- PM addressed Visva-Bharati University in Bengal on its centenary at the moment
- Rabindranath Tagore’s imaginative and prescient was the essence of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”: PM
- Trinamool has complained that Mamta Banerjee was not invited to the occasion
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the Visva-Bharati University in Bengal on its centenary at the moment, stated its iconic founder Rabindranath Tagore’s imaginative and prescient was the essence of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” or self-reliant India. He additionally stated known as the college embodied Indian nationalist sentiment throughout Independence with the steering of Rabindranath Tagore.
“Guided by Gurudev (Rabindranath Tagore) Visva-Bharati presented a strong image of Indian nationalist sentiment during Independence. Gurudev wanted entire humanity to benefit from India’s spiritual awakening. Atmanirbhar Bharat vision is also a derivative of this sentiment,” PM Modi stated in a digital handle to Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan.
“Be it the Visva-Bharati University, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Andhra University, Anna Malai University, and several others are premier institutions and came up around the same time, in the same era, and gave momentum to India’s thirst for knowledge. Today, as more and more people are getting a good education, we now have to work to build a strong and wise nation – one that is self-reliant. We must take inspration from all those who have contributed to making India great over the centuries and millennia. We must also keep in mind the India that our freedom fighters envisioned when they fought of our independence. That is why we are now at the stage to create an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
The tribute to one among Bengal’s most well-known sons is important at a time an acrimonious marketing campaign for subsequent 12 months’s election has seen the ruling Trinamool Congress and its primary challenger, PM Modi’s BJP, preventing over the state’s legacy and largest icons. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress accused the centre of “insulting” her by not inviting her to the occasion.
During his speech, the Prime Minister additionally highlighted Tagore’s connect with his house state Gujarat, maybe as a retort to Mamata Banerjee, who has repeatedly stated she is not going to permit Bengal to be become Gujarat.
“When I speak about Gurudev, I cannot help but indulge in speaking a little about his visits to Gujarat. He used to visit his elder brother who was posted there. He even wrote two of his famous poems whilst in Gujarat. Why I say all this, it is because it shows how India has always been about diverse cultures coming together and living in harmony. We are a nation of varied cultures, languages, clothing, food, and much more, yet a lot binds us together and it is this unity in diversity that is our biggest strength. It is all about ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat‘,” stated the Prime Minister. He additionally referred to Tagore’s sister-in-law, saying she launched fashionable sari-draping to India.
The Trinamool Congress reacted sharply to the PM’s feedback and likewise known as him out on “pronunciation and factual errors”.
Bengal minister Bratya Bose stated the try to hyperlink Tagore and Gujarat was inexplicable.
“Tagore’s brother who was in Gujarat was not the oldest brother. His wife’s name was Gyanadanandini, not what the PM said. The story about Gyanadanandini and the sari pallu is a myth, not true,” stated Mr Bose.
He additionally critiqued PM Modi’s feedback on Visva-Bharati symbolizing nationalism. “The PM spoke of nationalism, Tagore said nationalism was the most divisive thing. Using religion to divide was not what Tagore advocated. His novel ‘Gora’ was about religion and what it eventually means to man. His novel ‘Ghare Baire’s’ message was that nationalism is an addiction that divides,” the senior Trinamool chief remarked.