Narendra Modi dares politicians at the Centre banking on vote banks to divide the nation or erase names of freedom fighters from the history of India  

Ahmedabad, Sunday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said that the politicians banking on vote banks at the Centre can forget the valour and sacrifices of freedom fighters but the people of India can not.

Addressing a function to celebrate Maharana Pratap’s birth anniversary by over 100 organizations people hailing from Rajasthan and Haryana at Surat, he said that Central Government has no time to remember Maharana Pratap or Chhatrapati Shivaji. The vote bank politics has erased the pages of valour of men or women, young or old, from the history ofIndia. For the last 60 years, Indians are just taught only one lesson that only a single family has sacrificed for the nation. Incidentally, the same family has usurped the country’s entire cream.

Mr. Modi dared such politicians against dividing the nation. Politicians may differ on the ideologies but cannot change the history and heritage of India. He warned the government at the Centre not to underestimate the people of India.


Recalling association of Gujarat with Rajasthan, he said that Chiitorgarh’s founder Mewad Bappa Rawal’s mother belonged to Gujarat. Maharana Pratap’s horse ‘Chetak’ belonged to the Gujarat’s Kathiawad breed. Maharana Pratap had fought against Mughal sultanate on the issue of cow protection, but unfortunately even the present generation has to fight for cow protection against the current government at the Centre. The time demands that India protects its glorious history.

He said that Gujarat has provided to the nation leadership in both non-violent and armed struggle for freedom. The fight for ‘satyagrah’ was led by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. Shhyamji led the armed struggle.

Mr. Modi said it was his privilege to bring the ashes of Shyamaji Krishna Verma from Geneva in 2003, almost 73 years after his death abroad while fighting for freedom struggle. He is happy that Shaymaji’s befitting memorial could be built at Mandvi in Kutch.

Prominent among those present there included Gujarat Ministers Natrootam Patel, Nitin Patel, Mangubhai Patel, Ranjit Gilitwala and Mayor Rajendrabhai Desai, among others.

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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Trade and beyond: a new impetus to the EU-India Partnership

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May 08, 2021

At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.