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My citizen brothers & sisters of Bhavnagar… We have threefold confluence today on the lands of Bhavnagar. The State Government has decided to celebrate ‘The Republic Day’ on the lands of Bhavnagar and it is selected as two great sons of Bhavnagar, who have lead their lives in such a manner that it will inspire many forthcoming generations, there is centenary of the kind king Krishna Kumar Singhji and 150th year of a person with amassing knowledge and adminitration Shri Prabha Shankar Pattaniji, such a unique occasion that can be associated with the Republic Day and could be celebrated and so the State has chosen Bhavnagar.

There was a time when 15th August or 26th January became programmes almost for school children, a mere ritual. It was like we ourselves had lost our vital force. But from last few years, we have made this entire celebrations enliven, meant for the people, an event for awakening of people power and that this valuable Independence is not just a programme to cast vote, it is for the Indian soil to carry the responsibility for the well being of the entire human race and if it is to maintain the responsibility, then it becomes our collective responsibility that we all should come together and try to fulfill the dream of Swami Vivekananda that “I can see my Bharat Mata in splendid condition and placed at the position of Universal Mentor”. To fulfill this dream of Vivekanandji, we need to put combined efforts with complete commitment, we need to become brave. The utmost level of efforts and courage only can fulfill the dream of Swami Vivekanandji. We have tried in the direction of making Bharat Mata grand by joining the power of the people in the development journey through continuous celebration of such occasions for awakening. We have transformed such occasions into the festival of development. Many people say me that Sir, as we clean our houses during Diwali, the same way we clean, burnish the whole Bhavnagar on the occasion of 26th January. You feel happy but I feel sad because you will next ask me when will you bring back the celebration of 15th August or 26th January here again, so that we can have cleaning..! Ladies & Gentlemen, as a citizens it is our duty to keep Bhavnagar clean and tidy. It begins from that sense of responsibility. We remember Gandhiji at every step, but if any true tribute is to be offered to Mahatma Gandhiji, then I would say that there can not be a better tribute for Mahatma Gandhiji then the insistence for cleanliness, to practice cleanliness and to live with cleanliness. How much tons of filth was cleaned… I had not come to dump this rubbish from Gandhinagar, but I have to come to clean it up..! We need to bring this change, change in our nature and if we do this, then in the entire world when India is considered as the country of 21st century, such important matter should not be neglected.

Ladies & Gentlemen, as we have considered this event as a festival, for last one month many developmental works have been initiated, dedicated and planned in Bhavnagar City and District. Generally if work is carried according to the tendency of the Government, then papers keep on moving, files goes on and on… takes at least one-two years, but on this occasion of 26th January, the works have been given shape on the lands of Bhavnagar within 10 to 15 days. The entire developmental work gets faster. And for that purpose, developmental works worth Rs. 140 crore are offered within a month. During the same period, new works of Rs. 155 crore have been launched along with new planning for development programmes worth Rs. 424 crore. You could imagine, on the occasion of 26th January, how the development works can be accelerated, and because of that even citizen partnership also increases. How a single festival can give so much inspiration to the people can be placed as an example in front of the entire nation.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Gujarat is a small State. The whole nation gathers at Delhi to watch the parade on 26th January. And after Delhi, if at all anywhere 26th January is celebrated which attracts attention of the country then it is on the lands of Gujarat, this situation is now established. Freedom lovers, great people who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom must have framed many dreams and handed us the nation. They struggled a lot, they were hanged to death, they rendered their youthful life behind the bars, so that our Bharat Mata may become Independent..! They have handed this independent India to us. It is the responsibility of 120 crore citizens of this country to convert this independence into good governance. Six crore Gujaratis have initiated the exemplary work of taking Gujarat in that direction. Our efforts are to take it further.

