The Supreme Court appointed SIT (The special Investigating Team) and its marathon inquiry lasting till one in the morning has naturally worried you. I have, in all humility, tried to respect the law of our great land and endeavored to respect the supremacy of the law by my behavior.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your good feelings and concerns that you showed for me during the difficult moments of yesterday. May the God, after this event, instill further strength in me.
Thank you all once again.
I would like to convey to you friends, some thoughts about our ‘Talibans of Public life’ as they are of importance to our nation. A great artist with legendry humility and even taller achievements like Shri Amitabh Bachchan who has chosen to celebrate the glorious heritage of Gujarat and her ‘asmita’ even while facing a lot of criticisms from many quarters is an inspiring matter. The love of Amitabh Bachhan for Gujarat is being dragged in to controversy. Respected Mahatma Gandhi had worked ceaselessly for the removal of untouchability from our social life during his life time. But these people, while brandishing Mahatama Gandhi’s name, are, in fact busy creating a new viciousness in the flow of our public life. The anti-Gujarat game plan behind the opposition and controversy to Shri Amitabh Bachchan stands exposed in broad daylight now. These ‘Talibans of Untouchability’ have lost all their sensibilities in their pursuit of anti-Gujarat attitudes. They may well in future tell us not to eat salt even. They may even ban the eating of Amul butter and milk and order our young people not to wear denim jeans! And guess why? Because Gujarat produces these things.
Friends, my heart is still unwilling to believe that these Talibans are unaware of the damage they are causing to this nation and to our society.
Friends, now is the time to recognize with crystal clarity these Talibans, who are busy introducing a new untouchability in our public life.
Friends, I would like to convey to these Talibans a couplet of my own poem:
The one who loves my Gujarat, Is my soul.
The one who loves my India, Is my God.