Present with us in the program Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijaybhai Rupani ji, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Nitinbhai, my colleagues from the Council of Ministers Shri Parshottam Rupala ji, Shri Mansukhbhai Mandaviya ji, Anupriya Patel ji, my colleague in Parliament and Gujarat Pradesh BJP President Shri C.R. Patil ji, all the ministers of the Gujarat government, all the fellow MPs present here, the MLAs of Gujarat, all the trustees of Sardar Dham, my friend Shri Gagjibhai, all the respected members of the trust, all the friends carrying forward this noble work, and brothers and sisters!
We have a tradition of worshiping Ganesha before undertaking any auspicious work. And fortunately, the inauguration of Sardar Dham Bhavan is happening on the occasion of the holy festival of Ganesh Puja. Yesterday was Ganesh Chaturthi and now the entire country is celebrating Ganeshotsav. I wish you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganeshotsav. Today is also Rishi Panchami. India is a country of sages, and our identity is based on the knowledge, science and philosophy of sages. Let us carry forward that legacy. We have grown up with the spirit that may our scientists and thinkers guide the entire humanity. With the same spirit, I wish you all a very Happy Rishi Panchami.
The tradition of sages gives us the energy to become better human beings. With this spirit, we celebrate the day of forgiveness, by doing 'Michchhami Dukkadam' after the Paryushan festival as per the Jain tradition. I offer 'Michchhami Dukkadam' to all the citizens of the country. This is such a festival and a tradition where we should admit our mistakes, rectify them and resolve to do better. This should be a part of our life. I extend best wishes to all the countrymen and all the brothers and sisters on this holy festival, and I bow at the feet of Lord Mahavir.
I also bow at the feet of Sardar Saheb, our source of inspiration and Iron Man, and pay my homage to him. I also congratulate all the members associated with Sardar Dham Trust, who have shaped this wonderful project of service with their dedication. Your dedication and determination to serve is an example in itself. With your efforts today, the foundation stone of the second phase of Girls’ Hostel has been laid along with the inauguration of this grand building of Sardar Dham.
Facilities like the state-of-the-art building, girls’ hostel with modern resources and modern library will empower many youths. On one hand, you are strengthening the prosperous business identity of Gujarat through Entrepreneur Development Centre, on the other hand, those youths are getting a new direction who want to pursue Civil Services or Defense and Judicial Services through the Civil Service Center.
Your emphasis on the empowerment of the youth of the Patidar community as well as the poor and especially the women is really commendable. Hostel facilities will also help many daughters to move forward.
I am sure that Sardar Dham will not only become a foundation for building the future of the country, but will also inspire the future generations to encompass the ideals of Sardar Saheb. One more thing I would like to tell you is that we are celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence and are being inspired by remembering the freedom struggle of the country. But the sons and daughters who are 18, 20, 25 years of age and who are going to study in this hostel will be in a decisive role in 2047 on the occasion of the 100 years of independence. The resolutions that you take today regarding India in 2047 will be ordained from this holy land.
The importance of the date on which Sardar Dham is being inaugurated today also has a bigger message related to it. Today is September 11th i.e., 9/11! A date in global history which is also known for the attack on humanity! But this date has also taught a lot to the entire world!
Over one century ago, on September 11, 1893, there was the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. Speaking at that global platform, Swami Vivekananda introduced the world to the human values of India. Today the world is feeling that the same human values will bring about a permanent solution to attacks like 9/11, which has completed 20 years. On one hand, we have to remember the lessons drawn from such terror attacks, and on the other, we have to try hard to implement human values.
Today is another big occasion. Today is the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati. The vision of ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’ that Sadar Saheb carried, the same philosophy overflows in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati. Look at his thinking! He lived in Tamil Nadu, but would say Himalaya is ours. When he used to say that where else would one find such a stream of Ganga, when he used to describe the glory of the Upanishads, he used to provide more grandeur to the unity of India, to the excellence of India. Subramania Bharati drew inspiration from Swami Vivekananda and was influenced by Sri Aurobindo and gave a new energy and direction to his thoughts while living in Kashi
Today I am also making an important announcement on this occasion. It has been decided to establish a chair in Banaras Hindu University in the name of Subramania Bharati ji. Tamil is a prosperous language. It is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is a matter of pride for all Hindustanis. The Subramania Bharati chair will be set up at the Faculty of Arts in BHU on Tamil studies. This will inspire students and researchers to build a developed India which was dreamt of by Bharati ji.