Ladies & Gentlemen, today since I have come among you on the occasion of 26th January to celebrate the Republic Day, as we are also celebrating Krishna Kumar Singhji’s centenary, I wish to offer Gohilwad with a reward. And the memento is that from today onwards Bhavnagar University will be known as ‘Krishna Kumar Singhji Bhavnagar University’ and I hope that each and every student studying here will be prepared not just by taking name of the king, but by getting inspiration he may gear up himself to inspire coming new generation. Ladies & Gentlemen, today morning I have laid foundation stone of ‘Ro-Ro Ferry Service’ at Ghogha. I have got the opportunity to fulfill the dream that was left pending from last 3-4 decades. It’s a moment of pleasure for me. I can see how the form of development would be changed. But at the same time, Alang got recognized across the world as a ‘Ship Breaking Yard’, but we did not progress ahead. How long will we do breaking up, it’s enough now..! We have broken many ships and sold scrap… Now I want to take it in a new direction and for that with the investment of Rs. 175 crore, the Government has decided to construct a ‘Marine Ship Building Yard’ here. Manufacturing of ships will be done here, the skills of the youth here will make the means of crossing the ocean. We have thought to work in that direction. In Nava Madhia, a new Industrial Estate will be established by GIDC, the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, in 2300 hectares so that small scale industries, youth may get employment opportunities. Ladies & Gentlemen, there is speedy urbanization in Gujarat. The amount of urbanization in the Gujarat is more than that of India. In near future, 50-55% people of this State will start living in only few cities. Ladies & Gentlemen, as human beings require lungs for its survival, similarly cities also need lungs. If the city is without lung, then the human being residing over there will never lead a healthy life and hence to provide Bhavnagar with sturdy lungs, it is decided to develop ‘Victoria Park’ as a beautiful tourist spot. It is planned to build a modern Gems and Jewellery Park on the land of Bhavnagar’s ‘New Jahangir Mill’. Friends, there is a very big jewellery market in the whole world, but India is still in negligible state in the world market. We want to capture that big world market. We have the skill. Even today if you go to Thailand, you will find the goldsmiths of Bhavnagar showings their talents in Thailand. Today also whenever Gems and Jewellery exhibitions are organized in Dubai, there also creations of artisans of Bhavnagar and Rajkot are sold in the world market. Ability is there, then why don’t we have such opportunities on this land..! Hence, it has been decided to build a Gems and Jewellery Park on this land. Ladies & Gentlemen, I had not announced anything in Bhavnagar during ‘Sadbhavna Mission’, but today on this occasion I announce Rs. 1900 crore for the development of Bhavnagar, nearly Rs. 2000 crores in this coming one year, before the next 26th January. Friends, when this Pratapbhai and others were in the Assembly, the budget of even the entire government was not Rs. 2000 crore..! Today, I am announcing Rs. 1900 crores for the developmental programmes within one year. About Rs. 494 crore will be spent for water supply schemes for Gariadhar and Bhavnagar and we have taken as challenge to permanently solve the drinking water problem of Gariadhar and Bhavnagar. For the works related to Narmada Canal-Branch covering 92 villages including Vallabhipur, Botad, Limbdi and for the irrigation of 65,000 hectares of land, a big amount of approximately Rs. 125 crore is decided to be spent for the farmers. Ladies & Gentlemen, provision of nearly Rs. 225 crore will be made from this for irrigation facility in 8500 hectares of land via pipeline from Narmada Canal Branch linking Botad, Goma, Sukhbhadar Dam, Krishnasagar Lake. Ladies & Gentlemen, along with Rs. 1900 crores, while the Republic Day is being celebrated here, an additional amount of Rs. 1 crore for Bhavnagar city, Rs. 1 crore for Bhavnagar District and Rs. 1 crore for Municipal Corporations of Bhavnagar District, all together a cheque amounting to Rs. 3 crores will be given by me from here itself.

Ladies & Gentlemen, while celebrating the Republic Day, the previous day is celebrated as ‘Voters Awareness Day’ (Matdata Jagruti Divas) in the whole country. In democracy, the importance of citizen is extraordinary, but unfortunately in our country, the meaning of democracy has become very limited. The voting is done every fifth year and it is like giving a contract to someone do something within 5 years… and if he does not do, next time the contract is given to someone else. Such a trend has been established. Ladies & Gentlemen, there should be participation of the people in the journey of development in democracy. It is not over by just pressing a button. People’s partnership is required every moment and so when we are moving ahead by celebrating the festival of people’s participation as festival of development, when the entire country is celebrating today as ‘‘Voters Day”, it is my request to all the citizens that it is the fundamental condition for the success of democracy that every adult citizen should be a voter and every voter should be voting, then only the democracy prospers. We shall celebrate this event today and tomorrow the Republic Day also. The constitution, offered to us by the great personalities like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and others, has given us a promise to protect our federation, promised to defend our union. Let us take oath for the protection of the federal structure. Tomorrow when we hoist the tricoloured flag, let us resolve in the witness of this tricolour that we will not let even a minor harm to the federal structure of India, we will not allow any sinful activity that may disrupt the unity of the nation. And for the unity and integrity of India, protection of the federal structure in letter and spirit, if we express these feelings then only the State Government and the Central Government can work together for the progress of the country. May the tricolour flag and the architects of the constitution bestow their blessings for the fulfilment of this resolution and with their sentiments let us all move ahead.

