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Indian values offer solution to global terror: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during inauguration of Sardardham Bhavan and bhoomi pujan of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya (girls hostel) in Ahmedabad virtually from Delhi   | Photo Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S. as an assault on humanity. He asserted that a permanent solution to such tragedies is always found in human values of India as Swami Vivekananda had introduced in the U.S. exactly the same day in 1893.

“Today is September 11, that is 9/11, a date in the history of the world that is also known for attacks on humanity. But this same date also taught a lot to the whole world,” Mr. Modi said after inaugurating via video conference the Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad to provide residential and other facilities to students and job aspirants.

The Prime Minister said that on September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda stood on the global stage and introduced to the world India’s human values and that provides the solution to the threat of terrorism to the world.

 

“Today is September 11, that is 9/11, a date in the history of the world that is also known for attacks on humanity. But this same date also taught a lot to the whole world,” Mr. Modi said after inaugurating via video conference the Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad to provide residential and other facilities to students and job aspirants.

The Prime Minister said that on September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda stood on the global stage and introduced to the world India’s human values and that provides the solution to the threat of terrorism to the world.

“Today, the world is realising that the lasting solution to tragedies like the two decades-old 9/11 will be through these values of humanity. Also, if we need to remember lessons learnt from these terror attacks, then we also need to keep making efforts for human values with full faith,” he said.

Mr Modi stressed on the Indian humanitarian values that espouse the sense of brotherhood and humanity in the face of forces of destructions that inflict the terror in the world. He, however, did not mention the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan, but stressed that only human values can bring peace to the world.

 

The Prime Minister also announced a chair for Tamil studies dedicated to Tamil poet Subramania Bharati on his death anniversary. The chair will be set up in the Faculty of Arts at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

“Today is also the 100th death anniversary of India’s great scholar, philosopher and freedom fighter Subramania Bharati. The vision of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ that Sardar Patel Saheb carried, the same philosophy has been shining with full divinity in the Tamil writings of Mahakavi Bharati,” he said.

According to the Prime Minister, the Chair would inspire students and research fellows to work towards making the grand India that late poet Bharati dreamt about.

“Subramania Bharati also put a special emphasis on the country’s unity, and his ideals are an integral part of Indian philosophy,” Mr. Modi said, adding the new generation should learn about the ideals and patriotism that Bharati advocated in his life and through his literary works.

During his speech, PM also mentioned about the Statue of Unity built over Narmada river and said the entire country contributed in the efforts to pay tribute to Sardar Patel, who played a crucial role in uniting the country after Independence from British.

He lauded the efforts of the Patidar community that has set up new educational and vocational training campus in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. He also performed the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Sardardham Phase-II Kanya Chhatralaya, a girls’ hostel, a new campus developed by the Patidar community in Gujarat.

The first phase of Sardardham Bhavan, built over an area of 11,672 square feet has been completed at an estimated cost of ₹200 crore.

The Bhavan building has been developed by the Vishwa Patidar Samaj (VPS) with a focus on the community’s social, educational, and economic development. It consists of residential facilities for 1,600 students/aspirants, e-library with 1,000 computer systems, library, high tech classrooms, gymnasium, auditoriums, multi-purpose halls, rest house with 50 luxury rooms along with other amenities for business and political and community meetings.

The girls’ hostel is intended to house around 2,500 students. The cost of the project is ₹200 crore.


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