Honouring India’s Greats

Published By : Admin | March 22, 2019 | 14:13 IST

It was a momentous occasion when on the banks of river Thames, during his visit to U.K., Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of the highly revered saint, Bhagwan Basaveshwara, in 2015. The icon from India's rich tradition of social reform movements, Bhagwan Basaveshwara from Karnataka has been hailed by PM Modi for his efforts to uphold the values of democracy, social consciousness and women empowerment as long back as the 12th century, much before the rest of the world.

It was a clear departure from the past, wherein members of only one family were given prominence while other national icons were sidelined and systematically pushed out of national consciousness.

Since his coming to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has undone the years of neglect and brought the legacy of our legends to the forefront. This is line with the government’s motto of keeping ‘India First’ over any party, ideology or family. The Modi government has ensured institutional support to the cause so that it does not get overturned with the change in government.

The Architect of Constitution of India: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar:

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was one of the builders of Modern India. His contribution to India’s political thought has been unparalleled. However, he was not given his due with his legacy being completely abandoned by successive Congress governments. Correcting the historical wrongs, the Modi government took the historic decision of developing places of historical importance that were closely related to Dr. Ambedkar’s life as ‘Pancha Teerthas’:

• His birthplace in Mhow
• Place in London where he stayed while studying in the UK
• Deeksha Bhoomi in Nagpur
• Mahaparinirvan Sthal in Delhi
• Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai

This was the first of the many steps taken to create institutions fully dedicated to keep the legacy of Babasaheb alive for generations to come. In April 2018,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at Delhi’s Mahaparinirvan Sthal spread over nearly 2 acres. On November 19, 2015, the government declared 26th November as the ‘Constitution Day’, in the honour of Dr Ambedkar.

 

Reviving Netaji’s Legacy

Netaji’s fiery slogans “Give me blood and I will give you freedom” is embedded in every Indian’s consciousness. In order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the formation of ‘Azad Hind Government’ by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hoisted the tricolour at the Red Fort in Delhi. It was a moment of pride for the entire nation seeing the legacy of the great hero of India’s freedom movement finally being honoured since independence. In a first, the four members of Azad Hind Fauj took part in the Republic Day parade in 2019.

The Modi Government also fulfilled the long pending demand of Netaji’s family, by declassifying most of the confidential files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. During his September 2014 visit to Japan, PM Modi met Saichiro Misumi, Netaji’s oldest living associate in Japan.

The Man Who United India: Sardar Patel

As a glowing tribute to the legend who integrated India, PM Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ as nation’s tribute to the ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The 600 feet tall sculpture is the tallest statue in the world. The foundation for this statue was laid in 2013 when Shri Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was the first Home Minister of India. However, he was continuously relegated to the lost pages of history by Congress. He is finally being given his due recognition for his unparalleled contribution to our motherland.

Veer Savarkar: The Son of the Soil

The man who was renowned for his bravery and his spirited fight against the British, Veer Savarkar was treated as a pariah by the successive Congress governments. It was a great injustice to the memory of the giant. He spent his youth serving the harshest punishment in a small cell in the Cellular Jail, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the freedom fighter by visiting the cell where Veer Savarkar was lodged and spent some time inside remembering the sacrifices of the great soul.

Similarly, PM Modi has revived the legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Birsa Munda, Deenbandhu Sir Chhotu Ram and many other such legends all across the country. A new narrative has been set by the Modi government by honouring the memories of Indian heroes and freeing their legacy from the narrow political considerations. These legends lived, fought and died for the nation. Their legacy is the very essence of Indian thought process and so any injustice to their memories in an injustice to the very soul of the nation.

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PM Modi’s Vision Fuels Delhi’s Development
April 12, 2024

“Delhi has the good fortune to get an opportunity of keeping the flag of nations' prestige flying high.”
- PM Narendra Modi as Delhi prepared to host the G20 Summit

The last ten years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have set in motion the creation of a New India—from rural to urban, from water to electricity, from houses to health, from education to employment, from castes to classes—a comprehensive plan bringing growth and prosperity to each doorstep.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi has emerged as a pivotal part of this dynamic developmental momentum spearheaded by PM Modi throughout this transformative decade.

The city has been at the heart of the infrastructural shift that has given a dedicated facelift to the entire nation. Today infrastructural marvels like Atal Setu, Chenab Bridge, Statue of Unity, and Zojila Tunnel dot India’s ever-evolving landscape.

