill these dreams. Today, when we leave from here, while we are concluding the Swarnim Jayanti, let us strive to give our best for Golden Era. With these hopes and aspirations I convey my Best Wishes on this occasion. And I promise you, my friends, to do my best until my last breath to live up to your expectations, to live upto the faith you have put in me. It is your faith in me that has made me win, it is your faith that energizes me to work hard, it is the grace of your blessings that I am dedicated to Gujarat. I request you to continue to shower your incessant blessings on me. I am highly grateful to Her Excellency to have been kind enough to grace this occasion, who has always been guiding us, inspiring us and I am sure under her guidance we will lead Gujarat to new pinnacles of progress. Hearty congratulations to all of you and best compliments.

Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat..!

Jai Jai Swarnim Gujarat..!

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Baba Saheb Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage: PM
We have to give opportunities to the youth according to their potential. Our efforts towards this is the only tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar: PM

Namaskar!

Present with me in this programme, Gujarat Governor Acharya Shri Dev Vrat ji, the country’s Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani ji, Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Singh ji, Chairman of UGC Prof. D.P.Singh ji, Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ami Upadhyay ji, Association of Indian Universities President Prof. Taj Pratap ji, all dignitaries and friends.

Today when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the occasion of Babasaheb Ambedkar ji's birth anniversary also connects us with that great yagna and also with the inspiration of the future. On behalf of the grateful nation and all the countrymen, I pay my respectful homage to Babasaheb.

Friends,

During the freedom struggle, millions and millions of our freedom fighters dreamt of a harmonious and inclusive India. Babasaheb made the beginning in realizing those dreams in the form of the Constitution to the country. Today India is creating a new future and achieving new dimensions of success by following the same Constitution.

Friends,

Today, the 95th meeting of the Vice Chancellors of Association of Indian Universities is taking place on this auspicious day. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University has announced the establishment of 'Babasaheb Samarasta Chair'. The four books written by Shri Kishore Makwana ji have also been released on Babasaheb's life, his thoughts and ideals. I congratulate all the dignitaries involved in these efforts.

Friends,

India has been the mother of democracy in the world. Democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage. When we read and understand Babasaheb, we realize that he was a person of universal vision.

There is a clear vision of Babasaheb's philosophy in Shri Kishore Makwana ji's books. While one of his books introduces Babasaheb’s “Jeevan Darshan” (philosophy of life), the other focuses on “Vyakti Darshan” (individual philosophy). Similarly, the third book highlights Babasaheb's “Rashtra Darshan” (national philosophy), whereas the fourth book “Aayam Darshan” will introduce his philosophy of dimension to the countrymen.  These four philosophies are no less than modern scriptures in themselves.

I would like our new generation in colleges and universities to read more and more of such books. All these dimensions, whether it is the inclusive society, the concern for the rights of the Dalit-deprived society, the question of upliftment and contribution of women, or Babasaheb's vision on education and especially on higher education, will offer an opportunity to the youth of the country to understand Babasaheb.

Friends,

Doctor Ambedkar would say:

"My three revered deities are -- Knowledge, self-respect and politeness.” Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, social harmony emerges and the country progresses.

We are all familiar with Babasaheb's struggles of life. The position that Babasaheb reached after so many struggles is a great inspiration for all of us. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb Ambedkar. And when it is the issue of common goals and shared efforts as a nation, collective efforts become the means of accomplishment.

Therefore, I think the role of Association of Indian Universities becomes very important. AIU also has the legacy of scholars like Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ji, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Smt. Hansa Mehta and Dr. Zakir Hussain.

Dr. Radhakrishnan ji would say: “The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature”.

It implies that education should be such which should liberate the person, so that he can think openly, and make something new with a new thinking. He believed that we should develop our education management as a unit of the entire world. But at the same time, he emphasized the Indian character of education. This becomes even more important in the global scenario today.

Here special issues were released on the new 'National Education Policy' and plan for its implementation. These issues are detailed documents how National Education Policy is a futuristic policy, a policy of global parameters. You all scholars are familiar with the nuances of the National Education Policy. The purpose of education that Dr. Radhakrishnan ji spoke about is reflected in the core of this policy.

I am told that this time the theme of the seminar is - 'Implementing National Educational Policy-2020 to Transforming Higher Education in India'. All of you deserve congratulations for this.

I have been constantly discussing NEP with experts. National Education Policy is as practical as its implementation.

Friends,

You have dedicated your entire life to education. You all know very well that every student has his own capability and capacity. Based on these capabilities, students and teachers also have three questions.

First: What can they do?

Second: What is their potential if they are properly taught?

And, third, what they want to do?

What a student can do is his inner strength. But if we add institutional strength to his inner strength, his development becomes expansive. With this combination, our youth can do what they want to do. Therefore, the country’s special emphasis is on skill development. As the country is moving ahead with the mission of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat, the role and demand of skilled youths is also increasing.

Friends,

In view of the strength of skills, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had placed greater emphasis on the collaboration of educational institutions and industries decades ago. Today, the country has immense opportunities, and there are new industries of modern times. India is being looked upon as a future centre of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, Robotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcare and defence sector. The country is taking huge steps to meet these requirements.

Indian Institutes of Skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. The first batch of the Indian Institute of Skills has already started in Mumbai a few months ago in December. The Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM in 2018. This initiative offers training in more than 150 skill sets in 10 emerging technologies.

Friends,

The new National Policy on Education also provides for NETF which emphasizes the maximum use of technology in education. We want all universities to be multi-disciplinary. We want to give flexibility to students so that they can complete courses anywhere easily through the easy entry-exit and Academic Bank of Credit. Every university in the country will have to work together to achieve all these goals. All the Vice Chancellors have to pay special attention to this.

A huge skill pool will be created in our universities for the new possibilities that we can create in the country. All of you are requested to work in this direction more expeditiously and the work should be completed within a stipulated time.

Friends,

The country is rapidly transforming the lives of the poor, Dalits, the victims, the exploited and the deprived following the footsteps of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Babasaheb talked about equal opportunities and equal rights. Today, schemes like Jan Dhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts.  The BHIM UPI that was launched for the digital economy has become a great strength for the poor today. Today, every poor person is getting a house and free electricity connection. Similarly, work is in the progress to provide clean water to villages under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

When there was a corona crisis, the country stood up for the poor and the labourers. There is no discrimination among the poor and the rich in the world's largest vaccination program. This is the path shown by Babasaheb and these are his ideals.

Friends,

Babasaheb always emphasized on women empowerment and made many efforts in this direction. It is with this vision that the country is giving new opportunities to its daughters today. From toilets at home and schools to combat roles in the army, women are at the centre of every policy of the country today.

Similarly, the country is working to spread Babasaheb's message to the people. The places associated with Babasaheb are being developed as Panch Teerth.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to dedicate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre. Today, this Centre is emerging as a centre of research on social and economic issues and on Babasaheb's life.

Friends,

Today, we are close to 75 years of independence, and we have goals for the next 25 years. The country’s future, the future goals and successes of the country are linked to our youth. It is our youth who will fulfill these resolutions. We have to give opportunities to the youth of the country to the best of their ability.

I am confident that our collective resolve and conscious efforts of the education world will realise this dream of a New India.

Our efforts and the hard work will be our tribute to Babasaheb.

With these good wishes, I once again thank you all very much. I wish you all the very best on Navratri. I also extend my special greetings on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Many thanks.