Small personal resolutions go a long way in bringing about sweeping changes in the life of a country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday as he invoked the Ramayana where even a little squirrel helped to Lord Ram’s victory over Ravan. Shah said all Indians should make small personal resolutions, like never breaking traffic rules or wasting food during India’s 75th year of independence, as these small steps can lead to loss of life. big changes.
Addressing a meeting of BJP workers and intellectuals from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Port Blair, Shah said Congress had done nothing for the people of the archipelago during his decades-long rule.
He also paid tribute to freedom fighters VD Savarkar and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, saying the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were inextricably associated with their struggle for independence.
This is the year of the swearing-in, especially for BJP workers, as the party was formed with the dream of making the country great. If the 130 crore people of the country take small resolutions, a big change will occur, as we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav, ” he said, referring to the events held as part of the 75th anniversary of independence of India.
Resolutions can be personal. If a 10 year old boy decides not to break the traffic rules and complies with them, it will be a big contribution (for the country). If a 3-4 year old girl vows to never leave a grain of rice on her plate after eating, it can lead to a big change in the country, ” he said.
Shah, who has been on a three-day visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands since Friday, also urged people to commit to turning off lights, fans and air conditioners before leaving a room.
“There are bigger tasks … but small tasks can be accomplished by all of us. If 130 crore people take a step in one direction, the country will take 130 crore steps forward, ” he said.
Shah said that people don’t have to die for the country like Bhagat Singh did because India is now an independent nation, but they have to live for it.
“ If we live for the country, if we link our activities to the interest of the country, all the little problems at home, in our localities, villages and states will be solved, ” he said, referring to an episode from the Ramayana epic. where even a squirrel was carrying pebbles to help build the “Ram Setu” in Lanka, where the demon king Ravana had imprisoned Sita.
“We can create an atmosphere in the country that can make it great. An atmosphere that will inspire the youth, an atmosphere that can solve the country’s problems, ” he said.
Several zamindars and sons of wealthy Bengal men were held in Port Blair cell prison for participating in the struggle for independence, Shah said.
“I don’t know if they’ve seen an independent India, many haven’t. If they had not fought for independence, we would not have breathed this air of freedom, ” he said.
Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to celebrate “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav” on the occasion of the 75th year of independence so that future generations will know about the struggle that has been waged to liberate the country from colonial domination and the heroes of this struggle.
There were a number of unknown freedom fighters who did not find a mention in the history books. These unsung heroes lived in little-known villages … we want the world to know them, “Shah said.
He referred to the struggles of VD Savarkar, “who suffered physical and mental torture” in the Andamans cell prison but “did not bow to the British”.
He (Savarkar) could see far into the future. He had an answer to every cunning maneuver of the British government. If one studies his writings properly, one can understand how broad his vision was on the security issues that the country would face years later, ” Shah said.
Shah recalled how Subhas Chandra Bose flew the national flag over the archipelago and spoke of his struggles.
Listing government plans implemented by the Modi government, Shah attacked Congress, alleging that he ruled the country for many decades but failed to even provide basic facilities such as a septic toilet and hookup. electric to every Andamans house.
The leaders of Congress could not even think of laying submarine cables from Chennai to Andaman and Nicobar, when the Modi government did and there is no connectivity problem in the archipelago, did he declare.
The governments of Congress have honored no one other than “Gandhi and Nehru”, he alleged. “It is the BJP government that celebrates Netaji’s birthday as ‘Parakram Divas’ (the day of bravery),” Shah said.
The Modi government erected a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the tallest in the world, in recognition of his contribution to the unification of India, he said. Referring to the forerunner of the BJP, Jana Sangh, said Shah, his election manifestos have always promised the abolition of Articles 370 and 35A granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the stop of the practice of instant triple talaq.
“After forming the government for the second time, Modiji kept all these promises in six months,” he said.
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