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"Narendra Modi attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala"
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On Thursday 26th September 2013 Shri Narendra Modi attended the 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi in Amritapuri, Kerala. In a deeply motivating and inspirational speech, Shri Modi lauded the rich contribution of the Saints and Seers in building our nation, saying there in every corner of the country there are Saints and Seers who are doing noble acts of social service. Shri Modi stated that the real spirituality is living the Mantra of ‘Sarvajan Hitai, Sarvajan Sukhai’ and that it was our forefathers who taught us that more than everything else, we should wipe the tears of the poor.

Shri Modi praised the noble initiatives of community service being done by Mata Amritanandamayi. He affirmed that our Rishis talked about everyone’s happiness and Amma is showing the way to achieve that happiness for everyone. He went on to say that leading spiritual lights such as Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo dreamt of a glorious India and it is respected leaders like Amma and other Saints who are carrying forward that mission.

Narendra Modi ji said that India is a land that has given the Mantra of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and that we have lived this Mantra for ages. Referring to the unfortunate attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and in Jammu this morning Shri Modi said, “There are two images that come to the mind. One of the attacks in Nairobi, Peshawar and Jammu and the other here. One side there are rivers of blood but here there is a Ganges of love.” 

Narendra Modi attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala

Congratulating Mata Amritanandamayi for the innovations in healthcare under her guidance Shri Modi noted that it was a big thing to see professionals and experts leave their respective careers to make a difference in the lives of the people. “Through Manav Seva, Mata Amritanandamayi is inspiring people towards Madhav Seva.” Shri Modi said he looked forward to attending Amma’s 100th birthday as well.

Shri P Parameshwara, the President of the Vivekananda Kendra delivered an inspiring address. He called the gathering a national celebration where people from all over the people are attending. He described Shri Modi as the nation’s pride, strength, hope and future.

Noted intellectual Shri S Gurumurthy described the gathering as a wonderful blend of science and spirituality. He said that when he saw Amma for the first time he felt how many would have felt on seeing Ramakrishna Paramhansa ji for the first time.

Others dignitaries who were present on the occasion were SNDP General Secretary Shri V Natesan, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Lee Hartwell, one of India’s most decorated police officers Shri Ajit Doval, Nivedita Didi ji, Shri Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Shri V Satish, Shri Ram Lal, Shri Kuldeep Bishnoi and Shri SS Dhindsa.

Narendra Modi attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala

Narendra Modi attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala

Narendra Modi attends 60th birthday celebrations of Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi in Kerala

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.