True grit

Published By : Admin | September 16, 2016 | 23:46 IST
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27th October 2013 would have passed off as yet another Sunday had it not been for the gruesome and unfortunate bomb blasts that ripped through Patna’s iconic Gandhi Maidan just as the BJP’s then Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi was to address a rally there.

As the enthusiastic crowd thronged the venue, one by one bombs ripped through the ground.

When Shri Narendra Modi reached Patna he had two choices- either to return to Gujarat and not address the rally (and add to the fear at the large venue) or to come and speak at the rally.

Not only did Shri Modi address the rally but also made a very passionate plea for Hindus and Muslims to come together and fight poverty instead of fighting each other. He also repeatedly told the record audience to disperse peacefully and in an orderly manner without causing inconvenience to anyone.

Later, it transpired that there was a bomb beneath the stage where Shri Modi was speaking.

Weeks after the rally, Shri Modi remarked, “My organizational experience has taught me that even a rumor that an animal is on the loose at the rally venue can cause so much chaos so imagine what would have happened had someone announced there are bombs or if I would not have addressed the rally. I was clear that there was no question of not going on stage.”

A week later, Shri Modi was again in Patna to meet the families who lost their near and dear ones due to the bomb blasts.

Patna’s Hunkar Rally is remembered as a turning point. It illustrated wonderfully what true leadership is particularly in the most adverse circumstances. The message of fighting poverty and not each other also resonated in the hearts and minds of a billion Indians.

 

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"Jaago Bharat Ke Laal" — How PM Modi motivated citizens to keep up the fight against Article 370
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On 5th August 2019, in a historic move, Article 370 and Article 35 A were abrogated. This led to complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country.

The temporary Articles, which were in place for almost 70 odd years, denied rights to the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Both these Articles were a huge hurdle in development of the region. Abrogation of these Articles fulfilled the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and countless citizens.

Since the early 90s, Shri Narendra Modi had raised his voice against the Article 370 and motivated people to keep up their fight against it. He spread awareness how the Abrogation of these Articles would benefit our nation.

Bhavna Thakur, a Karyakarta from Gujarat reminisced the time when Shri Modi, during the organisational days, used to discuss about the Article 370. In a video, she said, "When Modi Ji used to take lectures during the organisational days, he would tell us a lot about the nation as well as the Article 370. He talked about the difficulties we had to face due to the Article 370 and how its abrogation will be good for the nation."

Smt. Thakur further said that to motivate all the Karyakartas, Shri Modi even used to sing a song.

"The song is in Gujarati. It goes like: Kashmir Bharat Nu Kevay, Eto Koi Thi Na Chhinvay, Jando Farki Rahio Chhe Hindustan No, Jaago Jaago Re Bharat Maa Na Laal, which means wake up all Indians, no one can take Kashmir from us. It is an integral part of our nation and will always be," recalled Bhavna Thakur.

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