The soil of India creates an affinity for the soul towards spirituality: PM Modi

Published By : Admin | October 31, 2023 | 21:23 IST
Lays foundation stone for Amrit Vatika and Amrit Mahotsav Memorial developed from soil collected from every part of country
Launches ‘Mera Yuva Bharat’ - MY Bharat platform
Presents Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Awards to top 3 performing States or Union Territories - 1. Jammu and Kashmir, 2. Gujarat and 3. Haryana
Presents Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Awards to top 3 performing Ministries - 1. Ministry of External Affairs, 2. Ministry of Defence; and Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Education for joint 3rd position
“MY Bharat is going to play a big role in nation-building in 21st century”
“Meri Mati Mera Desh Abhiyan is a live example of how the youth of India can organize and achieve every goal”
“Many great civilizations have perished but there is a consciousness in the soil of India which has saved this nation from ancient times till today”
“The soil of India creates an affinity for the soul towards spirituality”
“Amrit Vatika will teach the coming generation about ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’”
“Amrit Mahotsav has, in a way, added the missing pages of history for future generations”
“During the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the country completed the journey from Rajpath to Kartavya Path”
“MY Bharat is a proclamation of the youth power of India”

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

Speak alongside me with even greater intensity, with the voice that hasn't echoed on this Kartavya Path in the past 75 years --

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

My colleagues in the Union Cabinet, Amit Bhai, Kishan Reddy, Anurag Thakur, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Nisith Pramanik, and all my young friends and family members who have gathered here from across the nation!

Kartavya Path is witnessing the culmination of a historic grand ceremony on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. March 12, 2021 marked the day of the Dandi Yatra. Inspired by Gandhi ji, the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, which commenced from Sabarmati Ashram on March 12, 2021, is culminating on the occasion of Sardar Saheb's birth anniversary on October 31, 2023. Just as the citizens of the country connected with the Dandi Yatra after it commenced, similarly, the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence has seen such an overwhelming participation that a new history has been made.

The Dandi Yatra had invigorated the spirit of independent Bharat. This 75-year journey is becoming a phase that materializes the dreams of a prosperous Bharat. The celebration of the Amrit Mahotsav, which has lasted for more than two years, is concluding with the end of ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign. Today, a memorial has also been inaugurated as a remembrance for the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. This memorial will forever remind the upcoming generations of this historic event. Awards have also been given to some states, ministries, and departments for their excellent arrangements. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners and to the citizens of those states as well.

My family members,

On one hand, we are concluding a grand celebration today, and at the same time, we are also beginning a new resolve. Today, the foundation of Mera Yuva Bharat, i.e., MY Bharat, has been laid. Mera Yuva Bharat platform is going to play a significant role in nation-building in the 21st century. For this, I extend special congratulations to the country and the youth of the country.

My family members,

How the youth of Bharat can organize themselves and achieve every goal is exemplified by ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’ campaign. Millions of youth from villages and streets of the country are connected with this campaign of ‘Meri Maati, Mera Desh’. Lakhs of events have taken place across the country. Countless Indians have placed soil from their courtyards, their fields, in the ‘Amrit Kalash’ (urn of nectar) with their own hands. Over eight thousand five hundred ‘Amrit Kalash’ from all over the country have reached here today. Under this campaign, millions of Indians have taken the pledge of Panch Pran (five pledges). Millions of Indians have also uploaded their selfies on the campaign website.

Friends,

The question may arise in many people's minds: why soil? Why urns are filled with soil? A poet has said –

यह वह मिट्टी जिसके रस से, जीवन पलता आया,

जिसके बल पर आदिम युग से,मानव चलता आया।

यह तेरी सभ्यता संस्कृति, इस पर ही अवलंबित,

युगों-युगों के चरण चिह्न, इसकी छाती पर अंकित।

(This is the soil whose essence has unfolded life,

On whose strength, humanity has walked since the ancient era.

Dependent on this is your civilization, culture,

Marked with symbols of ages on its chest.)

Great civilizations have come to an end, but there is that consciousness, the life force in the soil of Bharat that has preserved this nation since time immemorial. This is the soil that connects our soul with identity and spirituality in every way from every corner of the country. By swearing on this soil, our brave hearts fought the battle for freedom.

So many stories are intertwined with this soil. About a hundred years ago, a little boy was sowing wood in this soil. When his father asked what he was sowing, he replied, "I am sowing guns." His father asked, "What will you do with guns?" And that boy said, "I will free my country." When he grew up, that boy achieved the height of sacrifice, which is still difficult to reach today. That boy was none other than the brave martyr Bhagat Singh.

