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Bharat Mata ki Jai…!

Bharat Mata ki Jai…!

Bharat Mata ki Jai…!

Respected Shri Nitin Gadkariji, all the national level office bearers of Bharatiya Janata Party, all the office bearers of Delhi unit of BJP and present in huge number all dear party worker Ladies and Gentlemen…!

Friends, I had never thought in life that I would get so much affection from you at 11, Ashoka Road, the party office. I am very grateful to you for the warm welcome and honor that you have given me. There is a specific reason why this incident is touching my heart. I spent important years of my life at this very 11, Ashoka Road. For many years, in one small room of this same 11, Ashoka Road, I used to do party’s work assigned to me. Brothers & Sisters, I say this from my experience, that this is the result of power of Indian democracy and strength of BJP’s organization that a person who used to spend days sitting in a corner of this office, stayed here for many years, met very few of you, used to work like a ‘Sadhak’ (devotee) working silently behind a curtain, but it is the power of the organization that has raised me to this level. And similarly, it is the power and ability of Indian democracy that by democratic process and power of votes, it can give a huge responsibility to even a commonest man and the voters of Gujarat have given me this responsibility through the democratic system. And I have come here to give account to my friends as a BJP worker. Brothers & Sisters, I am your colleague and being a colleague, I must give account to you and today is the chance for me to do that before you.

Friends, it is the result of constant hard work of lakhs of workers of Bharatiya Janata Party that today when Governments change within 2 or 2½ years, masses elect one Government three times for 12 long years, it proves the work of BJP’s organization and the Govt. Brothers & Sisters, today I am also satisfied that whatever my Government did during this 12 years of governance, whichever responsibility BJP gave us, the efforts we made to accomplish that, it is the result of that. And I feel proud that every person who loves Mother India, living anywhere in the world, is feeling proud and raising his head with honor. And being a BJP worker, it becomes my duty to fulfill the responsibility that I am entrusted in such a manner, that all my party workers can get the ability to challenge the world with confidence and pride.

Brothers & Sisters, I have tried to fulfill the responsibilities that you gave me as one of your colleagues and every time voters of Gujarat have put their stamp on those good works. Brothers & Sisters, I would surely tell the workers from my Gujarat experience that there is no alternative to hard work. Brothers & Sisters, I do believe that now the expectations and desires of common man have quite increased and to fulfill them, running the Govt. with dedication for people, to satisfy people itself is a very big liability. But we have been able to do that sacred task properly due to the moral values which I got from this party and support of every small and big worker of the party. And I am proud that I have tried to carry out the liability that I have been given in such a manner that Bharatiya Janata Party is satisfied and BJP worker can take pride.

Brothers & Sisters, today in the country as well as in the world, BJP’s Gujarat governance is being talked about. I can see that for the last few years many prominent people of the country, even people of different political parties too, have been coming to Gujarat without even doing any media hype. They have studied in detail with the Govt., studied about the development schemes and their implementation. I invite my Delhi friends too that if the Party decides, some of you may come to Gujarat for 5-7 days and see the Govt. administration and the model that Gujarat has offered. And you have already run such big Delhi and also have seen. And I would insist that if we have any flaws, please tell us so that we can do better and serve the country in a better way. Brothers & Sisters, you may not be from Gujarat, you may not have anything to do with Gujarat, in spite of that if you have any suggestion that can be done in Gujarat and if you send it to me I will welcome it as a worker and try how those things can be implemented.