Subramania Bharati ji always laid special emphasis on the unity of mankind and the unity of India. His ideals are an integral part of India's thought and philosophy. Whether donors like Dadhichi and Karna of mythological times, or great men like Maharaja Harshavardhana in medieval times, India still takes inspiration from this tradition of offering everything for service. It is in a way such a mantra of life that teaches us to return manifold from where we take it. Whatever we have got, we have got it from this soil. Whatever progress we have made, it has been done in the midst of this society, because of the society. Therefore, what we have got is not only ours; it also belongs to our society and our country. We give back to the society what belongs to the society, and the society multiplies it and then gives it back to us and our next generations. This is such an energy cycle that gets accelerated with every effort. Today you are giving further momentum to this energy cycle.
When we make a resolution for society, then society only gives us the strength to accomplish it. At a time when we are celebrating the Amrit Mahotsav of freedom, the country has given the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas' as well as 'Sabka Prayas'. Gujarat has been a land of shared efforts from the past till today. Gandhiji started the Dandi Yatra from here, which is still a symbol and inspiration of the collective efforts of the country in the freedom struggle.
Similarly, in the Kheda movement, under the leadership of Sardar Patel, the unity of farmers, youth and poor forced the British government to capitulate. That inspiration and energy is still standing in front of us in the form of 'Statue of Unity', a skyscraper statue of Sardar Saheb on the soil of Gujarat. Who can forget that when the idea of Statue of Unity was put forward by Gujarat, how the entire country became a part of this effort? Then farmers had sent iron from every corner of the country. Today, this statue is a symbol of the unity of the entire country, a symbol of united efforts.
Brothers and sisters,
The country also became a partner in the roadmap of 'success through co-operation' which was presented by Gujarat, and today the country is also getting its benefits. I am happy that Sardar Dham Trust has also set goals for the next five and ten years for itself through collective efforts. Today the country is also moving ahead with similar goals to fulfill the dreams of hundred years of its independence.
Now a separate cooperative ministry has also been formed in the government. Necessary steps are being taken so that the farmers and youth can get the full benefit of the cooperatives. Continuous efforts are being made to bring forward those sections of the society who have been left behind. Today, on the one hand, several projects are being implemented for the rights of Dalits and backwards, while on the other hand, 10 percent reservation has been given to the people who are economically backward. It is the result of these policies that there is a new confidence in the society.
There is a saying: "सत् विद्या यदि का चिन्ता, वराकोदर पूरणे" i.e., one who has knowledge and skill does not have to worry for his livelihood and his progress. A capable person makes his own way for his progress. I am glad that a lot of emphasis is being laid on education and skills by the Sardar Dham Trust.
Our new National Education Policy also focuses on skill enhancing education. The National Education Policy will prepare the students for the skills needed in future and for the global realities from the very beginning. Today the 'Skill India Mission' is also a big priority of the country. Under this mission, lakhs of youth have got an opportunity to learn different skills and are becoming self-reliant. Under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme, youth are getting opportunities for skill development along with studies, and they are also earning income.
Gujarat itself is also making rapid efforts in this direction through 'Manav Kalyan Yojana' and many other such schemes. I also congratulate the Gujarat government for these efforts. It is the result of efforts of several years that while the school drop-out rate has come down to less than 1 percent in Gujarat; lakhs of youth are making their future through skill development under different schemes. Entrepreneurship is natural among the youth of Gujarat. Today this talent of the youth of Gujarat is getting a new eco-system through a campaign like Startup India.
I am told that Sardar Dham Trust is also making efforts to connect our youth with global business. The Global Patidar Business Summit will take forward those goals, which were once initiated by Gujarat through the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. Patidar society is known for giving a new identity to the business wherever they go. This skill of yours is now being recognized not only in Gujarat and the country, but all over the world. But there is another great feature of Patidar society. The interest of India remains paramount for you wherever you live. The contribution you have made in the economic progress of the country is amazing and inspiring too.
Even during difficult times, if the work is done with full faith and as a duty, then outcomes are also positive. The corona pandemic derailed the economy of the entire world. It had a great impact on India too. But our economy is recovering at a faster rate than it was stalled due to the pandemic. When major economies became defensive, we were undertaking reforms. When global supply chains were getting disrupted, we started the PLI scheme to turn the tide in India's favour. Recently, it has been decided to extend the PLI scheme to the textile sector. Its huge benefit will accrue to the textile sector of the country and cities like Surat.
India has no dearth of opportunities in the 21st century. We have to see ourselves as a global leader, give our best and do our best. I am sure that Gujarat, which has contributed to the progress of the country, will make further concerted efforts. Our efforts will not only give new heights to our society, but will also take the country to the pinnacle of development.
With these best wishes, thank you all very much once again!