With its focus on revamping transportation networks, upgrading urban amenities, and expanding digital infrastructure, the Modi government has launched an array of transformative initiatives. From railways, highways to airports, these initiatives have been key in galvanising inclusive and sustainable development across the length and breadth of the country.

The impressive expansion of the metro rail network has revolutionised urban commuting in India. From a mere 5 cities in 2014, the metro rail network now serves 21 cities across the nation—expanding from 248 km in 2014 to 945 km by 2024, with 919 km of lines under construction in 26 additional cities.

The Union Cabinet has recently approved two new corridors of Delhi Metro Phase-IV—Lajpat Nagar to Saket G-Block and Inderlok to Indraprastha. Both the lines have a combined length of over 20 kms with a project cost of over Rs. 8,000 crore (funding being sourced from the Union Govt, Govt of Delhi, and international agencies). The Inderlok- Indraprastha line will play a significant role in enhancing connectivity to the Bahadurgarh region of Haryana. Additionally, India’s first Namo Bharat train, operating on the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor further underlines the Modi government’s commitment to enhancing regional connectivity and upgrading its transportation infrastructure.

Further, the Bharatmala Pariyojana envisages improved logistics efficiency and connectivity via the development of nearly 35,000 km of National Highway corridors. 25 greenfield high-speed corridors have been planned under the plan out of which four intersect with Delhi’s growing infra capacity: Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway, Delhi-Saharanpur-Dehradun Expressway, and the Urban Extension Road-II. The total project length sanctioned for Delhi is 203 km with an allocation of over Rs. 18,000 crore.

Over the past decade, the Modi government has consistently dedicated efforts towards augmenting capacity and decongestion of airports. After the IGI Airport Delhi became the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway, the expanded state-of-the-art Terminal 1 has also been inaugurated recently. In addition, the upcoming Noida International Airport (Jewar) shall further contribute to decongestion of the Delhi airport which is serving millions of passengers annually.

Besides, the inauguration of the New Parliament has further added civilisational yet modern connotations to the city’s landscape. Inauguration of the Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre) has given Delhi India’s largest convention and exhibition centre, offering a mixed purpose tourism experience. Along with Yashobhoomi, the Bharat Mandapam, a world-class convention and exhibition centre, showcases India to the world.

In terms of welfare, the Modi government has launched several schemes benefitting people hitherto on the margins of growth and development. Women’s safety in Delhi has been a key concern. To address the same, the Modi government strengthened the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 by increasing the quantum of punishment for rape, including capital punishment for rape of a girlchild below the age of 12.

The Union Home Ministry established a separate Women Safety Division back in 2018. One-stop centers, Sakhi Niwas, Safe City Project, Nirbhaya Fund, SHe-Box, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences, and Cri-MAC (Crime Multi-Agency Center) among others are significant additions in the government’s campaign towards women safety.

In addition, Swachh Bharat Mission, PM Ujjwala Yojana, PM Matru Vandana Yojana, and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have further led to the empowerment of Nari Shakti in India.

As India becomes the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world, Delhi is also contributing significantly towards this development. Today over 13,000 DPIIT-recognised startups are functioning in Delhi even as the government is promoting self-employment through PM MUDRA Yojana with over 2.3 lakh loans sanctioned worth over Rs. 3,000 crore for FY2023-24 (as on 26.01.2024).

PM SVANidhi, which provides collateral free loans to street vendors, is supporting over 1.67 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. Further, under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana, launched in 2020 to incentivise employers for creation of new employment and restoration of loss of employment during Covid-19 pandemic, over 2.2 lakh employees benefitted in Delhi.

Further, nearly 30,000 houses have been sanctioned and completed in Delhi under PM Awas Yojana (Urban).

Air pollution has been a recurring problem for the people of Delhi. Conscious of this reality, the central government has launched the National Clean Air Programme as a national level strategy to reduce air pollution level across the country.

The Modi government's tenure over the last decade has brought about a remarkable transformation in Delhi across various fronts. From infrastructure development to governance reforms, from education to employment, the government's initiatives have left an indelible mark on the capital city. As Delhi continues on its journey of progress and development, the contributions of the Modi government are set to shape its future trajectory for years to come.