My dear Sisters and Brothers of Gujarat,

The people have spoken yet again and they have spoken loud and clear! The results of the 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections have yet again established the victory of development politics and good governance over everything else! I thank the people for their affection, support and unwavering faith in our Party as well as Government. The people have given us a resounding mandate and I assure that we will leave no stone unturned to upholding the faith placed in us by the people.

Most importantly I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Almighty, who showered us with blessings at every moment and gave us immense strength to serve the people of Gujarat for the last 11 years.  Today, we are happy to have again got the opportunity to be blessed by the Almighty through serving the people for the years to come. 

These elections are a victory of the people of Gujarat! It is a victory of Gujarat’s Nari Shakti that has made its voice heard. It is a victory of our youth, who have taken this election on their shoulders right from the beginning, it is a victory of our farmers, the underprivileged, our senior citizens who have stood by us. These elections are a victory of Gujarat’s model of Sarvasparshi (all pervasive), Sarvasamaveshak (inclusive) and Sarvangi (holistic) model of development and good governance.

I consider it the strength of India’s democracy that a man like me, who was born in the most ordinary of ordinary households, has got an extraordinary opportunity to serve society for so many years. I grew up among the people and it is their love and affection that has got me this far and given me the sacred opportunity to serve them day and night.

For those youngsters who aspire to serve society and work towards nation building, there is a lot to learn from the Gujarat Elections. Very often youngsters are disappointed on whether doors will open for them in a system where pedigree seems to matter more than hardwork. Gujarat has shattered this cliché and demonstrated to the world that if you have the urge to serve our Motherland and the ability to overcome any obstruction come what may, then you will be given that opportunity to work irrespective of what dynasty or community you belong to!

A profound thanks to the BJP Karyakartas, who fought as one team and tirelessly worked towards making the Lotus bloom more than ever before in Gujarat. This victory is the story of the sacrifices and determination of lakhs of our Karyakartas.

I have always stated that the Gujarat elections will be remembered as an election that will bring a paradigm shift in electioneering across India. By placing the development agenda above everything and by comprehensively rejecting the partisan agenda of casteism, votebank politics as well as divide and rule, the people of Gujarat have created a historic example in the eyes of the entire nation. Today Gujarat stands Ekmat with the message that it is politics of development and good governance that triumphs!

Friends, the need of the hour is to stand united as 6 crore Gujaratis. We are not a Government only for those who voted for us, we are a Government deeply concerned about each and every individual of this state. As Gujarat marches ahead on the path to glory and pride, the growth and success of every Gujarati belonging to every caste, creed and class is vital.

Poverty, destitution or stagnation do not enter society seeing what caste, class or community a person belongs to and nor are votebank and caste politics the solution to these problems. If we are to make a qualitative difference in the lives of the people, it is by making the fruits of development and good governance reach the last person in the queue. That has been our vision and we will continue to work on it for the years to come.

In every instance of Gujarat’s development there is the mammoth contribution, hardwork and sweat of the people of Gujarat. We have only supported your hardwork by creating a people-centric environment where you can grow and prosper faster. Gujarat has revolutionized agriculture and is ushering in India’s second green revolution, Gujarat made it attractive for industries to put their money in the state so employment can be created and economic activity can be generated. Gujarat focused on basic infrastructure –
bijli, paani and
sadak -so that your work does not get hampered due to lack of basic amenities. We have eliminated the influence of middlemen and agents corroding the delivery of benefits under our poverty alleviation schemes.

To give you an example, over the last decade Gujarat has witnessed the rise of a neo middle class. The improvement in their lives is a result of their hardwork. This is the real Gujarati spirit- one which has stood the test of time. Our government’s economic policies have enabled them to taste the fruits of development and scale new heights of prosperity. It becomes our duty to continue to take care for the well being of this new segment in Gujarat’s society.

A very common question I have been asked is- Modi ji what is going to be your agenda in the coming years vis-à-vis Gujarat’s development. In the coming years we will continue serving our people, create opportunities for each and every one of you to prosper. We will build a Gujarat where not only you are happy but also where your future generations lead a life of happiness. The journey towards a Bhavya and Divya Gujarat has just begun!

 

Friends, the best is yet to come!

 

Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat.

Narendra Modi

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Tribute to Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj
March 29, 2024

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the grand festival of Lok Sabha elections, the news of the demise of Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj brought my mind to a standstill for a few moments. Srimat Swami Smaranananda Ji Maharaj was a pioneer of India's spiritual consciousness and his demise is like a personal loss. A few years ago, the demise of Swami Atmasthananda Ji and now the departure of Swami Smaranananda Ji on his eternal journey has left many people bereaved. My heart, like that of crores of devotees, saints and followers of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, is deeply saddened.

During my visit to Kolkata earlier this month, I had gone to the hospital to enquire about Swami Smaranananda Ji’s health. Just like Swami Atmasthananda Ji, Swami Smaranananda Ji too dedicated his entire life for spreading the ideas of Acharya Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Mata Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda across the world. While writing this article, the memories of meetings and conversations with him are getting refreshed in my mind.

In January 2020, during my stay at Belur Math, I meditated in the room of Swami Vivekananda. During that visit, I had a long conversation about Swami Atmasthananda Ji with Swami Smaranananda Ji.

It is widely known that I had a close relationship with Ramakrishna Mission and Belur Math. As a seeker of spirituality, I have met different saints and mahatmas and been to many places over the period of more than five decades. Even in Ramakrishna Math, I got to know about the saints who dedicated their lives to spirituality, among whom personalities like Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji were prominent. Their sacred thoughts and knowledge provided contentment to my mind. In the most important period of my life, such saints taught me the true principle of Jan Seva hi Prabhu Seva.

The lives of Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji are an indelible example of the motto of Ramakrishna Mission ‘Atmano Mokshaartham Jagaddhitaaya Cha’.

We all are inspired by the work being done by Ramakrishna Mission for the promotion of education and rural development. Ramakrishna Mission is working on India's spiritual enlightenment, educational empowerment and humanitarian service. In 1978, when the disastrous flood struck Bengal, Ramakrishna Mission won the hearts of everyone with its selfless service. I remember, when an earthquake ravaged Kutch in 2001, Swami Atmasthananda Ji was among the first people to call me and offer all possible assistance for disaster management on behalf of the Ramakrishna Mission. Under his direction, Ramakrishna Mission helped many people who were affected by the earthquake.

Over the past years, while holding various positions, Swami Atmasthananda Ji and Swami Smaranananda Ji laid great emphasis on social empowerment. Those who know the lives of these great personalities will definitely remember how serious these saints were towards modern education, skilling and women empowerment.

Among his many inspiring traits, one thing that impressed me the most was Swami Atmasthananda Ji’s love and respect for every culture and every tradition. The reason for this was that he used to travel continuously and had spent a long time in different parts of India. He learned to speak Gujarati while living in Gujarat. He used to even speak with me in the language and I loved listening to his Gujarati!

At different points in India's development journey, our motherland has been blessed by many saints and seers like Swami Atmasthananda Ji, Swami Smaranananda Ji who have ignited the spark of societal change. They have motivated us to work with a collective spirit and address all the challenges our society faces. These principles are eternal and will act as our source of strength as we embark on developing a Viksit Bharat during the Amrit Kaal.
Once again, on behalf of the entire nation, I pay homage to such saintly souls. I am confident that all the people associated with the Ramakrishna Mission will further move ahead on the path shown by them.
Om Shanti.