A soldier once said for this soil:

''दिल से निकलेगी न मर कर भी वतन की उल्फ़त,

मेरी मिट्टी से भी ख़ुशबू-ए-वफ़ा आएगी"

(The love for the homeland will not fade even after death,

The fragrance of loyalty will emanate from my soil.)

Whether a farmer or a brave soldier, everyone has contributed their blood and sweat to this soil. It has been said for this soil, "This land is like sandalwood, every village is a land of austerity." We all strive to apply this sandalwood, symbolic of the soil, on our foreheads. This thought resonates in our minds 24/7:

जो माटी का कर्ज़ चुका दे, वही ज़िन्दगानी है।।

जो माटी का कर्ज़ चुका दे, वही ज़िन्दगानी है।।

(The one who repays the debt of the soil, that is true living.

The one who repays the debt of the soil, that is true living.)

Therefore, each particle of soil within these Amrit Kalash that have reached here is priceless. They are like the rice grains kept in Sudama's pouch for us. Just as the wealth of a whole world was contained in the handful of rice in Sudama's pouch, similarly, the dreams, aspirations, and countless resolutions of every family in the country are encapsulated in these thousands of Amrit Kalash. The soil that has reached here from every home and courtyard in the country will continue to remind us of the sense of duty. This soil will inspire us for the fulfillment of our commitment to a ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed Bharat) and for even more hard work.

संकल्प आज हम लेते हैं जन जन को जाके जगाएंगे,

सौगंध मुझे इस मिट्टी की, हम भारत भव्य बनाएंगे।

(Today, we make a commitment to awaken every individual,

I swear by this soil, we will make Bharat glorious.)

Friends,

Along with this soil, plants from across the country are being used to create the Amrit Vatika here. Its inauguration has also taken place. This Amrit Vatika will inspire the coming generations towards ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. Few people may know that there is an artwork named 'Jan Janani Janmabhoomi' in the new Parliament building. It has been created by 75 female artists from every state of the country, using the soil of each state. This is also a great inspiration for all of us.

My family members,

The celebration of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence continued for almost a thousand days. And in these thousand days, the biggest and most positive impact has been on the youth of Bharat. It has made the youth generation aware of the values of freedom.

Friends,

Like you, I too have not witnessed slavery. We have not experienced the yearning, the penance, and the sacrifice for freedom. Many of us were born after independence. I am the country's first Prime Minister born after independence. I have also gained a lot of new knowledge during the Amrit Mahotsav. Many names of tribal warriors have come to light during this period.

The entire country has come to know that during the long period of slavery, there was not a single moment when there was no movement for independence. No region, no class was untouched by these movements. When I was watching the Swaraj series on Doordarshan, the emotions I had were the same as I see in the youth of the country today. The Amrit Mahotsav has brought many stories of the independence movement to light.

Friends,

The entire country turned the Amrit Mahotsav into a celebration of the masses. The success of the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ is the success of every Indian. For millions of families in the country, this is the first time they have realized that their families, their villages also had an active contribution to independence. Although it may not be mentioned in the history books, now it is permanently recorded in the memorials and inscriptions in every village. The Amrit Mahotsav has, in a way, connected the forgotten pages of history to the future generations.

A significant database has been prepared highlighting the active involvement of freedom fighters in the independence movement. Heroes like Alluri Sitarama Raju, Varikuti Chennayya, Tantia Bhil, Tirot Sing, and many others across the country are now known for their contributions. We also paid homage to the women power of the country from Kittur Rani Chennamma, Rani Gaidinliu, Rani Velu Nachiyar, Matangini Hazra, Rani Lakshmibai to the brave Jhalkaribai during the Amrit Mahotsav.

My family members,

When intentions are good, and the overwhelming spirit of the nation comes first, the results are bound to be the best. Bharat has achieved historic milestones during this Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. We successfully faced the biggest crisis of the century, the COVID pandemic, and during this period, we charted the roadmap for building a developed Bharat. Bharat emerged as the world's fifth-largest economy during the Amrit Mahotsav. Despite facing major global challenges, Bharat became the fastest growing economy during the Amrit Mahotsav. We landed our Chandrayaan on the moon. Bharat hosted the historic G-20 summit. Bharat set a record of more than 100 medals in the Asian Games and Asian Para Games.

