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Date: 12-02-2012

Place: Ambaji

 

All the TV channels are present here at this programme and they expressed their wish that it would be better if my speech is in Hindi. So with due apologies to the citizens here, I am giving the concluding speech of this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ in Hindi. As such, WE GUJARATI PEOPLE NEVER FACE ANY DIFFICULTY IN UNDERSTANDING HINDI, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN NATIONAL TREND.

Since the beginning of this Sadbhavna Mission, different people have tried to evaluate it, to assess it in different manners, some tried to find faults with it, some tried to use it for their vested interests, to attract media’s attention and even tried out something parallel to this. These whole series of such events continued in different manners. Ladies & Gentlemen, to sit for 36 days like this, meeting the people and getting their blessings, Ladies & Gentlemen, for me too, is a phenomenal experience. I had not imagined that lacs of people will join in this way. Absolutely serene programme, only fast, nothing against anyone, no expectations from anybody, still such at huge public gathering..! Those who criticize this mission, if they have slightest honesty left, whether they are from politics or not, I want to tell them all, can anyone imagine that more than one lac people from different places came by hiking to join this program, more than one lac people..! Some programs were of 25-30 KMs walk. In Mangarh, the tribal brothers trekked for five days. People from Pavagadh came walking for two days. Ladies & Gentlemen, we have heard that people go on foot for pilgrimage, but it’s wonder in itself that people from pilgrimage place come on foot to attend such programme. You can’t understand this through political glasses. Ladies & Gentlemen, in this Sadbhavna March, people came walking, came by cycle rally, by scooter rally..! In all the districts, wherever and whenever this program was held, the people there made a commitment to arrange a feast, Tithi Bhoj, for poor school going children. According to the information I’ve received so far, PEOPLE HAVE VOLUNTARILY ARRANGED SPECIAL FEAST FOR APPROXIMATELY 45 LACS CHILDREN DURING THIS SADBHAVNA MISSION. Now we realize the impact of Sadbhavna. Ladies & Gentlemen, some people decided to distribute food grains among poor. MORE THAN SIX LAC KGS OF FOOD GRAIN WAS DONATED AND DISTRIBUTED AMONG LACS OF FAMILIES. This donation worth crores of rupees was given for just one particular program. FROM ALL ACROSS GUJARAT, PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY GIVEN ME DONATIONS OF MORE THAN RS. 4 CRORES FOR ‘GIRL CHILD EDUCATION’, FOR ‘KANYA KELAVANI’. The citizens gave more than 4 crore rupees during this Sadbhavna Mission..! Ladies & Gentlemen, I am still gathering information, when I get the complete data, I don’t know where will it reach. Approx 17000 ‘Prabhat Feris’, the morning walks to spread the message of Sadbhavna in their own villages. About 17000 such walks were taken out and about 20 lac people participated in them. This is a live example of how a dream can become a mass movement.

Ladies & Gentlemen, today I’m sitting at the feet of Maa Amba. The day I began Sadbhavna Mission, I went to meet my mother and began my fast after bowing down to her & taking her blessings. And today I’ve come among you to carry forward this resolution by touching the feet of this universal mother. Fasts are on the verge of completion, but my resolution, to avowedly make the whole world aware about the power of Gujarati’s strength, has become stronger, mightier and I will surely introduce the power of Gujarat to the every individual in the world. Friends, I tend to face attacks. Maa Jagdamba has given me that strength. I CAN FACE ATTACKS VERY EASILY AND I NEITHER CARE, NOR WORRY ABOUT SUCH ATTACKS. IF I’M AT ALL WORRIED ABOUT ANYTHING, THAT IS ONLY THE PROBLEMS OF MY SIX CRORE GUJARATIS, NOTHING ELSE. I am completely involved & neck deep into it and have been devoting my life for this purpose. When I had decided to go to all districts, no one could imagine that a CM can complete a task with such determination. Today I have completed it, I’m deeply satisfied. I’m thankful to whole Gujarat, because according to my rough estimation, THERE MUST BE ABOUT 75% FAMILIES OF THIS STATE, WHOSE ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVES HAS COME TO ‘SADBHAVNA MISSION’ AND BLESSED ME. Where else one can get such good fortune..!