Today after the completion of my programme, we will watch a glance of ‘Bhavsabhar Bhavnagar’. Our friends from Youth & Cultural Activities, Shri Bhagyeshbhai Jha and Fakirbhai Vaghela, under whose guidance many traditions have been developed such as to make this national festival, a festival to relive the history also, an occasion to educate the new generation by dramatising the historical events. Shri Vishnubhai Pandya keeps on researching continuously in this matter, he keeps on searching numerous books so as to serve the best to the new generation.

It was the dream of Swami Vivekananda to see Bharat Mata to be splendid and placed on the position of ‘Universal Mentor’. To fulfil these dreams of Swami Vivekananda, as a citizen we all should be committed to work hard and to be mighty. The highest degree of hard works and courage can fulfil the dreams of Swami Vivekananda.

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Baba Saheb Ambedkar was a person with universal vision: PM Modi
April 14, 2021
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We have to give opportunities to the youth according to their potential. Our efforts towards this is the only tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar: PM

Namaskar!

Present with me in this programme, Gujarat Governor Acharya Shri Dev Vrat ji, the country’s Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Vijay Rupani ji, Education Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendra Singh ji, Chairman of UGC Prof. D.P.Singh ji, Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ami Upadhyay ji, Association of Indian Universities President Prof. Taj Pratap ji, all dignitaries and friends.

Today when the country is celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, the occasion of Babasaheb Ambedkar ji's birth anniversary also connects us with that great yagna and also with the inspiration of the future. On behalf of the grateful nation and all the countrymen, I pay my respectful homage to Babasaheb.

Friends,

During the freedom struggle, millions and millions of our freedom fighters dreamt of a harmonious and inclusive India. Babasaheb made the beginning in realizing those dreams in the form of the Constitution to the country. Today India is creating a new future and achieving new dimensions of success by following the same Constitution.

Friends,

Today, the 95th meeting of the Vice Chancellors of Association of Indian Universities is taking place on this auspicious day. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University has announced the establishment of 'Babasaheb Samarasta Chair'. The four books written by Shri Kishore Makwana ji have also been released on Babasaheb's life, his thoughts and ideals. I congratulate all the dignitaries involved in these efforts.

Friends,

India has been the mother of democracy in the world. Democracy has been an integral part of our civilization and our way of life. Babasaheb laid a strong foundation to independent India so the nation could move forward while strengthening its democratic heritage. When we read and understand Babasaheb, we realize that he was a person of universal vision.

There is a clear vision of Babasaheb's philosophy in Shri Kishore Makwana ji's books. While one of his books introduces Babasaheb’s “Jeevan Darshan” (philosophy of life), the other focuses on “Vyakti Darshan” (individual philosophy). Similarly, the third book highlights Babasaheb's “Rashtra Darshan” (national philosophy), whereas the fourth book “Aayam Darshan” will introduce his philosophy of dimension to the countrymen.  These four philosophies are no less than modern scriptures in themselves.

I would like our new generation in colleges and universities to read more and more of such books. All these dimensions, whether it is the inclusive society, the concern for the rights of the Dalit-deprived society, the question of upliftment and contribution of women, or Babasaheb's vision on education and especially on higher education, will offer an opportunity to the youth of the country to understand Babasaheb.

Friends,

Doctor Ambedkar would say:

"My three revered deities are -- Knowledge, self-respect and politeness.” Self-respect comes with knowledge and makes a person aware of his or her rights. Through equal rights, social harmony emerges and the country progresses.

We are all familiar with Babasaheb's struggles of life. The position that Babasaheb reached after so many struggles is a great inspiration for all of us. Our education system and universities have this responsibility to carry the country forward on the path shown by Babasaheb Ambedkar. And when it is the issue of common goals and shared efforts as a nation, collective efforts become the means of accomplishment.

Therefore, I think the role of Association of Indian Universities becomes very important. AIU also has the legacy of scholars like Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ji, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Smt. Hansa Mehta and Dr. Zakir Hussain.