During the Amrit Mahotsav, Bharat also received a new Parliament building for the 21st century. The historic Nari Shakti Vandana Adhiniyam, empowering women, was enacted. Bharat set new records in exports and agricultural production. During this period, there was an unprecedented expansion of the Vande Bharat trains. The Amrit Bharat Station campaign to transform railway stations was also launched. The country got the first regional rapid train, Namo Bharat. Over 65,000 Amrit Sarovars were built nationwide. Bharat launched Made in India 5G and there was rapid expansion of this network. The PM GatiShakti National Master Plan was also launched during this period for infrastructure building. I can place countless achievements before you.

My family members,

The country also completed a journey from Rajpath to Kartavya Path during the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence. We have removed many symbols of slavery. And now, there is a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind Government, on one side of Kartavya Path. Our Navy now has a new flag inspired by the vision of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The islands of Andaman and Nicobar have been given the indigenous name during this Amrit Mahotsav.

During this Amrit Mahotsav, ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ (Tribal Pride Day) was announced. The announcement of Veer Bal Diwas was made in memory of the Sahabzadas during this Amrit Mahotsav. It was during the Amrit Mahotsav that August 14th was commemorated as ‘Vibhajan Vibhishika Diwas’ (Partition Horrors Remembrance Day).

My family members,

It is said in our country: अंत: अस्ति प्रारंभ: i.e., where it ends, ultimately there begins something new. With the conclusion of the Amrit Mahotsav, today marks the beginning of Mera Yuva Bharat, MY Bharat. Mera Yuva Bharat platform-- MY Bharat -- is a proclamation of the youth power of Bharat. It will serve as a significant means to bring every youth of the country onto one stage, one platform. It will ensure maximum participation of the country's youth in nation-building. All the various programs run for the youth will be encompassed in it. Today, the MY Bharat website has also been launched. I would urge the youth of today to get involved with it as much as possible. Infuse Bharat with new energy, make a resolution to lead Bharat forward, put in effort, show courage, and stay committed to achieving success.

Friends,

The independence of Bharat is the realization of our shared resolutions. Together, we must continuously defend it. We have to make Bharat a developed country by 2047 when the nation celebrates 100 years of independence. On the completion of 100 years of independence, the country will remember this special day. The commitments we made, the promises we pledged to the coming generations, we must fulfill them. Therefore, we need to accelerate our efforts. The contribution of every Indian is crucial to achieving the goal of a developed nation.

Let us embark on a new journey of the ‘Amrit Kaal’ of a developed Bharat, starting from the conclusion of the Amrit Mahotsav. Turn dreams into resolutions, make hard work the subject of resolutions, and only stop when we achieve success in 2047. Come on, young ones, let's begin this journey with the same determination.

Today on the occasion of the launch of this MY Bharat platform, I tell you all to take out your mobile phone, turn on its flashlight. There is this new colour of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence all around, this new enthusiasm, this new opportunity too, speak with me -

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

Bharat Mata ki- Jai!

Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram!

Vande Mataram!

Thanks a lot!

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PM Modi's interview to News X
May 21, 2024

In an interview to News X, Prime Minister Modi addressed the issue of toxic language in elections, explained why the Opposition frequently discussed him, and shared his views on job creation. He criticized the Congress' tax plans and appeasement politics.

Rishabh Gulati: A very warm welcome to the viewers of NewsX and India News. I’m Rishabh Gulati and with me is Aishwarya Sharma of The Sunday Guardian and Rana Yashwant. In today’s special episode, we proudly welcome a renowned ‘rashtra sevak’, and the Prime Minister of India in this Amrit Kaal, Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi. Mr Prime Minister, you took the time to speak to us, we are very grateful.

Prime Minister: Namaskar, my warm greetings to all your viewers.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, the first question that comes to mind is about the Opposition, and it seems that the biggest item on their poll agenda is Narendra Modi. Why, in your opinion, do they talk so much about Narendra Modi?

Prime Minister: To understand why they discuss Narendra Modi, we must first understand the Opposition. To understand them, one can examine the administration between 2004 and 2014.

The Opposition has not been able to play a strong role. Even as the Opposition, the way they are falling apart, they did not play a constructive role of any kind. Despite deep discussions, they haven’t been able to bring serious issues to the public attention. They thought that by their antics, taking up space in the media, they would be able to keep their boat afloat. Even in this election, I have seen that they make fresh attempts every day to acquire media space, be it by making videos, nonsensical statements, or behaving in a way that people don’t normally behave. So they do this to acquire space in the media. Now abusing Modi is one such antic, where, if nothing else, they are guaranteed publicity. Even a small-time politician, if he bad-mouths me, will get about an hour of media attention. Perhaps they see Modi as a ladder to climb up in their political career.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, the I.N.D.I. alliance is talking about wealth redistribution. Do you think this is possible, and will the voters of the country be influenced by such a scheme?