Brothers & Sisters, today I came here to attend NDC meeting and in the meeting I put my point before the Prime Minister and said that it is the country’s misfortune that the post where you are, the place from where you are speaking, an atmosphere of despair is being created in the country. Whatever you are saying, is taking the country to the bottom of deep despair. I put my point very strongly and said that you neither have any thought nor vision, there are no diligent people or any action plan to take the nation forward..!  And if this continues, we do not know how much would the country suffer. You will be shocked that before one year the Planning Commission and Indian Govt. had decided a 9% growth rate. We are much ahead of them but they could not even achieve 9% and got stuck at 7.9%. Friends, the matter of sadness is different, this time they have even stopped thinking about 9% and decided to achieve 8.2% growth rate. Now presently it is 7.9% and to achieve 8.2 means increasing by only 0.3%…! And to take this country 0.3% ahead, the whole country was gathered in Delhi today. I said that even if we all Chief Ministers make whatever efforts, but the way you are running Delhi, it does not seem possible. They have to struggle so much for this mere 0.3%, this is the condition of Delhi Government… while Gujarat is growing at 11% plus rate. In the field of agriculture, they are not able to cross 2.5-3%, whereas Gujarat is not coming below 10%. Means there is so many mismatches… today I kept all points before him. I told him that at least think a bit, the youth of the country, 65% population of India is below 35 years of age. 65% of Indian population being below 35 years means India is full of youth power. But to make this youth power join nation building, you do not have any thought, any dream, any scheme or any political will. Brothers & Sisters, you can imagine how this headship is operating this country.

Brothers & Sisters, if today there is any hope in the country, it is because of hard work of some States. A program was running since Indira Gandhi’s time, 20 point program, which was for the betterment of the poor. Whichever Government came, they continued it. It was also continued during Atalji’s time, and it was also continued further. Every 6 months its review was released. And for the last 10 years Gujarat has always got first place in implementation of 20 point program for the benefit of poor. Not only this, not a single Congress or even UPA ruled State is among first five. And when I said in a meeting before one year that this is your situation and none of your State is performing, what did Indian Govt. do? Instead of motivating their States to outperform Modi and move ahead, they took a decision that the 6 monthly Indian Govt. reports would not be released, because it was their insult…! Means they are trying to find such ways that would take the country to the bottom. It is very difficult to expect good deeds, good thinking, progress or any such thing from the current Congress party’s leadership.

Brothers & Sisters, Gujarat has promised to reach at the new heights of development and Gujarat is moving forward with the dream of equaling developed powers of the world. Friends, if China is making its domination felt in manufacturing sector, why can’t Gujarat do it, we are moving ahead with this mindset.

Brothers & Sisters, you welcomed and honored me, even our National President himself came for this, I am grateful to all of you and thank you very much..!

Bharat Mata ki Jai…!

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Namaskar!

Wishing you all a very Happy 7th International Yoga Day!

Today, when the whole world is battling the corona pandemic, Yogahas remained a ray of hope. Even though no major public events have been organized in countries around the world and in India for almost two years, the enthusiasm for Yoga Day has not diminished a bit. Despite Corona, the theme of this year's Yoga Day "Yoga for Wellness" has intensified the enthusiasm for Yoga among crores of people. I pray that every country, society and individual stays healthy, and let's all come together to become each other's strength.

Friends,

Our sages had termed Yogaas "समत्वम् योग उच्यते"i.e., remaining steadfast in every situation. They had made restraint a parameter of Yoga, being resolute in happiness and sorrow. Today Yoga has proved itin this global tragedy. In these one and a half years, so many countries, including India, have faced a huge crisis.

Friends,

Yoga Day is not the age-old cultural festival for most of the countries of the world. People could easily forget and ignore it in this difficult time. But on the contrary, the enthusiasm and love for Yoga has increased among the people. In the last one and a half years, there have been lakhs of new Yoga seekers in every part of the world. Everyone is trying to implement the first synonym of Yoga, which is said to be restraint and discipline, in their life.

Friends,

When the invisible virus of Corona hit the world, no country was prepared for it, from the point of capabilities, resources, or mental toughness. We have seen that Yoga became a great medium of self-confidence in the face of adversity. Yoga helped people to muster confidence to fight this disease.

When I talk to frontline warriors and doctors, they tell me that they also made Yoga their protective shield in the fight against Corona. Doctors also made themselves strong with Yoga, and also used it to help their patients recover quickly. Today, one finds so many stories from hospitals where doctors and nurses are teaching Yoga to patients, and patients sharing their experiences. The experts of the world are also stressing the importance of breathing exercises like ‘Pranayama’ and ‘Anulom-Vilom’ for strengthening our respiratory system.