Dr. Radhakrishnan ji would say: “The end-product of education should be a free creative man, who can battle against historical circumstances and adversities of nature”.

It implies that education should be such which should liberate the person, so that he can think openly, and make something new with a new thinking. He believed that we should develop our education management as a unit of the entire world. But at the same time, he emphasized the Indian character of education. This becomes even more important in the global scenario today.

Here special issues were released on the new 'National Education Policy' and plan for its implementation. These issues are detailed documents how National Education Policy is a futuristic policy, a policy of global parameters. You all scholars are familiar with the nuances of the National Education Policy. The purpose of education that Dr. Radhakrishnan ji spoke about is reflected in the core of this policy.

I am told that this time the theme of the seminar is - 'Implementing National Educational Policy-2020 to Transforming Higher Education in India'. All of you deserve congratulations for this.

I have been constantly discussing NEP with experts. National Education Policy is as practical as its implementation.

Friends,

You have dedicated your entire life to education. You all know very well that every student has his own capability and capacity. Based on these capabilities, students and teachers also have three questions.

First: What can they do?

Second: What is their potential if they are properly taught?

And, third, what they want to do?

What a student can do is his inner strength. But if we add institutional strength to his inner strength, his development becomes expansive. With this combination, our youth can do what they want to do. Therefore, the country’s special emphasis is on skill development. As the country is moving ahead with the mission of the AatmaNirbhar Bharat, the role and demand of skilled youths is also increasing.

Friends,

In view of the strength of skills, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had placed greater emphasis on the collaboration of educational institutions and industries decades ago. Today, the country has immense opportunities, and there are new industries of modern times. India is being looked upon as a future centre of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D printing, Virtual Reality, Robotics, mobile technology, geo-informatics, smart healthcare and defence sector. The country is taking huge steps to meet these requirements.

Indian Institutes of Skills are being set up in three big metropolitans of the country. The first batch of the Indian Institute of Skills has already started in Mumbai a few months ago in December. The Future Skills Initiative was launched with NASSCOM in 2018. This initiative offers training in more than 150 skill sets in 10 emerging technologies.

Friends,

The new National Policy on Education also provides for NETF which emphasizes the maximum use of technology in education. We want all universities to be multi-disciplinary. We want to give flexibility to students so that they can complete courses anywhere easily through the easy entry-exit and Academic Bank of Credit. Every university in the country will have to work together to achieve all these goals. All the Vice Chancellors have to pay special attention to this.

A huge skill pool will be created in our universities for the new possibilities that we can create in the country. All of you are requested to work in this direction more expeditiously and the work should be completed within a stipulated time.

Friends,

The country is rapidly transforming the lives of the poor, Dalits, the victims, the exploited and the deprived following the footsteps of Babasaheb Ambedkar. Babasaheb talked about equal opportunities and equal rights. Today, schemes like Jan Dhan accounts are leading to financial inclusion of every person and through DBT money is reaching directly to their accounts.  The BHIM UPI that was launched for the digital economy has become a great strength for the poor today. Today, every poor person is getting a house and free electricity connection. Similarly, work is in the progress to provide clean water to villages under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

When there was a corona crisis, the country stood up for the poor and the labourers. There is no discrimination among the poor and the rich in the world's largest vaccination program. This is the path shown by Babasaheb and these are his ideals.

Friends,

Babasaheb always emphasized on women empowerment and made many efforts in this direction. It is with this vision that the country is giving new opportunities to its daughters today. From toilets at home and schools to combat roles in the army, women are at the centre of every policy of the country today.

Similarly, the country is working to spread Babasaheb's message to the people. The places associated with Babasaheb are being developed as Panch Teerth.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to dedicate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre. Today, this Centre is emerging as a centre of research on social and economic issues and on Babasaheb's life.

Friends,

Today, we are close to 75 years of independence, and we have goals for the next 25 years. The country’s future, the future goals and successes of the country are linked to our youth. It is our youth who will fulfill these resolutions. We have to give opportunities to the youth of the country to the best of their ability.

I am confident that our collective resolve and conscious efforts of the education world will realise this dream of a New India.

Our efforts and the hard work will be our tribute to Babasaheb.

With these good wishes, I once again thank you all very much. I wish you all the very best on Navratri. I also extend my special greetings on the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar.

Many thanks.