Prime Minister: You can’t examine this in isolation. You must look at their overall thought process. When their (Congress) manifesto was released, I had said the manifesto had the imprint of the Muslim League. There was a statement made by Dr Manmohan Singh… I had attended the meeting in which he said that ‘Muslims have the first right to India’s resources.’ Now when I raised this in public, their media ecosystem raised a storm saying that ‘Modi is lying,’. So two days later, I brought Manmohan Singh’s press conference forward and put it in front of them. Then they stopped talking. So this was one example. Now in their Manifesto, they have said that they will give reservation (to Muslims) even when allotting government contracts.

So today, when a bridge is to be built somewhere, what is the criteria for awarding the contract? The company bidding is evaluated based on how resourceful they are, their experience, their capability, their ability to deliver on time, all these things. Now they say that they want to give reservations to the minorities, to the Muslims, in this process as well. It all adds up. Now when they say that they will impose inheritance tax, it means that taxes that go to the government, who will stand to benefit from it? It’s the same people that Manmohan Singh ji talked about. If you join the dots, this is the logic that comes from it. How will the country accept this? Secondly, has any developing country in the world indulged in such madness? Today, India needs to work hard to rise above its problems. We have made this attempt and pulled 25 crore people out of poverty. Where there used to be a few hundred start-ups, there are now over 1.25 lakh start-ups, and there are Unicorns. You must go among the people and work with energy, and that will bring the right result.

 

Rana Yashwant: Mr Prime Minister, the Ram Mandir has been built in Ayodhya, the consecration of Ram Lalla took place and there was joy among the people. In all this, there is Iqbal Ansari, who has fought the legal battle, and is an important person. He comes, holding a placard that says ‘Modi ka Parivaar’. Today, the minority community identifies with your policies and welfare schemes. Your opinion?

Prime Minister: Since you’ve brought up Ram Mandir and Iqbal Ansari, I will narrate an incident. Ram Mandir should have been built right after Independence. In all these years, it wasn’t built because they (Congress) felt it would affect their vote bank. Attempts were made in the Courts till the very end to stop it. It is a fact that Congress hindered the building of the Ram Mandir. Despite this, when the Supreme Court judgment came through, the Court constituted a trust, and the trust members, let go of all past differences and went to invite the Congress Party members to the consecration ceremony. They rejected the invitation. The same people went to invite Iqbal Ansari. The ironic thing is, that Iqbal Ansari, who fought the Babri Masjid case his entire life, respected the Supreme Court’s verdict and attended the ‘Shilanyas’ and the ‘Pran Prathistha’ ceremony as well. This is what I think, as far as Iqbal Ansari is concerned.

Now if you want to talk about secularism, it is my very serious allegation, that for over 75 years, through a very well-crafted conspiracy, a false narrative has been fed to the nation. It has been embedded in the nation from before our birth. Sardar Patel was targeted by this narrative, and maybe, today it may be my turn, tomorrow someone else… Why do they cry out ‘secularism’ over and over again? It’s because they want to divert the world’s attention from their communal activities.

They cry ‘thief’ over and over when they have defrauded the people, and they do this because they think crying ‘thief’ will divert the public’s attention. This is their ploy. I have called them out in front of everyone, that they are the ones who are communal. India’s constitution does not allow you to indulge in such sectarian acts, and I have brought out several such examples, like I mentioned earlier that they called the Muslims the rightful inheritors of India’s wealth. I am exposing them. They (Congress) hide behind their politics of appeasement and instead accuse me of being communal. I am talking about those communal parties that wear the ‘nikab’ of secularism and indulge in hardcore communalism. I find three things common among these people. They are hardcore sectarians, they are extremely casteist, and they are hardcore dynasts. They are so full of these three things that they can’t come out of it.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have spoken about lifting 25 crore people out of poverty. 80 crore poor people are receiving ration – it is necessary now and will be so in the future as well. What do you have to say about how crucial it will be in the future?