Friends, just look at the power of Sadbhavna, look at the way Gujarat considers different aspects. Few days ago, the Prime Minister of our country, Dr. Manmohan Singhji was addressing on TV, about 15-20 days ago. And he was saying that malnutrition is the biggest embarrassment for our country. He said it is an embarrassment, we agree, but what next? Did you get any further news? Did you hear that anything was done, Gentlemen..? Nothing..! Just expressed his sorrow, finished. See, how this Gujarat is showing the way. In each and every village of Gujarat, a fight to get rid of malnutrition has begun and people are donating thousands of Kilos of Sukhadi & dry fruits, thousands of litres of milk to distribute among malnourished children. Just look at the power of the campaign, Brothers. I want to humbly ask my friends from Congress, that shouldn’t you feel sorry, being in the public life, if any citizen, any child of this country is malnourished? Irrespective of whether you are in the Government or not. The citizens, who are distributing thousands of kilos of Sukhadi, dry fruits, thousands of litres of milk, are not in the power, are they? The PM is from your party, he has expressed his feelings, so at least you could do a noble deed of colleting something and distributing among the poor and could have shown your commitment against malnutrition, at least for your Prime Minister..! They don’t do, they don’t worry about public, they only worry about themselves. Ladies & Gentlemen, WE HAVE APPLIED OUR STRENGTH FOR YOUR CHEER, THEY HAVE APPLIED THEIR STRENGTH FOR THEIR CHAIR. This is the difference. WE ARE AIMED AT THE CHEER OF PEOPLE, WHILE THEIR AIM IS THE CHAIR OF POWER. This is a very big difference and therefore public doesn’t accept such people. Ladies & Gentlemen, the success of this Sadbhavna Mission also depends on it. Well, you will see from tomorrow that those who have been criticizing Gujarat for the last ten years will come back again in the open with full force within next 24 hours. You take my words seriously. You can see it from tomorrow itself, within next 24 hours, these people, the whole breed, who have been deforming and putting dirty allegations on Gujarat will once again openly come out with aggression, because they can’t digest the success of this ‘Sadbhavna Mission’. It’s making them restless that how can this happen..? Gujarat is much different than what we had painted. We had also told this to Muslims, but here people are hugging each other. We also told about Christians, but here they too are joining. The strength of unity, peace and brotherhood of Gujarat which is seen through the medium of Sadbhavna Mission has startled this handful of people. And my every word is going to be true. They will not sit quietly during this whole February month, they will splash new issues, one sided falsehood. I want to tell all the brothers and sisters of Gujarat from this holy place of Ambaji, that there will be more powerful attacks than that of during last ten years. But I want to assure you that we will also defeat those attacks with the help of truth, will wipe them out using the power of truth. Ladies & Gentlemen, I’ve told every time that I AM READY TO BOW HUNDRED TIMES BEFORE THE TRUTH, BUT IT IS MY NATURE TO FIGHT AGAINST LIES. We are the people who fight against the lies, we are devoted to truth. How much you will lie? To what extent will you malign my wonderful state and how long? ‘KAHO NAKHUDA SE KI LANGAR UTHA DE, HUM TOOFAN KI JID DEKHNA CHAHTE HAIN’ (TELL THE STEERSMAN TO WEIGH THE ANCHOR, WE WANT TO SEE THE OBSTINACY OF THE STORM). Friends, we have realised and experienced the strength and co-operation of public support through Sadbhavna Mission. We have presented the truth before the world assertively & with determination.

Today Gujarat is known for its development. The whole country has accepted the superiority of Gujarat for new heights of development. But this development is not like what was once thought about in our country. If someone extends an existing road of 5 KMs to 7 KMs, it was considered as development..! We have not thought like that. My vision is for overall development. Friends, this our Banaskantha, our Patan District… In what condition we were? Except dust, nothing else was in our fate for 6 out of 12 months. Scorching sun, dust storm, dirt… Friends, what else was the fate of these two districts? Today the same area is going to illuminate its name in the whole world for worship of the sun, Solar Energy. THERE IS 120 MW OF SOLAR ENERGY IN ENTIRE INDIA, 120 IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY. IN YOUR CHARANKA ONLY, IT IS 200 MW. There is a solar park being constructed near your Dhanera. Friends, the sector which we have never thought about till yesterday, has been brought in the main stream of development. Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor – Every village of Patan and Banaskantha Districts are going to be benefited by the specialised railway line to be laid down under this project. This land of Banaskantha, if any one wanted to sell or mortgage their land for their daughter’s wedding, no one would give money. Though a farmer had lot of land, he would not get money for it in Banaskantha. The land had no value. There was no buyer. No one would give loan on land, because it was not fertile. Today, how land prices have increased many folds and how my farmer has become stronger..! Today he can confidently negotiate with bankers about the price of his land and demands for loan. And bankers stand in queue and are compelled to give him the loan..! There was a time, when it was not even possible to get his daughter married. Today if somebody comes to buy land, my farmer says, “Today I’m not in good mood, better come on Wednesday”. This situation is created, this is the change that has come in this District. Ladies & Gentlemen, the shortest route to reach the sea coast passes through Banaskantha and I can see that this District is going get the maximum benefit by it for its development, it is going to cross the acme of development. Ladies & Gentlemen, everybody is happy and satisfied with whatever has been done so far. But I am thinking much ahead than this progress. I am not the person to be satisfied with just this. I want to bring so much prosperity here, that the world would be surprised that a State can progress so much. I am working hard for this dream and I am pleased with the support of six crore citizens..!

Political instability has become a normal phenomenon in India. In Gujarat too, CMs would not stay for more than 2 to 2-½ years. Today, even in the eleventh year, I am bestowed with your love. This political stability, stable policies, pace of development, new marks of progress… these are the things that compel the world to accept the excellence of Gujarat in the whole world. We want to take it further. We have to cross newer heights of our aim. May Narmada water cross new horizons of progress, but the way my farmers of Banaskantha have accepted drip irrigation and sprinkler system, now I have one more expectation from my farmers, I want to lead them to ‘Net house’. There may be a small ‘Green House’ in the field and different crops may grow there. So that, even with only two Bighas of land… One of my Thakor brothers, who has very small land, a marginal farmer with an annual income of hardly 50-60 thousand rupees. I want to take him to ‘Green Houses Technology’, so that even if he has only two Bighas of land, he may earn 8-10 lac rupees in agriculture. I want to bring that technology in Banaskantha.

