PM Modi in Kolkata, Attends and Addresses Various Programs

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Belur Math in Kolkata on occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti and National Youth Day. There, he addressed and interacted with the monks.

During his speech at the Math yesterday, the PM visiting the holy land of Belur Math is nothing less than a pilgrimage, but for him, it was always like going home. He added that he feels privileged to have spent the night in this holy place, and he feels the identity of all the gurus like Swami Ram Krishna Paramahamsa, Maa Sarada Devi, Swami Brahmanand, and Swami Vivekananda here.

Remembering his last visit to the Math, he said that he took the blessings of Swami Atmasthanandaji, and the Swami showed him the way of public service. He said-

“Today he is not physically present, but his work, his path, will always pave the way for us.”

Further, PM Modi said that he got a chance to spend some time with the young brahmacharis present there and even discovered that he once had the state of mind as that of the brahmacharis. He added that most of the people are attracted to this place due to Vivekananda’s thoughts, voice, and personality. He added-

“Knowingly or unknowingly, every youth of the country, are part of the Vivekananda’s resolve. The times have changed, the decades have changed, the century has changed, but Swamiji’s resolve was to inspire and awaken the youth. This effort of his would continue to inspire the generations to come.”

Addressing the country’s youth, who think they cannot change the world alone, he gave this mantra on the National Youth Day yesterday-

“We are never alone.”

Also, PM Modi said that Indian govt adopted measures to build a New India with great resolve in the 21st century, and these resolutions are not only of the government but also of the 130 crore countrymen and the nation’s youth.

The PM said that the last five years’ experience shows that the campaign of connecting with our youth would surely succeed. He said that as the energetic and passionate youth takes command, positive change can be seen in the country. The youth tends to face the problem, solve it, and challenge the challenge itself. Based on this thinking, the Central govt is also trying to look for solutions to the decades-old challenges that the nation faces.

On National Youth Day, the PM feels that it is his responsibility to convince the youth, make them understand the Citizenship Amendment Act, and clear any confusion they may have. He explained that the law of CAA does not take away citizenship but grants citizenship. It is only an amendment to facilitate the granting of Indian citizenship to people who were tortured or oppressed because of their religious faith in post-partition Pakistan. Several leaders like Mahatma Gandhi also supported it then.

Besides, even today, a person of any religion can seek Indian citizenship following the prescribed procedures. He said that the govt has also created provisions for the adverse effect on the North East’s demography because of the CAA. In spite of such clarity, some are continually spreading ruckus and confusion on the Act for political reasons.

On a concluding note, PM Modi said that our culture and constitution expect us to fulfill our duties as citizens and our duties with complete honesty and dedication. Every Indian’s duty should be equally important. Following this path, we could see our country in its natural place on the world stage. Swami Vivekananda expected this from all the Indians, and this is also at the core of Belur Math. And, each one of us is also resolving to make his dreams come true.

Watch his full address here as he paid tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his Jayanti at the Belur Math:

He also shared special moments from the Math on his official Twitter handle-

He further tweeted-

“The thoughts of Sri Ramakrishna emphasise on furthering harmony and compassion. He believed that a great way to serve God is to serve people, especially the poor and downtrodden.

At the Belur Math this morning, I paid tributes to Sri Ramakrishna.”

In another tweet, the PM wrote-

“Swami Vivekananda lives in the hearts and minds of crores of Indians, especially the dynamic youth of India for whom he has a grand vision.

Today, on Vivekananda Jayanti and National Youth Day I am at the Belur Math, including the room where Swami Ji meditated.”

Then, PM Modi took part in the Sesquicentenary (150th anniversary) celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) yesterday. To commemorate the occasion, he unveiled a plaque at the original Port Jetties KoPT. Calling it a privilege to participate in the 150th-anniversary celebrations of the KoPT a momentous symbol of India’s water power, PM Modi said-

“This port has stood witness to many a historical moment in the country like India getting independence from foreign rule. From Satyagraha to Swachhagraha, this port has seen the country changing. This port has not only seen consignors, but also the carriers of knowledge who have left a mark on the country and the world. In a way, this port of Kolkata symbolizes India’s aspiration for industrial, spiritual and self-reliance.”

Also, the PM launched the Port Anthem during the event. He said that the long coastline of India from Gujarat’s Lothal Port to Kolkata Port was not only involved in trade and business but also spreading civilization and culture globally. He added-

“Our government believes that our coasts are gateways to development. This is the reason the government started Sagarmala project for modernizing infrastructure and improving connectivity of the Ports. Thirty six hundred projects worth more than Rs 6 lakh crore have been identified under this scheme. Out of these, more than 200 projects worth more than Rs 3 lakh crore are underway and about one hundred twenty five have been completed. Kolkata Port is connected to the industrial centers of eastern India due to the construction of river waterways. And trade has become easier with countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar.”

Also, he announced that KoPT should be renamed as Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Port Trust. He said-

“Dr. Mukherjee, the son of Bengal, laid the foundation for industrialization in the country and has been very instrumental in the development of projects such as Chittaranjan Locomotive Factory, Hindustan Aircraft Factory, Sindri Fertilizer Factory and Damodar Valley Corporation. I also remember Babasaheb Ambedkar. Dr. Mukherjee and Baba Saheb gave a new vision to post-independence India.”

Moreover, PM Modi gave a cheque of Rs. 501 crore towards the final installment for meeting the deficit of pension fund of retired and existing employees of the KoPT. He even honored two oldest pensioners of the KoPT: Shri Nagina Bhagat (105 years old) and Shri Naresh Chandra Chakraborty (100 years old).

Also, the PM inaugurated Kaushal Vikas Kendra, Pritilata Chhatra, Full Rake Handling Facility, the upgraded Ship Repair Facility of Cochin Kolkata Ship Repair Unit at Netaji Subhas Dry Dock, Mechanisation of Berth No.3 at Haldia Dock Complex of KoPT, and a proposed riverfront development scheme. He added that the sooner the West Bengal state government approves of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, the sooner the people of West Bengal would be benefitted from the schemes.

Watch here his address on the completion of 150 years of Kolkata Port.

And here are some glimpses from the program PM Modi tweeted-

Also, PM Modi shared a message for the National Youth Festival organized in Lucknow. Watch here-

“Sharing my message for the National Youth Festival in Lucknow. Highlighted a variety of issues including the thoughts of Swami Vivekananda and our Government’s efforts towards empowering India’s youth.”

Earlier, on Saturday, PM Modi attended a program in Kolkata.

Also, he attended a program at Old Currency Building in Kolkata and inaugurated the dynamic lighting at the iconic Howrah Bridge on his first day of the two-day visit to Kolkata.

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