Prime Minister: When Manmohan Singh ji was the Prime Minister, news was rife with reports of food grains getting spoilt. So, the Supreme Court asked the government as to why the grains were not being distributed among the poor. Manmohan Singh ji, who was the Prime Minister then, stated on record that they could not distribute the grains and that it was impossible to do it. That is the consequence of his thinking. I faced the same issue, especially during COVID-19. My first goal was to ensure that a stove should be lit in every poor household. So, I started working on it. I have stated this for the next five years as well because in the lives of those who come out of poverty…

For example, one returns home from the hospital. The treatment has been done but precaution is necessary. A doctor advises you to take rest for a particular duration after returning home, tells you what to eat and what to refrain from consuming, and what to take care of. Why? The illness has already been addressed, but if anything is jeopardized then the condition of the person would return to what it was. That is why poor people who escape poverty need handholding. They should not return to that state in any condition. Once they escape poverty, they should be empowered to stand strong. In my understanding, in the next five years, those who have escaped poverty should be able to firmly stand on their feet. Any unfortunate incident in their family, should not push them to poverty again. And only then will the country eradicate poverty.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, our country is the youngest country. Under your tenure, 10 lakh government jobs have been filled. Now, the Opposition has vowed to fill 30 lakh government jobs. In your third term, how do you plan to boost employment opportunities for the youth?

Prime Minister: You must have read the SKOCH report that was released. I hope your TV channel studies the SKOCH report in detail and conducts a TV debate on this. They have analysed some 20 to 22 schemes of the government. They have published statistics about how many person-year-hours have been obtained. They have revealed how many hours it takes to build 4 crore houses and how many people it employs. They have published data for about 22 different parameters.

They have stated that 50 crore people have accrued benefits. Secondly, we brought the Mudra Yojana. We give bank loans without any guarantee. We have disbursed loans worth Rs 23 Lakh Crore. 80% of those who have received these loans are first-timers. Some have started their businesses and have employed a few people in this process. Start-ups used to be in the thousands and now they are in lakhs. People have been employed in this process, right? Consider that a 1000-kilometre road is being built and think about how many jobs are created. So, if a 2000-kilometre road is being built more people will be employed, right? Today, road and rail construction has doubled, electrification has doubled, and mobile towers are reaching every corner of India. All this is being created by people who have received jobs. That is why a lie is being peddled.

 What’s important is that we must move towards creating jobs for ourselves. The youth in this country are in the mood to do something and be productive and we must help them. We must encourage them. Our Mudra Yojana does exactly that. We also run the SVANidhi scheme. There are countless street hawkers, who are poor people. But today, they are taking money from the bank to run their businesses. Due to this, they can save money and expand their business. Earlier, a street hawker would sit on the footpath and now his goal is to buy a lorry. One who would owned a lorry earlier now wishes to provide home delivery services. Their aspirations are rising. This is why I believe that while people receive the benefits of government schemes, which will eventually result in development, we must also focus on several other areas.

 

Rana Yashwant: Prime Minister, your government works on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Beneficiaries avail welfare schemes without any discrimination – caste, religion, or community. Yet, the Opposition maintains that Muslims do not accrue the same benefits from these welfare schemes.

Prime Minister: You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. The unique aspect of my government, in terms of delivering welfare schemes, has not raised any questions regarding discrimination.

 

Rana Yashwant: The Opposition has to say this.

Prime Minister: Even the Opposition does not say this. You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. I have never heard this from anybody because everyone knows… and Muslims themselves say that they receive all benefits.

The primary reason is that I have two principles. First, 100% saturation. For example, if poor people must be given houses, complete delivery must take place. If 100% delivery is the goal, then where does the scope of discrimination even arise? Whether it is providing gas connections, building toilets, ensuring tap water connections, I believe in 100% delivery. Yes, some people will receive the benefits in January, some in April and some in November, but the scheme will apply to all and 100%. I believe that true secularism is when 100% delivery is done. Social justice is when 100% is done. So, if my mission is 100% saturation… and nobody has made this charge yet. They don’t have the courage to say it. I have lived in Gujarat as well, and on this topic, nobody can prop up any charges against me.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have taken out time to sit with us and relay your ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Thank you so much. Best of luck for the polls ahead.

Prime Minister: I thank you all. I have been campaigning day and night…

 

Rana Yashwant: You are constantly on the move. We see you morning until night on the run…

Rishabh Gulati: Today, you had a big rally at 8 in the morning.

Prime Minister: I started my day at 6 am and went to Jagannath Puri temple to offer my prayers. Since then I have been traveling and have at last got time to meet you.

 

Rana Yashwant: Where ever you go, Jagannath or Kashi, there is a sea of people that comes to greet you. You have experienced it yourself.

Prime Minister: I realise that my responsibilities are now increasing. I also see that the public has taken ownership of elections. Political parties are not fighting the elections. The public has taken ownership of this election. And the results will be as desired by the public.

Thank you!