Friends,

The great Tamil saint Thiruvalluvar has said: "नोइ नाडी, नोइ मुदल नाडी, हदु तनिक्कुम, वाय नाडी वायपच्चयल" i.e., if there is a disease, diagnose it, go to its root, find out what is the cause of the disease, and then ensure its treatment. Yoga shows this way. Today medical science also lays equal emphasis on healing and Yoga is beneficial in the healing process. I am satisfied that today experts from all over the world are conducting various types of scientific research on this aspect of Yoga.

Many studies are being done on the benefits of Yoga to our body, on the positive effects it has on our immunity. Nowadays we see that in many schools, children are being taught Yoga-Pranayama for 10-15 minutes before the start of the online classes. It is also preparing the children physically to fight against Corona.

Friends,

The sages of India have taught us-

व्यायामात् लभते स्वास्थ्यम्,

दीर्घ आयुष्यम् बलम् सुखम्।

आरोग्यम् परमम् भाग्यम्,

स्वास्थ्यम् सर्वार्थ साधनम् ॥

That is, by doing Yoga, we get good health, strengthand a long happy life. For us health is the greatest fortune, and good health is the means of all success. Whenever the sages of India have spoken about health, it is not only physical health. That is whythere is so much emphasis on mental health in Yoga along with physical health. When we do ‘Pranayama’, meditate andperform other yogic activities, we experience our inner-consciousness. Through Yoga, we experience our inner strength which is so strong that no problem of the world, no negativity can shatter us. Yoga shows us the path from stress to strength and from negativity to creativity. Yoga takes us from depression to ecstasy and from ecstasy to blessing.

Friends,

Yoga tells us that so many problems might be out there, but we have infinite solutions within ourselves. We are the biggest source of energy in our universe. We do not realise this energy because of the many divisions that exist. At times, the lives of people exist in silos. These divisions reflect in the overall personality as well. The shift from silos to union is Yoga. A proven way to experience a realisation of oneness is Yoga. I am reminded of the words of the great Gurudev Tagore, who said and I quote:"the meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of Yoga, of union."

The mantra of वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्’, which India has followed since ages, is now finding global acceptance. We all are praying for each other's wellbeing, if there are threats to humanity,Yoga often gives us a way of holistic health. Yoga also gives us a happier way of life. I am sure Yoga will continue playing its preventive, as well as positive role in healthcare of masses.

Friends,

When India proposed the International Day of Yoga in the United Nations, the spirit behind it was to make this Yoga science accessible to the entire world. Today, India has taken another important step in this direction along with the United Nations and WHO.

Now the world is going to get the power of the m-Yoga app. In this app, many videos of Yoga training will be available in different languages of the world based on the common Yogaprotocol. It is also a great example of the fusion of modern technology and ancient science. I am sure the m-Yoga app will play a big role in expanding Yoga across the globe and making the efforts of One World, One Health a success.

Friends,

It is said in the Gita:

तं विद्याद् दुःख संयोग-

वियोगं योग संज्ञितम्।

That is, Yoga is liberation from suffering. We have to carry forward this journey of humanity, which is Yoga, by taking everyone along. No matter what the place, situation, age, Yoga definitely has some solutionfor everyone. Today the number of people who are curious about Yoga is increasing very much in the world. The number of Yoga establishments in the country and abroad is also increasing. In such a situation, it is necessary that the basic philosophy of Yoga should reach every person while keeping intact its foundation and core.And this work should be done by the people associated with Yoga, the masters of Yoga andYoga preachers together. We ourselves have to take the pledge of Yoga, and we have to connect our loved ones also with this resolution. This mantra of 'Yoga to Cooperation' will show us the way to a new future and will empower humanity.

I wish you and the entire human race the very best on International Yoga Day.

Many thanks!