NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday remembered Indian advocate of non-violence Acharya Vinoba Bhave on his birth anniversary and said that Bhave carried forward the noble Gandhian principles after the country attained independence.
The Prime Minister described Bhave as ‘thinker par excellence’ and said that his emphasis on collective spirit has always inspired generations. “Mahatma Gandhi described him as someone who was absolutely against untouchability, unwavering in his commitment to India’s freedom and a firm believer in non-violence as well as constructive work. He was a thinker par excellence,” PM Modi tweeted.
Vinoba Bhave is known as the originator of the Bhoodan Movement and was fluent in various languages including Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit.
“Acharya Vinoba Bhave carried forward the noble Gandhian principles after India attained independence. His mass movements were aimed at ensuring a better quality of life for the poor and downtrodden. His emphasis on collective spirit will always continue to inspire generations,” his tweet further read.
Vivekananda’s speech in Chicago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday recalled the September 2001 terror attacks in the United States and said that the speech given by Vivekananda in Chicago on September 11, 1893, has the permanent solutions for the incidents like 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, the Prime Minister said: “It is 9/11 today, a date that is remembered in the history of the world as an attack on humanity… but the same date also taught us
“September 11 is also important because Swami Vivekananda in 1893 delivered a speech in Chicago teaching the world about our humanitarian values. The world has realised that these teachings will give the permanent solutions for the incidents like 9/11 terrorist attacks,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also announced that Subramania Bharati chair on Tamil Studies will be set up in the Faculty of Arts at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for research fellows and students to mark the 100th death anniversary of Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi.
PM Modi also extended greetings to people on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi.
“Before starting any new work we offer our prayers to Lord Ganesh, and fortunately, the inauguration of Sardardham Bhavan is also being done on the auspicious occasion of ‘Ganesha’ festival. Yesterday was ‘Ganesh Chaturthi and today the entire nation is celebrating the festival,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and performed ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls’ hostel) through video conferencing.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel were also present at the occasion.
Inaugurates Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and performed ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls’ hostel) on Saturday through video conferencing.
Sardardham has been working towards educational and social transformation, upliftment of the weaker sections of society and providing employment opportunities to the youth, as per the official release by the Prime Minister’s office.
Set up in Ahmedabad, the Sardardham Bhavan includes state-of-the-art facilities for students, with modern amenities. The Kanya Chhatralaya will be a hostel facility for 2,000 girls irrespective of economic criteria.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel were also present at the occasion. (ANI)