On the morning of Friday 24th May 2013 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Consultation of the YMCA Brand Building in Ahmedabad. Present on the occasion were eminent leaders of the YMCA movement and the Christian community. This included Rt. Rev. Bishop Vinodkumar Malaviya, Rt. Rev. Bishop Silvance Christian. The eminent leaders of the Indian YMCA movement showered immense praise on the visionary leadership of Shri Narendra Modi that has taken Gujarat on the path to progress.
Under Narendrabhai’s dynamic leadership, Gujarat has grown fast and become role model for development, progress and peace
Mr. John Geevargese, an entrepreneur known for his Sales India brand and JG Group of Colleges lauded Shri Modi for his development work. Mr. Geevargese is also the President of the YMCA International Centre, Ahmedabad.
He said, “We are extremely delighted to have Narendrabhai Modi here. He needs no introduction to the people of this country…under the dynamic leadership of Narendrabhai, Gujarat has grown fast and has become a role model for development, progress and peace.” Giving the examples of the wide roads, the BRTS, Sabarmati Riverfront, 108 Emergency Service, GIFT city, Mahatma Mandir, Science City etc., Mr. Geevargese said that one would lose count if they start seeing in detail what Shri Modi has done for Gujarat.
Mr. Geevargese stated that Gujarat is a blessed land that has given birth to stalwarts such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and Shri Narendra Modi. Referring to Shri Modi’s statement in Kerala he said, “I saw news that the Chief Minister visited Kerala and said that in Gujarat there is a person from every Taluka of Kerala but sir, I would like to say that there is one from every village of Kerala, living peacefully in Gujarat.”
“Not seen Mahatma Gandhi or Sardar Patel but fortunate to see Narendra Modi ji!”
Also speaking on the occasion was Dr. Rolland Williams, the President of the National Council of YMCAs of India and Managing Director of Merilyn Shipping and Transport Company based in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Williams pointed that this is the first time such a meeting of the YMCA was being held in Gujarat and he shared that it was an honor to meet Shri Modi, who he described as the promise of India. He added that the YMCA family would agree that Shri Modi is the most appropriate leader to flag off new change processes in India vis-à-vis the YMCA movement.
Dr. Williams said that during his stay in Gujarat he has personally witnessed the change in the state. “I am not only fascinated by the beauty but also the safety,” he affirmed and added that Ahmedabad is the safest place in the country. He said that this is a place where young women can walk through the streets anytime during the day or night. He said that Gujarat is extremely welcoming for investors and visitors alike and is an empowering place for the youth to build their future. Dr. Williams also pointed that Gujarat is a state that cares for the environment. Giving credit to Shri Modi’s leadership, Dr. Williams said, “Credit for this goes to the leadership and determination of Shri Modi. I wish and hope the nation benefits from the Gujarat experience. Here, aspirations, expectations and dreams have been more than fulfilled. Shri Modi values clarity of vision, sense of purpose and diligent perseverance as essential qualities.”
Dr. Williams quoted two powerful quotes of Shri Modi and stated, “Many of us are coming here for the first time. We have not seen Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel but we are fortunate to see Modi ji. We are praying for him and upholding him in our prayers.”