“Our Tricolour is a reflection of the pride of our past, the commitment of our present, and also the dreams of the future”
“Our national flag itself has been a symbol of the country's textile industry, the country's khadi and our self-reliance.”
“Our Tricolor is a symbol of India's unity, India's integrity and India's diversity”
“These campaigns of public participation will strengthen the foundation of New India”

Heartiest greetings to all of you for ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ of Independence!

A few days from now, the country is completing 75 years of its independence, and all of us are also preparing vigorously for this historic Independence Day. The Tricolor is conspicuous in every corner of India. There is no corner of Gujarat which is not filled with enthusiasm. And Surat has made it glorious. Today the attention of the entire country is on Surat. In a way, Surat Tiranga Yatra is manifesting mini India. There would hardly be any place in India whose people do not live in Surat and today the entire India in a way is participating in the Tiranga Yatra on the soil of Surat. It is also a matter of happiness that every section of the society is involved. The potential of the Tricolour to integrate can be seen in Surat. Surat has created its own identity in the world due to its trade, business and industries. The Tiranga Yatra being held in Surat today will also become a center of attraction across the world.


You have included the tableau of Mother India as well as the tableaux related to the culture and identity of the country in the Tiranga Yatra. The brave performance by the daughters and the participation of the youth is especially amazing. The people of Surat have brought alive the spirit of our freedom struggle in the Tiranga Yatra. Someone is a cloth merchant, a shopkeeper, an artisan of looms, an artisan of tailoring or embroidery, or someone is associated with transport or with diamonds and jewels. The entire textile industry of Surat and the people have made this event very grand. I congratulate all of you very much for this public participation in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign, and for this special Tiranga Yatra. I especially appreciate Sanwar Prasad Budhia ji and all the volunteers associated with the 'Saket - Seva Hi Lakshya' group who started this initiative. The support of my colleague in Parliament, CR Patil ji, is further strengthening this initiative.


Our national flag itself has been a symbol of the country's textile industry, khadi and our self-reliance. Surat has always laid the foundation for ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ in this regard. Surat's textile industry has represented the spirit of India's industry, skill and prosperity. Therefore, this Tiranga Yatra also encompasses that pride and inspiration in itself.


Gujarat has written its own golden chapter of glorious contribution in the history of India's freedom struggle. Gujarat led the freedom struggle in the form of Bapu. Gujarat gave heroes like Iron Man Sardar Patel, who laid the foundation of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ after independence. The message emanating from the Bardoli movement and the Dandi Yatra united the entire country. An integral part of this glorious past of Gujarat is our Surat and its heritage.


The Tricolor of India not only contains three colors in itself. Our Tricolor is a reflection of the glory of our past, the conscientiousness of our present and also the dreams of the future. Our Tricolor is a symbol of India's unity, integrity and diversity. Our freedom fighters saw the future and dreams of the country in the Tricolour and never let it lower down. Today, as we begin the journey of a new India after 75 years of independence, the Tricolor is once again representing the unity and consciousness of India. I am happy that the power and devotion of the country is being reflected in the Tiranga Yatra and the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign across the country. The Tricolor will be hoisted in every house of India from August 13 to August 15. Every section of the society, people of every caste, creed and religion, are coming together with a spontaneous sense of unity and identity. The entire country is aligning with new dreams and resolutions. This is the identity of the conscientious citizen of India. This is the identity of the children of Mother Bharati. Men, women, youths and elders are lending their support in this campaign and doing their duty. I am pleased that many poor people, weavers and handloom workers are also getting additional income due to the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. Such events will give a new energy to our resolutions in the ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ of Independence. These campaigns of public participation will strengthen the foundation of New India. With this belief, I wish all the very best to all of you, Gujarat, the whole country and especially the people of my Surat. And once Surat is determined, it never backs down. This is the specialty of Surat. The way Surat is progressing and attaining new heights of progress is because the people of my Surat, these are my brothers and sisters of Surat. Today the wonderful sight of this Tiranga Yatra will become an inspiration for the country as well.

I wish you all the very best.


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Srinagar Viksit Bharat Ambassadors Unite for 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Kashmir'
April 20, 2024

Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.


"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.


According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.


"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.


He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.


Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.


Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.


He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

He also provided insight into the transformative impact of the Modi government's welfare policies on people's lives. He highlighted the Ujjwala Yojana, noting that 32 crore individuals have received LPG cylinders, a significant increase from the 14 crore connections in 2014. Additionally, he mentioned the expansion of the gas pipeline network, which has grown from 14,000 km to over 20,000 km over the past ten years.

The Vision of Viksit Bharat: 140 crore dreams, 1 purpose 

The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

Join the movement on the NaMo App: https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

Amplify Development Stories: Access updates, news, and resources related to the movement.

Create/Join Events: Create and discover local events, meet-ups, and volunteer opportunities.

Connect/Network: Find and interact with like-minded individuals who share the vision of a developed India.

The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.