Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that after independence, those who loved the country felt bad that its vision was not “Bharat-centric” till the time that then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister.
“After independence, those who loved the country and had knowledge about it and had respect for the word ‘Bharat’, felt bad that though the country is free, its vision was not Bharat-centric but on something else. This was in the minds of many for several years,” Amit Shah said on December 30 while attending the Pujya Purani Swami Smriti Mahotsav organised by Swaminarayan Gurukul Vishwavidya Pratishthanam in Ahmedabad.
“All Bharatiya Janata Party workers started working on changing this vision from 1950 onwards. Several generations of our party strived to make that happen and many even lost their lives till the day came when Gujarat’s Chief Minister became the country’s Prime Minister and the whole world is singing the praise of Bharat,” Amit Shah added.
Singing praises on India’s achievements throughout the decades, the Union Minister said that the country is now on the way to being the top mobile phone manufacturer, third when it comes to start-up and renewable energy.
“Today, we are progressing towards being the top mobile phone manufacturer, we rank third as far as start-ups are concerned, third in renewable energy production and no one doubts us now as far as security is concerned,” Amit Shah said.
Amit Shah suggested that Article 370 led to the birth of separatism and terrorism until its abrogation in 2019.
“For years, we have been bearing the brunt of Article 370, which led to the birth of separatism and terrorism. On August 5, 2019, Modi brought an end to Article 370 with one stroke of a pen,” Amit Shah said.
Speaking on the Narendra Modi Government’s policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism, Amit Shah said, “With surgical strikes and air strikes, we gave a message to those who used to mess with our borders not to take on our defence forces, otherwise, they will get a firm response from us, even within their homes. Zero tolerance towards terrorism is Narendra Modi’s policy.”
Thanking the Swami Narayan Sampradaya for its help in advancing the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan of Gujarat, the Home Minister said, “Swami Narayan Sampradaya has enlightened several people. I must admit that if the gurukul of Swami Narayan Sampradaya had not worked in different places in Gujarat, the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan of Gujarat would have been left incomplete.”
(with inputs from ANI)