Sunday, June 4, 2023

Statehood Days celebrations in all Raj Bhavans – A refreshing move

Indian politics have always been based on a high scale nationalistic commitment. It also revolves around ethics and religious values based on pluralism and mutual respect and tolerance. Yet there have been challenges and some shortcomings. But when it comes to efforts made by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and his government in the last nine years we must say a lot has been achieved. A new initiative undertaken by our party-led government deserves special mention here. The government of India has rightly decided that all the states shall celebrate not only their own statehood day but also the statehood days of other states in order to promote Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Therefore, from now onwards, Raj Bhavans across the nation will commemorate statehood days of all the states. This was a refreshing move and long overdue. Imagine ‘Nagaland Statehood Day’ – December 1 – is being celebrated every year at Raj Bhavans in Gandhinagar and Hyderabad. Similarly, Shillong or Imphal will organise programmes with regard states such as Uttarakhand or Karnataka. What a better way of knowing each other and each of our states. Compare this with what we had even 25 years back. Nagas and Mizos in Mumbai airport would be asked whether they are carrying valid passports as our people looked different. This transformation in style and manner is a silent revolutionary type step and thanks to the NDA government headed by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. On Sunday, April 30, 2023 India and the rest of the world participated in a mega event, the 100th episode of Mann-Ki-Baat. People’s enthusiasm and excitement for the event across India and in states such as Meghalaya and Nagaland was worth applauding. Interacting with our party workers and hundreds of fans and admirers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion in Garo Hills of Meghalaya and later through social media have convinced me that the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme has successfully brought about “behavioural changes” among people on simple and daily chores of life. As the Prime Minister spoke about subject matters related to people’s commitment to promote exports of handicrafts and local products, everyone was excited.
It may be relevant to state that the Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme through the last 100 episodes has been like a spiritual journey for him. Only a man with a unique communication skill and deeper understanding of Indians and their lives can establish such unique dialogue with citizens on such a massive scale. As the Prime Minister Shri Modiji referred to our sister from Manipur, Vijayashanti Devi, and her unprecedented skills in making clothes from lotus fibres, a large number of women gathered were happy to know about such a possibility to earn revenue. I was happy to note that a large number of women enthusiasts in the crowd endorsed the Prime Minister’s spirit and the theme – ‘Vocal for Local and now Local for Global’. It is truly high time the multi-pronged potentials of north east products and handicrafts are marketed well across India and the rest of the world. Some products from Nagaland are already going around the world and are in high demand. People also applauded the initiatives of Jammu and Kashmir-based Manzoor Ahmed and his ‘Pencil Slates’ project. The fact that Shri Ahmed is able to provide employment to 200 people is all the more encouraging and positive things. These projects ought to be emulated. I will here refer to the message from Home Minister Amit Shah ji and BJP national president J P Naddaji that Prime Minister Modi ji’s Mann Ki Baat messages actually will go a long way in strengthening India’s social democracy and create bridges to bring peace and prosperity among different sections of people and between different states and regions.
M Chuba Ao
BJP National Vice President.

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