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Smriti Van in memory of Govind Guru dedicated by Chief Minister

Gujarat will celebrate centenary of Guru Govind’s freedom movement next year

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi launches 63rd State Van Mahotsav at Mangarh Hill in Panchmahals

CM pays rich tribute to unknown tribal martyrs

1507 trees were planted to commemorate the martyrdom of 1507 tribal martyrs

 

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has announced that Gujarat would celebrate Centenary of the tribal reformist Govind Guru’s freedom movement against British Rule, that was started in 1913 AD in this hilly terrain of Mangarh Hills in Panchmahals district..

Chief Minister said, we have adopted a novel concept by connecting Van Mahotsavs, not only with forest and environment but also with cultural heritage and people’s faith to make this event a permenant memory for society.With the formation of Govind Guru Smriti Van the memory of martyrdom of tribal martyrs would be remembered for ever, he added.

Shri. Narendra Modi launched 63rd State Van Mahotsav from Mangarh Hill, bordering Rajasthan, on Monday, where 1500 odd tribal martyrs were killed by British Rulers, in Santrampur taluka of tribal dominated Panchmahals district. Thousands of tribal people gathered to give ribute to their beloved martyrs.

He announced to provide two lakh accomodations to tribals living below poverty line by december, 2012. We have opened Science strem Higher secondary schools in 45 tribal dominated talukas, he added. Gujarat Government has, so far, allocated Rs.40 thousand crore for development of tribal people under ambitious Van Bandhu Kalyaan Yojna.

Chief Minister felicitated Late Govind Guru’s grand son Mangiri Maharaj. He also awarded villages and taluka office bearers for their contributions in afforestation. Forest officials were felicitated with “Van Pandit” award by the CM. He also released books published by forest department. Shri. Modi was honoured by hundreds of tribal folks.

Chief Minister said, Govind Guru was a social and religious reformist, who tried hard to change and improve the lives of tribal people and made them, refrained from social evils. He united them to fight against injustice and exploitation from British Rulers.. 1507 tribal people sacrificed their lives for Govind Guru’s principles at this holy place, he added.

Coming down heavily on Centre for encouraging meat export policy, that would lead to slaughter of cow breeds, he said. The Chief Minister has earlier announced to launch State level Van Mahotsav from this historic place to commemorate the martyrdom of these unknown tribal freedom fighters who were disciples of Govind Guru. Significantly, last year’s state Level Van Mahotsav was also kicked off at Pavagarh in Panchmahals district.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Umashanker Gupta, Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel, State Forest minister Kiritsinh Rana, MP Purushottam Rupala also spoke on the occassion. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Fakirbhai Vaghela, MOS Tribal development Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, Minister Jaidrathsinh Parmar, MP from Rajasthan OM Mathur were also present. Forest and environment secretary S. K. Nanda delivered welcome speech.

A Govind Guru Smriti Van with 1,507 trees was dedicated by Shri. Narendra Modi at Mangarh in the memory of Govind Guru who worked for the social and economic uplift of Bhils and other tribal living in the region bordering Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In all, 1,507 tribal people were killed in the freedom struggle against the British in 1913. Gujarat Government plans to develop Mangarh as a pilgrimage centre and as a place of tourist interest too.

Even as tribal people know the importance of trees, nearly 30,000 saplings have been planted earlier too, in clusters named Nakshatra Van, Rashi Van, Tulsi Van.

The Smriti Van is in the series of several clusters of forest, set up by Gujarat Government over the last decade, called ‘Sanskritik Van’, namely Punit Van at Gandhinagar, Mangalya Van at Ambaji, Teerthankar Van at Taranga Teerth, Hairhar Van at Somnath, Bhakti Van at Chotila, Shyamal Van at Shamlaji, Pavak Van at Palitana and Virasat Van at Pavagadh.

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President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin, paid a working visit to New Delhi on 06 December 2021 for the 21st India – Russia Annual summit with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

2. President Putin was accompanied by a high level delegation. Bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the sustained progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic. They welcomed the holding of the first meeting of the 2+2 Dialogue of Foreign and Defence Ministers and the meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military & Military-Technical Cooperation in New Delhi on 6 December 2021.

3. The leaders underscored the need for greater economic cooperation and in this context, emphasized on new drivers of growth for long term predictable and sustained economic cooperation. They appreciated the success story of mutual investments and looked forward to greater investments in each others’ countries. The role of connectivity through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the proposed Chennai - Vladivostok Eastern Maritime Corridor figured in the discussions. The two leaders looked forward to greater inter-regional cooperation between various regions of Russia, in particular with the Russian Far-East, with the States of India. They appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, including humanitarian assistance extended by both countries to each other in critical times of need.

4. The leaders discussed regional and global developments, including the post-pandemic global economic recovery, and the situation in Afghanistan. They agreed that both countries share common perspectives and concerns on Afghanistan and appreciated the bilateral roadmap charted out at the NSA level for consultation and cooperation on Afghanistan. They noted that both sides shared common positions on many international issues and agreed to further strengthen cooperation at multilateral fora, including at the UN Security Council. President Putin congratulated Prime Minister Modi for India’s ongoing non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and successful Presidency of BRICS in 2021. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Russia for its ongoing chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

5. The Joint Statement titled India-Russia: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity aptly covers the state and prospects of bilateral ties. Coinciding with the visit, several Government-to-Government Agreements and MoUs, as well as those between commercial and other organizations of both countries, were signed in different sectors such as trade, energy, science & technology, intellectual property, outer space, geological exploration, cultural exchange, education, etc. This is a reflection of the multifaceted nature of our bilateral partnership.

6. President Putin extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit in 2022.