Friends, things can be changed, we are marching forward with these dreams. We are going ahead in the direction of fulfilling the dream of a new world, new development. People of this country and the world have begun to acknowledge this, they are accepting the power of development in Gujarat. But it is now difficult for them to accept the strength behind this. Because they have lied so much before that sometimes it becomes difficult to accept the truth. I’ve a request for those who have often lied, that you have lied enough, now please stop telling lies and accept the power of Gujarat which lies in unity, peace and brotherhood. Those were the days when curfew would be very often, stabbings were rampant, different communities and people of different religion would fight with one another. Now ten years have passed, everything is over. There is no sign of curfew. Otherwise previously, the new born child who could not speak name of his mother or father, but could speak the word ‘curfew’. Today, children of 8-10 years don’t know what is curfew, what police lathi charge is or what tear-gas is. Gujarat is marching ahead with unity, peace and brotherhood and we have to go still further. I want to tell the Anti-Gujarat people that you do your politics out of Gujarat, play your games there. Let us, the people of Gujarat, live with unity, peace & brotherhood. Enough is enough, stop adding insult to injury. We waited, waited for everything. Neither you are able to deflect the people of Gujarat, nor can you mislead them. And now even the whole India believes that injustice has been done to Gujarat, now everybody has come to know this. And therefore, I request such people with folded hands and love that forget whatever has happened in the last 10 years, but please accept the reality of Gujarat in the coming days, please accept our truth. We are the people to work for the nation. The crops that we grow, feeds the country. We grow cotton so my countrymen get clothes. We manufacture medicines that cure the people of our country. We work for the nation. We have been tortured like the citizens of enemy..! There is a limit to everything. And therefore, Ladies & Gentlemen, I already told you before that in the coming days, they are going to try to create major disturbances. I know that they won’t succeed. They can’t do anything, but they will not give up their habit. But this support from lacs & crores of people has proved that we are on the right path of truth.

Ladies & Gentlemen, as we are sitting at the feet of Maa Amba, let us make our villages and Talukas free from even slightest differences & disputes. Only development may be our aim. DEVELOPMENT IS THE SOLUTION TO ALL THE PROBLEMS, CURE FOR ALL DISEASE AND IT HAS ABILITY TO FACE ALL THE CRISES. Generations to come can only be thought about by the way of development. And DEVELOPMENT IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT UNITY, PEACE & BROTHERHOOD. If we want to progress, we will have to establish these as a strength in every village, we will have to move forward with this capability and this happens only through Sadbhavna. I firmly believe that the crores of citizens of my Gujarat will never let my 36 days fast and my penance, go waste. They will keep unity intact. I pray for this to Maa Jagdamba and six crore citizens too. Ladies & Gentlemen, I have done penance, for the future of Gujarat, for unity, peace and brotherhood. And this is the first incident in the history of India that such type of fast had continued for such a long duration.

I know the mentality of our Congress friends. They have lost everything. It has been a long time, they have not been able to win over the public, due to this it is natural to lose mental balance and to speak nonsense is also natural after losing mental balance. If a small child is playing with a toy, a watch and we take it away from him, thinking that it might break, doesn’t he get irritated..? It’s very obvious. Our friends get annoyed for why these Congress people speak like this so much..? I even request reporters to print every word they say. I also tell friends from TV, that don’t censor anything, show everything. The masses will automatically understand their language and their culture. We don’t need to do anything. This Gujarat is a group of very cultured people. But Ladies & Gentlemen, I don’t have any ill feeling for them. They have used every word from dictionary and every abuse for me. They have used some dirty words which are not even possible to write even in the dictionary. Sometimes one feels very relieved after releasing such anger. In a way, I’ve been of help in pacifying them, this is also my Sadbhavna towards them. Sometimes I feel, if I wasn’t there, where would they release their anger? They would harass their wives, it’s good that I’m there..! I wish that may Maa Amba give them strength so that they may abuse more, may allege more, may spread more lies, may speak more nonsense things and simultaneously Maa Amba may continue strengthening our power of Sadbhavna, so that there is no bitterness for anyone. May we move forward following the great Mantra of love & good faith.

Now when I’ve arrived to Banaskantha, works worth Rs. 1100 crores from the Government budget are undergoing currently. But today when I’ve come at the holy abode of Maa Amba, I AM OFFERING ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED CRORE RUPEES, RS. 1700 CRORE, AT THE FEET OF SOIL OF BANASKANTHA for the development projects in the coming year like farmer’s position, development such as widening of roads, canal works, availability of drinking water, gas pipeline, construction of rooms for schools, building of hospitals and many other such development projects. I’m offering this money so that in coming years, we may cross the new heights of development. Once again speak with me…

 

Bharat Mata Ki Jay..!

Thank you very much….!

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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.