PM and Chinese President visit Sabarmati Ashram

Published By : Admin | September 17, 2014 | 20:19 IST

The Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today visited the world famous Sabarmati Ashram of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi, a place inspiring the people world over even today to take the path of peace and non-violence,  in Ahmedabad this evening.

The dignitaries were welcomed at the Sabarmati Ashram, also known as Gandhi Ashram, by Gujarat Chief Minister Smt. Anandiben Patel along with young Harijan girls of the Ashram.

At the Ashram, the Chinese Premier played the ‘Charkha’ (a traditional cotton wheel used by Mahatma Gandhiji to weave his clothes) to pay a rich tribute to Gandhiji. Two dignitaries paid a floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and offered a cotton thread to Gandhiji’s photograph.

Mr. Jinping and Mr. Modi spent few moments at the Ashram to experience the closeness with Gandhiji and his ideology of peace and non-violence. During their stay, the duo also visited ‘Hridaykunj’, a place Gandhiji was using as home in the Ashram. They also saw the photo exhibition depicting the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Later, Mr. Modi gifted a replica of citation awarded to Gandhiji by the Chinese community in Johannesburg, Africa, in 1908, to Mr. Jinping. While Ashram’s people gifted a book titled as ‘Gandhiji In Ahmedabad’ and an oil-painting showing the historical moment of Gandhiji commencing the famous Dandi March from the Ashram, to the Chinese President.

The Chinese President described his visit to the Gandhi Ashram as one of the most memorable and enlightening moments of his life.

The young-girls of the Ashram played Gandhiji’s most loving  and famous bhajan “Vaishnav jan to tane re kahiye je pid parai jane re”.

Others who were present on the occasion included, Gujarat’s Education Minister Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, Gujarat’s Protocol Minister Mr. Pradipsinh Jadeja, Chief Secretary Dr. Varesh Sinha, Tourism Secretary Smt. Sonal Mishra and office bearers of the Gandhi Ashram.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a vibrant public meeting in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, invoking nostalgia and a forward-looking vision for Himachal Pradesh. The Prime Minister emphasized his longstanding connection with the state and its people, reiterating his commitment to their development and well-being.

“When the country didn't even know Modi, I was among you. Times have changed, but Modi has not changed. Modi's relationship with Himachal remains the same,” PM Modi remarked.

Highlighting his continuous engagement with the state, PM Modi sought the people’s blessings for a third term of the BJP government. He said, “Today, I have come to seek your blessings for the BJP government for the third time. I need your blessings to make India strong, to make India Viksit, and for a developed Himachal. Five phases of elections have already taken place in the country. A BJP-NDA government is assured. Now, Himachal will score a hat-trick with a 4-0 victory. Vote for those who will form the government. What is the point of wasting your vote? So, say with me, ‘Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar.”

Addressing the strategic importance of Himachal Pradesh, a state bordering the frontier, PM Modi underscored the necessity of a robust government. “Himachal Pradesh is a state bordering the frontier. The people of Himachal understand the importance of a strong government. Modi will risk his life for you but will not let any harm come to you. The weak Congress government used to plead around the world. Modi says, why should India go to the world? India will fight its battles on its own.”

The Prime Minister also highlighted the infrastructural developments under his administration, contrasting them with the previous Congress regimes. “This is the same Congress that left the border areas of India to their fate. Modi has given many times more money than Congress. Today, hundreds of kilometers of new roads have been built along the border. Today, the lives of soldiers and our people living near the border have become easier.”

PM Modi highlighted the successful implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme, a long-standing demand of military personnel fulfilled under his leadership. “Congress made military families yearn for One Rank One Pension for four decades. Congress used to say they would bring OROP by showing just 500 crores. This was a huge insult to our army because it was impossible to implement OROP with just 500 crores. It is Modi who has implemented OROP. Modi has given about 1.25 lakh crore rupees to former soldiers through OROP. That's why people say, Modi delivers what he guarantees.”

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Reaffirming his government's commitment to development, PM Modi listed the various initiatives taken for Himachal Pradesh, including the establishment of prestigious educational institutions and infrastructural projects. “No one thought that institutions like IIIT, IIM, and AIIMS could exist in Himachal. But with Modi, it is possible. Himachal has received a bulk drugs park and a medical device park. Himachal is among the first states in the country where the Vande Bharat train started.”

“Modi has guaranteed to make 3 crore sisters associated with self-help groups ‘Lakhpati Didis.’ Modi has also brought a big scheme to make your electricity bill zero. With the ‘PM Suryaghar Muft Bijli Yojana’ your bill will be zero, and you will also earn thousands of rupees. Just as Modi has fulfilled previous guarantees, Modi will fulfill these guarantees as well,” he added.