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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“India is the Future”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the News 9 Global Summit in New Delhi today. The theme of the Summit is ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said TV 9’s reporting team represents the diversity of India. Their multi-language news platforms made TV 9 a representative of India's vibrant democracy, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister threw light on the theme of the Summit - ‘India: Poised for the Big Leap’, and underlined that a big leap can be taken only when one is filled with passion and enthusiasm. He said that the theme highlights India’s self-confidence and aspirations owing to the creation of a launchpad of 10 years. In these 10 years, the Prime Minister said, the mindset, self-confidence and good governance have been the major factors of transformation.

The Prime Minister underlined the centrality of the commission citizen in the destiny of India. He emphasized that a mindset of defeat can not lead to victory, in this light, he said that the change in mindset and leap that India has taken is incredible. PM Modi recalled the negative view exposed by the leadership of the past and the overhang of corruption, scams, policy paralysis and dynasty politics had shook the foundation of the nation. The Prime Minister mentioned the turnaround and India entering into the top 5 economies of the world. “India of 21st century India does not think small. Whatever we do, we do best and biggest. World is amazed and sees the benefit of moving with India”, he said.

Highlighting the achievements of the last 10 years compared to the ten years before 2014, the Prime Minister mentioned the record increase in FDI from 300 billion US dollars to 640 billion US dollars, India’s digital revolution, trust in India’s Covid vaccine and the growing number of taxpayers in the country which symbolizes the increasing trust of the people in the government. Speaking about mutual fund investments in the country, the Prime Minister informed that people had invested Rs 9 lakh crore in 2014 while 2024 has seen a meteoric rise to Rs 52 lakh crores. “This proves to the citizens that the nation is moving forward with strength”, PM Modi continued, “The level of trust toward self and the government is equal.”

The Prime Minister said that the government's work culture and governance are the cause of this turn-around. “Government offices are no longer a problem but are becoming allies of the countrymen”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that for this leap, a change of gear was needed. He gave examples of long pending projects such as Saryu Canal Project in Uttar Pradesh, Sardar Sarovar Yojana, and Krishna Koena Pariyojana of Maharashtra which were lying pending for decades and were completed by the government. The Prime Minister drew attention to the Atal Tunnel whose foundation stone was laid in 2002 but remained incomplete till 2014, and it was the present government that accomplished the work with its inauguration in 2020. He also gave the example of Bogibeel Bridge in Assam, commissioned in 1998 but finally completed 20 years later in 2018, and Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor commissioned in 2008 but completed 15 years later in 2023. “Hundreds of such pending projects were completed after the present government came to power in 2014”, he added. The Prime Minister also explained the impact of regular monitoring of the big projects under PRAGATI and informed that in the last 10 years projects worth 17 lakh crore have been reviewed under the mechanism. The Prime Minister gave examples of a few projects that were completed very quickly such as Atal Setu, Parliament Building, Jammu AIIMS, Rajkot AIIMs, IIM Sambalpur, New terminal of Trichy Airport, IIT Bhilai, Goa Airport, undersea cable up to Lakshadweep, Banas Dairy at Varanasi, Dwarka Sudarshan Setu. Foundation stones of all these projects were laid by the Prime Minister and he dedicated them to the nation also. “When there is willpower and respect for the taxpayers' money, only then the nation moves forward and gets ready for a big leap”, he added.

The Prime Minister illustrated the scale by listing the activities of just one week. He mentioned a massive educational push from Jammu with dozens of higher education institutes like IIT, IIMs and IIIT on 20th February, on 24 th February he dedicated 5 AIIMs from Rajkot, and more than 2000 projects including revamping more than 500 Amrit Stations was done this morning. This streak will continue during his visit to three states in the coming two days, he informed. “We lagged in the first, second and third revolutions, now we have to lead the world in the fourth revolution”, the Prime Minister said.

He continued by furnishing the details of the nation's progress. He gave figures like 2 new colleges daily, a new university every week, 55 patents and 600 trademarks every day, 1.5 lakh Mudra loans daily, 37 startups daily, daily UPI transaction of 16 thousand crore rupees, 3 new Jan Aushadhi Kendras per day, construction of 14 KM road everyday, 50 thousand LPG connections everyday, one tap connection every second and 75 thousand people came out of poverty everyday.

Referring to a recent report on the consumption pattern of the country, the Prime Minister highlighted the fact that poverty has reached its lowest level till date into single digit. As per data, he said that consumption has increased by 2.5 times as compared to a decade ago as people's capacity to spend on different goods and services has increased. “In the last 10 years, consumption in villages has increased at a much faster rate than that in cities. This means that the economic power of the village people is increasing, they are having more money to spend”, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the government has developed infrastructure keeping rural needs in mind resulting in better connectivity, new employment opportunities and income for women. This strengthened rural India, he said. “For the first time in India, food expenditure has become less than 50 per cent of the total expenditure. That is, the family which earlier used to spend all its energy in procuring food, today its members are able to spend money on other things”, the Prime Minister added.

Pointing out the trend of vote bank politics adopted by the previous government, the Prime Minister underscored that India has broken out of the scarcity mindset in the last 10 years by putting an end to corruption and ensuring that the benefits of development are distributed equally. “We believe in governance of saturation instead of politics of scarcity”, PM Modi emphasized, “We have chosen the path of santushti (contentment) of the people instead of tushtikaran.” This, the Prime Minister said, has been the mantra of the government for the past decade. “This is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”, the Prime Minister said, elaborating that the government has transformed vote bank politics into politics of performance. Highlighting the Modi Ki Guarantee Vehicle, the Prime Minister said that the government of today is going door-to-door and providing facilities to the beneficiaries. “When saturation becomes a mission, there is no scope for any kind of discrimination”, PM Modi exclaimed.

“Our government is moving forward keeping the principle of Nation First paramount”, the Prime Minister remarked, as he mentioned the critical decisions taken by the government to resolve old challenges. He touched upon the abrogation of Article 370, construction of the Ram Mandir, ending of triple talaq, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, One Rank One Pension, and creation of the post of Chief of Defense Staff. He underlined that the government completed all such incomplete tasks with the thinking of Nation First.

The Prime Minister stressed the need to prepare the India of the 21st century and threw light on the rapidly progressing plans. “From space to semiconductor, digital to drones, AI to clean energy, 5G to Fintech, India has today reached the forefront of the world”, he said. He highlighted India’s growing prowess as one of the biggest forces in digital payments in the global world, the fastest-growing country in Fintech Adoption Rate, the first country to land a rover on the south pole of the Moon, among the leading countries in the world in Solar Installed Capacity, leaving Europe behind in the expansion of 5G network, rapid progress in the semiconductor sector and rapid developments on future fuels like green hydrogen.

Concluding the address, the Prime Minister said, “Today India is working hard towards its bright future. India is futuristic. Today everyone says – India is the future.” He also drew attention to the importance of the next 5 years. He reaffirmed the belief to take India's potential to new heights in the third term and wished that the coming 5 years be years of progress and praise for India’s journey to Viksit Bharat.