United India result of Patel’s strategic wisdom: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 08:52:34


 

NEW DELHI,


Amid concerns over rising air pollution in Delhi, Modi hailed farmers from Punjab who do not burn stubble in fields.Modi praised the North-Eastern States for making “grand progress” in organic farming. The Prime Minister stressed on the “4S” -- spirit, strength, skill and stamina -- as key elements in the field of sports as core foundation of the nation

AHEAD of the country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel birth anniversary on October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to the leader and dedicated a “united India” to Patel’s “sagacity and strategic wisdom”. Modi, in the 49th episode of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, also paid tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.


“October 31 also is the death anniversary of our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Our respectful tributes to Indiraji,” Modi said. Recalling Patel’s contribution in uniting the nation, Modi said the leader ensured “the merger of all princely States with the Dominion of India”.


“Patel formulated solutions one by one, weaving the warp and weft of unity on the axis of a single thread. He ensured the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India. Whether Junagadh, Hyderabad, Travancore, or for that matter the princely States of Rajasthan. If we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Patel,” Modi said.


Modi also linked Infantry Day -- observed in commemoration of the first victorious military action led by the Infantry in Jammu and Kashmir after Independence to drive out Pakistani invaders -- to Patel.


“We celebrated Infantry Day yesterday (Saturday)... This incident too is directly related to Patel. I was reading an old interview with the celebrated Army officer Sam Manekshaw. In that interview,Manekshaw was reminiscing the times when he was a Colonel. Around this time, military operations commenced in Kashmir. “Field Marshal Manekshaw has mentioned how in a meeting, Patel was irked on the delay in sending troops to Kashmir. During the proceedings, Patel gave him a characteristic glance and reiterated that there should be no delay in our Army operation and that a solution should be sought swiftly. And immediately after that, our troops flew to Kashmira we’ve seen how our Army was successful,” he said.


Amid concerns over rising air pollution in the national capital region, Narendra Modi hailed farmers from Punjab who do not burn stubble in fields. He also said, while the world, especially the West, is discussing environment protection and trying to find new ways to adopt a balanced life style, India is also facing a similar problem.  But, for its solution we only have to look inwards, to look into our glorious past and our rich traditions and have especially to understand the lifestyle of our tribal communities,” he said.


Modi praised the North-Eastern States for making “grand progress” in organic farming.  Referring to the issue of stubble burning in fields which leads to massive air pollution, he referred to Gurbachan Singh, a Punjab farmer who asked his would be parents-in-law to promise that they will not burn parali or stubble in their fields.


Lauding the performances of Indian sportspersons in the Asian Para Games and Summer Youth Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country was setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in “uncharted areas”. The Prime Minister stressed on the “4S” -- spirit, strength, skill and stamina -- as key elements in the field of sports as core foundation of the nation. “If the youth of a country possess these qualities, that country will progress not only in areas such as economy, science and technology but also bring laurels home in the field of sports,” Modi said. He congratulated the athletes who participated in the Asian Para Games 2018 held at Jakarta and the winners of the Summer youth Olympics 2018 held in Argentina, saying: “The Para athletes bagged a tally of 72 medals, creating a new, unprecedented record, bringing glory to the nation”.