India is the only major country moving in the right direction to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, adding that India leads the world in environmental protection through the international solar alliance.
Prime Minister Modi attended the Visva-Bharati University centennial celebrations in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, via video conference today.
“Our country is spreading the message emanating from Visva-Bharati to the whole world. India today leads the world in environmental protection through an international solar alliance. India is the only country today that is on the right track to achieve the environmental goals of the Paris Agreement, “said Prime Minister Modi during his speech.
“Visva-Bharati’s hundred-year journey is very special. Visva-Bharati is a true embodiment of Gurudev’s contemplation, vision and hard work for Maa Bharti. This is a lovely place for India, giving continuous energy to the country to embody the dream that Gurudev had dreamed of, ”he added.
The Prime Minister further stated that when we talk about the fight for freedom, the idea of the 19th and 20th centuries comes directly to our mind.
“But it is also a fact that the basis for these movements was established a long time ago. The Indian independence movement drew energy from many movements that had been going on for centuries, ”he added.
“The Bhakti movement strengthened the spiritual and cultural unity of India. In the Bhakti era, every region of India, every area, east-west-north-south, our saints in all directions, mahants, the Acharyas tried to keep the consciousness of the nation awake, ”said Prime Minister Modi.
The Bhakti movement was the door that filled struggling India with collective consciousness and trust for centuries, the Prime Minister claimed.
“This theme of devotion cannot continue until we talk about Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The great saint, for whom India obtained Swami Vivekananda, ”said PM Modi.
“He began to see the divinity in each person as he expanded the scope of devotion. It also gave expression to Karma, highlighting the creation of the individual and the institution ”, he added.
Along with the hundreds of years period of the Bhakti movement, the Karma movement also took place in the country, the prime minister said.
“The people of India were fighting against slavery and imperialism. Be it Chhatrapati Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Rani Lakshmibai, Rani Chennamma of Kittur, Lord Birsa Munda’s armed struggle. The rigorous cultivation of the karma of tenacity and sacrifice of ordinary citizens against injustice and exploitation was in full swing. This became a great inspiration for our fight for freedom in the future, ”he added.
“The need of the moment was to create an ideological movement to win the war of independence on the establishment of knowledge and at the same time prepare a new generation for the creation of a bright future in India. And many prestigious educational institutions and universities played an important role in it, ”said the Prime Minister.
These educational institutions gave new energy, gave a new direction, gave a new boom to the ideological movement on the march for the independence of India, said the Prime Minister.
“We joined the Bhakti movement, the Gyan movement gave us intellectual strength and the Karma movement gave us the courage and courage to fight for our right,” he added.
Founded by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in 1921, Visva-Bharati is also the oldest Central University in the country. In May 1951, Visva-Bharati was declared a Central University and Institution of National Importance by an act of Parliament.
The University followed the pedagogy devised by Gurudev Tagore, although it gradually evolved in the format in which modern universities developed elsewhere. The Prime Minister is the Chancellor of the University, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).