Reply to question on Climate Change:
India is a sovereign country. No pressure from any country or any person has any effect on it. But there is pressure. Pressure about what kind of earth we shall leave for our future generations. Climate Change itself is a very big pressure. Global Warming itself is a very big pressure. And whoever worries about the future generations, has a responsibility to be conscious about Climate Change; adopt practices and policies which will ensure a good life and good environment for future generations. I believe this pressure should be on every Government, every person. We understand and respond to the same pressure.
Reply to question on personal friendship with US President Barack Obama:
As far as our conversation is concerned, let it remain concealed. Why do we meet often in this fashion. This is a significant question. I am new to this field. But on the basis of my limited experience, I can say that the relationship between two countries depends less on commas and full-stops on paper. How much openness is there between leaders, how many opportunities do they have to get to know each other, how does the chemistry match, this is very important. When we interact away from cameras, we get to know each other intimately. I and Barack share that friendship. That openness helps us talk easily on phone, chat comfortably, and even talk in a lighter vein. This chemistry has brought Barack and me closer, Washington and Delhi closer, and the people of America and India closer. This is personal chemistry. I think this matters a lot. This should grow. It grows on occasions like this.
Reply to question on Climate Change:
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid rich tribute to Pandit Jasraj on the occasion of the Jayanti of the doyen of Indian Classical Music. The Prime Minister talked of the personification of immortal energy of music by Pandit Jasraj and lauded Durga Jasraj and Pandit Shaarang Dev for keeping alive the glorious legacy of the maestro. The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation via video conferencing.
The Prime Minister touched upon the vast knowledge imparted by the sages of Indian music tradition. Shri Modi said that the strength to feel the cosmic energy and ability to see music in the flow of universe is what makes Indian Classical music tradition so exceptional. “Music is a medium that makes us aware of our worldly duties and it also helps us transcend worldly attachments” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister praised Pandit Jasraj Cultural Foundation for their goal of preserving India’s rich heritage of art and culture. He asked the Foundation to focus on two key aspects of this age of technology. Firstly, he said that Indian Music should create its identity in this age of globalisation. He said that the experience of Yoga Day has indicated that the world has benefited from Indian heritage and Indian music also has the capacity to stir the depth of the human mind. “Every person in the world is entitled to know about, learn and get benefits of Indian music. It is our responsibility to take care of that”, he said.
Secondly, the Prime Minister said that in today's era when technology’s influence is all pervasive, there should be technology and IT revolution in the field of music also. He called for startups dedicated solely to music, based on Indian instruments and traditions.
He also dwelled on recent efforts to regenerate the centres of culture and art like Kashi. The Prime Minister said that India has shown the way to a secured future to the world through its faith in environment preservation and love for nature. “In this Indian journey of development along with heritage, ‘Sabka Prayas’ should be included”, he concluded.
आज पंडित जसराज जी की जन्मजयंती के पुण्य अवसर भी है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
इस दिन, पंडित जसराज कल्चरल फ़ाउंडेशन की स्थापना के इस अभिनव कार्य के लिए मैं आप सभी को बधाई देता हूँ।
विशेष रूप से मैं दुर्गा जसराज जी और पंडित सारंगदेव जी को शुभकामनाएँ देता हूँ: PM @narendramodi
संगीत एक बहुत गूढ़ विषय है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
मैं इसका बहुत जानकार तो नहीं हूँ, लेकिन हमारे ऋषियों ने स्वर और नाद को लेकर जितना व्यापक ज्ञान दिया है, वो अद्भुत है: PM @narendramodi
आज के ग्लोबलाइजेशन के जमाने में, भारतीय संगीत भी अपनी ग्लोबल पहचान बनाए, ग्लोबली अपना प्रभाव पैदा करे, ये हम सबका दायित्व है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
जब टेक्नोलॉजी का प्रभाव हर क्षेत्र में है, तो संगीत के क्षेत्र में भी टेक्नोलॉजी और आईटी का रिवॉल्यूशन होना चाहिए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
भारत में ऐसे स्टार्ट अप तैयार हों जो पूरी तरह संगीत को डेडिकेटेड हों, भारतीय वाद्य यंत्रों पर आधारित हों, भारत के संगीत की परंपराओं पर आधारित हों: PM @narendramodi
विरासत भी, विकास भी के मंत्र पर चल रहे भारत की इस यात्रा में 'सबका प्रयास' शामिल होना चाहिए: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022
आज हम काशी जैसे अपनी कला और संस्कृति के केन्द्रों का पुनर्जागरण कर रहे हैं, पर्यावरण संरक्षण और प्रकृति प्रेम को लेकर हमारी जो आस्था रही है, आज भारत उसके जरिए विश्व को सुरक्षित भविष्य का रास्ता दिखा रहा है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 28, 2022