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Need to remember lessons taught by 9/11, also try to implement human values: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi was virtually addressing an event in Ahmedabad where he inaugurated Sardar Dham, a Rs 200-crore complex of the Patidar community, and laid the foundation stone of a girl’s hostel on the same campus.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: September 12, 2021 3:25:32 am
Narendra Modi, 9/11PM Narendra Modi (file photo)

Remembering September 11 attack on the World Trade Centre in the United States 20 years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said we have to remember the lessons taught by such terror incidents and simultaneously strive to implement human values that India represents.

“Today is September 11 or 9/11. A date in global history which is known for the attack on humanity,” said Modi while virtually addressing an event in Ahmedabad where he inaugurated a Rs 200 crore complex of the Patidar community christened as “SardarDham” and laid the foundation stone of Rs 200 crore girl’s hostel in the same campus.

“On the same day, someone did teach the world a lot. Over one century ago, on September 11, 1893, when at World Parliament of Religions was organised in Chicago. On this day, Swami Vivekananda while standing on that global platform, introduced the world to the human values of India. Today the world is feeling that the same human values will bring about a permanent solution to event incidents like 9/11. On one side we have to remember the lessons from such terror incidents and on the other side we have to try hard to implement human values,” he added.

Modi also announced the setting up of a chair in memory of Tamil poet and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati at the Faculty of Arts in Banaras Hindu University (BHU). “Today is the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati. The vision of “Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat,” that Sadar saheb (Sadar Vallabhbhai Patel) carried, the same philosophy overflows in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati.”

“Tamil language is a prosperous language. It is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is a matter of pride for all Hindustanis. On Tamil studies, the Subramania Bharati chair will be set up at the Faculty of Arts in BHU. This will inspire students and researchers to build that developed India which was dreamt of by Bharatiji. He used to stress on India’s unity and the human unity,” Modi said at the event where Union Ministers for Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Parshottam Rupala and Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya were present, along with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.

Heaping praises on the influential Patidar or Patel community that is expected to play a crucial role in the state Assembly elections in Gujarat next year, PM Modi said, “Your stress on women empowerment, along with helping the poor and the youth of Patidar community, is commendable.”

The idea of setting up Sardardham that will prepare young men and women from the community to prepare for private and government jobs was proposed by Vishwa Patidar Samaj when the Patidar agitation against unemployment was at its peak in 2015.

“I have full faith that SardarDham will not only become an institution that will contribute in nation-building, but it will inspire future generations to live with ideals of Sardar Saheb,” he added.

Modi also pointed out that his government has given 10 per cent reservation to economically back communities. The Patidar community in Gujarat has been seeking inclusion in the OBC list. Modi said the school dropout rates in Gujarat has dropped below one per cent and youths in Gujarat are being skilled for future jobs. “Wherever the Patidar Samaj goes, they give a new character to the business of that place. This skill of yours is being recognised not just in India, but all over the world,” he added.

Speaking at the event before resigning from his post, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said, “The Gujarat government takes all communities along. The government has always been proving help in places that benefits communities and nation. Today I announce that for the land for building the girl’s hostel in SardarDham (Phase-II), the government will enforce 30 per cent less deduction so that you all use more land for the project.”

Among the state cabinet ministers who were present at the event were Pradeepsinh Jadeja, Kaushik Patel, Jayesh Radadiya, Bhupendrasinh Chudasma. BJP state president CR Paatil Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani was also present at the occasion.

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