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Narendra Modi woos Muslim entrepreneurs, asks them to become job creators

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lauded Muslim population for their contribution to the growth of the state. (Photo: PTI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi lauded Muslim population for their contribution to the growth of the state. (Photo: PTI)
Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | Posted: February 7, 2014 4:31 pm

Asking the Muslim community to become job-creators instead of job-seekers, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi on Friday asked members of the minority community to ‘stand on their own feet’ and not ‘seek help’ for a living. Modi said this while addressing a gathering, primarily consisting of Muslim businessmen from Gujarat and the middle-east countries.

“Dear friends, we have to make our own efforts. It is not good for any community to extend their arms and seek help for a living,” said Modi while addressing a handful of Muslim businessmen during the inaugural function of a three-day conclave on business harmony organised by a socio-economic organisation – Ummat – that helps over 1200 Muslim businessmen network with each other in the state

“We will have to stand on our own feet. Our kids have to become job-creators and not job-seekers,” Modi said on the opening day of three-day event that was meant to bring together Hindu and Muslim businessmen in Gujarat and bridge the “trust” gap existing between them.

“I have felt since childhood, that even the poorest of the poor kid of a Muslim is born talented. For instance, they make or repair locks… They have the skill, but do not have the opportunity. We want to give them the opportunity,” Modi told the 150-strong gathering, mostly consisting of participants and stall-attendants at the conclave which is being supported by the Gujarat government.

The Gujarat’s chief minister also floated an idea “to map the top 10-12 talents” inherent in the youths from the Muslim community.” Such talented people from the Muslim community should be brought together. They will not only stand on their own feet, but will also provide new addition to the productivity of Gujarat,” Modi said adding that while suggesting ways and means to bring the Muslim youth in to the “mainstream”.

Modi also cited several examples of Muslims in Gujarat who made a name of their own. Apart from the traditional kite-making and textile printing sectors that employ a number of Muslim artisans, he narrated the efforts of an old gentleman from Dharampur in Valsad district who used to make musical instruments, and a young farmer Ismail Sheru from Banaskantha who currently holds the record of maximum potato cultivation over a hectare.

“In Gujarat, during the last ten years, we have literally lived the four different ‘mantras’ of security, equality, prosperity and equity,” he said while simultaneously stating that efforts should be made to enhance the skills of Muslim women entrepreneurs and provide them a chance to be “part of equality and progress” in the state.

The BJP’s PM candidate also talked about how the image of Gujarat has changed from being a “trader’s state” to being a “manufacturing hub”. He also mentioned how Kutch continued…

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