Follow Gujarat model, Modi tells States

published on January 29, 2007


Thiruvananthapuram:Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked all the States in the country to follow the development model established by Gujarat. Inaugurating the Hindu Maha Mela organised as part of the MS Golwalker centenary celebrations here on Monday, he also asked them to shed their prejudices and work for progress.



In a speech which made no reference to the controversies raised by the protests to his Kerala visit from organisations like the NDF and the DYFI, Modi concentrated on the issue of development, threat of terrorism, its causes and the greatness of Hindu philosophy.


Hindutva with its principle that all were one was capable of efficiently checking the spread of terrorism, Modi said. It was powerful enough to act as a remedy for all present-day social ills, he added.


Modi said that unlike other philosophical visions, Hindutva did not force people to follow one line of thinking. “It holds that each human being can follow his own line of thinking. This is in stark contrast with the line of thinking of those who indulge themselves in terrorist activities,” he said.


Modi pointed out that in the present era, the world was divided into two factions, terrorism and humanity. It was high time that one examined the reasons for the spread of terrorism throughout the country.


The second biggest threat faced by the present world was environmental destruction caused by the human race. “This is turning to be a very serious problem. One can find an apt solution to this if he does an in-depth and detailed study of Hindutva,” Modi said.


“Our predecessors were more cautious to these issues than us,” he reminded.


Modi said that if the nation was to be rescued from such menaces, Hindus, who constitute the majority of the population, should work with a single mind. The Gujarat Chief Minister said that he had come all the way to Kerala not as a Chief Minister, but as a Rashtria Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. He said that not many knew Guru Golwalkar as a person, but it was due to his incessant work that the RSS had become such deep-rooted organisation in the country.


“When I view RSS as a Swayamsevak, I can see clearly the bond between RSS and Hindutva. The RSS in the country is bound to include in itself the essence of Guruji’s teachings and to work for the welfare of the country,” he said. It was the duty of the RSS to enlighten the public, he added.


Bharathiya Vichara Kendram director P Parameshwarji, Hindu Aikyavedi general secretary Kummanam Rajasekharan, and others were present at the function.


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