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Gandhinagar, Wednesday: A group of active representatives of minority communities, led by Mr. Zafar Sareshwala, called on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today and congratulated him on his being elected as the Chief Minister for successive fourth term and for providing a successful leadership for the development of the state.

Speaking with the group, Mr. Modi talked about Gujarat keeping itself free for the last twelve years from the grave dangers of the mainstream vote bank politics out to divide the nation.

“I am busy uniting the entire cent percent population of the society around the process of development, irrespective of their caste and community, with a view to make each one of them partners of progress, which alone could absolve the nation from the poisonous cycle of vote bank politics,” he said.

Even as the state has reached unprecedented heights in economic and industrial development, Mr. Modi gave details of the steps taken by the state government to make the state an educational hub, needed for the human resources development. Eleven out of 41 universities set up in the last decade offer specialised and novel courses as the state is starting the first-ever Skill University, The state has set up world-class incubation centre ‘iCreate’ to promote innovative talents, creating opportunity for talented youths.

The state has opened the doors of ITI-trained youth to higher education. Efforts are on to let students studying in the state getting degrees of foreign universities. The state is also considerate towards empowerment of the poor and have-nots.

The group included active representatives of Parsis, Muslims and other minority communities from north, south, central Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions, from Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai and other cities. They were impressed by Mr. Modi’s leadership qualities, political will, his good intentions, untiring efforts for ‘sauno saath, sauna vikas’, meaning inclusive growth through collective efforts.

The group also extended keenness to contribute their mite for the development of the state.

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PM’s address at the launch of Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation
January 28, 2022
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“Music is a medium that makes us aware of our worldly duties and it also helps us transcend worldly attachments”
“Experience of Yoga Day has indicated that the world has benefited from Indian heritage and Indian music also has the capacity to stir the depth of the human mind”
“Every person in the world is entitled to know about, learn and get benefits of Indian music. It is our responsibility to take care of that”
“In today's era when technology’s influence is all pervasive, there should be technology and IT revolution in the field of music also”
“Today we are regenerating our centers of art and culture like Kashi”

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid rich tribute to Pandit Jasraj on the occasion of the Jayanti of the doyen of Indian Classical Music. The Prime Minister talked of the personification of immortal energy of music by Pandit Jasraj and lauded Durga Jasraj and Pandit Shaarang Dev for keeping alive the glorious legacy of the maestro. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation via video conferencing.

The Prime Minister touched upon the vast knowledge imparted by the sages of Indian music tradition. Shri Modi said that the strength to feel the cosmic energy and ability to see music in the flow of universe is what makes Indian Classical music tradition so exceptional. “Music is a medium that makes us aware of our worldly duties and it also helps us transcend worldly attachments” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister praised Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation for their goal of preserving India’s rich heritage of art and culture. He asked the Foundation to focus on two key aspects of this age of technology. Firstly, he said that Indian Music should create its identity in this age of globalisation. He said that the experience of Yoga Day has indicated that the world has benefited from Indian heritage and Indian music also has the capacity to stir the depth of the human mind. “Every person in the world is entitled to know about, learn and get benefits of Indian music. It is our responsibility to take care of that”, he said.

Secondly, the Prime Minister said that in today's era when technology’s influence is all pervasive, there should be technology and IT revolution in the field of music also. He called for startups dedicated solely to music, based on Indian instruments and traditions.

He also dwelled on recent efforts to regenerate the centres of culture and art like Kashi. The Prime Minister said that India has shown the way to a secured future to the world through its faith in environment preservation and love for nature. “In this Indian journey of development along with heritage, ‘Sabka Prayas’ should be included”, he concluded.