Updated: January 21, 2022 1:49:22 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday flagged “attempts to tarnish” India’s image and said giving precedence to rights and “completely forgetting” about duties ever since Independence had left the country weak.
At the same programme — the virtual national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’ — Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot told the Prime Minister that peace and brotherhood are the most pressing needs of the day as there is an atmosphere of violence in the country.
Prime Minister Modi also virtually launched seven initiatives dedicated to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the spiritual organisation Brahma Kumaris.
Delivering the keynote address, Modi said there is a tendency to tarnish the image of India, including at the international level.
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“You are all witness to how there are attempts to tarnish India’s image. A lot of it happens at the international level too. We cannot get away from this by saying that this is just politics. This is not politics, this is the question of our country. Today, when we are celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, it is also our responsibility that the world should know India properly,” the Prime Minister said.
He said organisations such as Brahma Kumaris, which have an international presence, should convey the correct picture of India to the people of other countries and tell the “truth about the rumours being spread about India”.
Modi also appealed to such organisations that they should encourage foreign citizens to come to India and learn about the country. “In whichever country you have branches, you should try that at least 500 persons come to visit India from each branch, to know about India,” he said.
The Prime Minister said it needs to be admitted that in the 75 years after Independence “the evil of ignoring duties and not keeping them paramount has entered our society, our nation and each one of us”.
He said that during this period, “we only spent time talking and fighting about rights”.
Modi stressed that the talk of rights, to some extent, may be correct in some circumstances, but forgetting one’s duties completely has played a major role in keeping India weak.
Earlier, addressing the PM, Chief Minister Gehlot, who joined the programme via video conferencing from Jaipur, said: “We want to create and strengthen peace, harmony and brotherhood which is also needed the most today because it is being seen that there is an environment of tension and violence in the country. You and all of us want to get rid of it.”
“I believe that we can progress a society and a nation only by taking the road to truth and non-violence. Where there’s peace, there’s development,” he said.
Founded in India in 1937, Brahma Kumaris identifies as “a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal”. While their headquarters is in Mount Abu in Rajasthan, they claim to have a presence in over 100 countries.
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