Samarthyamulam swatantrayam, shrammulam cha vaibhavam’. (The source of freedom of any society or nation is its strength and the source of its glory, its progress is its labour force)
The values of New India were established in the essence of these words spoken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 74th Independence Day of India. This strong New India is the result of PM Modi’s thoughts, actions and vision.
He took the whole country forward with these thoughts and actions that our policies, process, products, everything, should be the best as only then we will be able to realize the vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’.
The glimpses of the same can also be seen in his personality and creativity, due to which India has succeeded in making the impossible possible in extraordinary times. He inspires and guides every Indian to move forward with such willpower that the feelings and aspirations of 135 crore countrymen are reflected in the making of New India.
The personal criticisms made by the Opposition have never deterred him, rather he has gone ahead with the search of noble resolute goals of nation-building by taking decisions in the interest of the country in a firm manner. A revolutionary change in the political and social field within the country after 2014 is proof of this.
Cultural and spiritual nationalism has found the place it deserved in the national politics of India for the first time, and the whole world is looking towards India with admiration. The credit for this goes to the personality and leadership of PM Modi.
In the post-2014 period, cultural nationalism has succeeded in touching the dimensions that were determined centuries ago due to the glory of Lord Shri Ram and the messages of Mahatma Buddha, which can still be seen in the traditions and lifestyles of many countries.
The prime minister of Japan coming to India and attending the aarti of Mother Ganga cannot be a simple thing. A grand temple taking shape in an Arab country cannot be an example of ordinary diplomacy. The powers of the world look to India to reach any decision; it is a matter of pride for any Indian which cannot be considered the result of ordinary diplomatic ability.
The PM has taken big decisions in the interest of the country. But if he felt that there were any such decisions whose merits were not understood by the countrymen or which could not convince him, then he did not hesitate to take it back. It is a symbol of the best combination of respect for public sentiment and the beauty of democracy. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, he succeeded in carrying out the works of public interest.
Everyone saw that in 2020-21, when the country had to face the horrors of Covid, not only did the Indian government provide a protective shield to every Indian worried about ‘life and livelihood’ in the country but also extended help to other countries, presenting the best example of ‘vaccine friendship’ by providing vaccines to many countries.
In international politics, he raised India’s stature so high that Indians and Indians living in other countries are filled with pride. The global powers are also waiting for India’s initiatives for a solution to the crisis the world is going through today and for the establishment of global peace.
Educated in the Gurukul of life and trained in the school of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, inspired by the spirit of the revered Atalji, whenever difficult times came in the midst of the meditative practice of PM Modi, like Arjuna, he said ‘Na dainyamna palayanam’.
For the past 22 years, the entire nation is a witness to his ideology, his style of working, his vision and his mission of nation-building. As chief minister of Gujarat, he presented ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ as well as the model of ‘development and good governance’ (Gujarat Model) before the whole country, which became a role model of development for many states.
After independence, India was hurt by the policy of communalism and appeasement for a long time and deprived of the desire for an ‘all-inclusive’ leadership. On the one hand, the exploited and neglected people standing at the lowest rung of society kept looking for the path of upliftment for a long time and on the other hand, the country held on to the old aspiration of the global master.
That sanitation and cleanliness would become a powerful vehicle for India’s development, no one had imagined after Mahatma Gandhi. But in the past eight years, the country is seeing it coming true.
‘Remove poverty’ has been running as a theme for decades, but poverty still exists. Why? Because only slogans were coined and no work was done. A concrete start in this direction was made under the leadership of PM Modi. He decided to end the system of corruption through ‘JAM Trinity’ (triple combination of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile phone) and took the benefits of the schemes of the government directly to every countryman. The results are evident.
It was from here that a peaceful socio-economic revolution started in our country. The dream of housing for all, electricity to every home, work to every hand, education to all, universal health facilities and cleanliness could only be dreamed of by an Indian in whom a great respect and love for India resided and who had the will to fulfil the dream of every Indian. PM Modi has done this and he truly represents an image of the man of the century.
The process of rejuvenation of society and the state, which was started by Modiji as chief minister in Gujarat through schemes like Panchamrut, Sujalam Sufalam, Chiranjeevi, Matri-Vandana and
Kanya Kalavani, is now progressing in the form of building a new India. Initiatives like Make in India, Digital India, Startup India, Standup India, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao are proving to be milestones in building a ‘New India’, while steps like demonetization and GST have proved to be historic steps for economic reforms.
The special status of Kashmir in the 21st chapter of the Indian Constitution and Article 35 A and Article 370 were like huge obstacles in the way of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat. There was always a sense of guilt in the minds of Indians about this. It is the result of the strong will of the PM that both these articles have been abolished and Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have now acquired a new identity as separate Union Territories.
In other words, the vision of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat has become a reality. The grand temple of Lord Shri Ram, a symbol of India’s cultural growth, is taking shape in Ayodhya. Kashi Vishwanath Dham’s ancient splendour has returned to Kashi with modernity and mythology. ‘Cleanliness’ has become a participant in the script of India’s development. The life-giving Mother Ganga is becoming pure and giving a sense of pride to the people of India.
We are all proud of Narendra Modiji, who is scripting the story of a‘New India’ with precision, strong will and all inclusive thoughts. He is indeed a very rare statesman.
Author: Yogi Adityanath
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