RUDRAPRAYAG (Uttarakhand): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that country’s success is no longer bound by old ways and a ‘new India’ has a new vision to be one of the leading economies in the future.
While addressing people at Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the Prime Minister said, “India’s success is no longer bound by the old ways; new India has a new vision to be one of the leading economies in the future.”
Prime Minister Modi after inaugurating various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores in Kedarnath, said the new development projects will enhance the journey of devotees to the holy shrine, “The improved amenities and safety measures ensure that we are prepared for future calamities,” he said.
He further lauded the efforts of the Uttarakhand government for working proactively in connecting Char Dham with well-constructed roads and highways “which will help in boosting tourism initiatives and employment in the state”.
“I thank the Uttarakhand government, Chief Minister Pushkar Dhami, and all those who have taken responsibility for these works and development,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that these pilgrim centers are not limited to tourism and a source of enjoyment but rather a “way of living for Indians and makes us who we are”.
“India is celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and making new goals for development and success,” said PM Modi.
The Prime Minister today offered prayers at Kedarnath Temple. This is Prime Ministers’ second visit to the temple during his term; the last time he visited the Kedarnath temple was in 2019.
He unveiled the 12-feet statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the premises of the Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district and inaugurated various re-development projects worth Rs 130 crores.
These projects include Saraswati Retaining Wall Aasthapath and Ghats, Mandakini Retaining Wall Aasthapath, Tirth Purohit Houses and Garud Chatti bridge on river Mandakini.
“The new development projects will enhance the journey of devotees with improved amenities and safety measures to ensure that we are prepared for future calamities,” said the Prime Minister.
Located on the bank of the Mandakini river, Kedarnath Temple is the of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’ which also include Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Built in the 8th century A.D. by Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Importance of national security
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in his address to soldiers at the Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir, with whom he celebrated Diwali, said that national security does not merely mean defending India’s geographical boundaries but also defending the country’s national vibrancy, national unity, and national integration.
“Empires come and go but India was eternal thousands of years ago and remains so today and will remain eternal after thousands of years later. We don’t perceive the nation as government, power or empire, for us, it is a living, present soul, defending this is not limited to defending just the geographical boundaries. For us national defence means defending this living national vibrancy, national unity, and national integration,” said PM Modi. The Prime Minister like all his previous years in the constitutional position celebrated Diwali with armed forces this year too.
The Prime Minister further said that the country has been giving a befitting reply to those attempting to disturb the peace in the region.
He said, “The role played by this brigade during the surgical strike fills everyone with pride. I will remember that day forever as it was decided that all soldiers should return before sunset… I was sitting beside the phone and was asking about the whereabouts of every soldier”
“There were many attempts to disturb the peace here but each time they were given a befitting reply,” the Prime Minister added.
In his address, the Prime Minister also lauded the soldiers for serving on Indian borders and pointed out that security personnel were the “suraksha kawach” (armour) of the nation.
The Prime Minister further said that it is because of the soldiers that people can sleep peacefully.
“Today I have in front of me brave brothers and sisters who have the good fortune of serving our motherland. I can see the dedication to protect our land in your eyes. It is because of you, we are able to celebrate our festivals with peace,” said the PM.
“I am not here as a Prime Minister but as your family member to celebrate Diwali,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister paid tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Last year the PM had celebrating Diwali with soldiers at Longewala in Jaisalmer.
In 2019, the Prime Minister had celebrated Diwali with soldiers in the Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)