“Celebrating India’s Legacy with Modernity: PM Narendra Modi Honors Social Reformer Dayanand Saraswati”
India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is proud to showcase its legacy with a strong sense of self-respect and determination to strengthen its traditions while embracing modernity. This was the message delivered by Modi during the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of social reformer and founder of Arya Samaj, Dayanand Saraswati.
Honoring the Legacy of Dayanand Saraswati
The occasion was historic as it inspired not only India but also the future of humanity, according to Modi. He also unveiled the logo for the birth anniversary celebrations, marking the significance of the event. Dayanand Saraswati, born in 1824, became a voice for the empowerment of Indian women and launched a strong campaign against social discrimination and untouchability.
Arya Samaj, founded by Dayanand Saraswati, has played a crucial role in the cultural and social awakening of India by emphasizing the importance of social reforms and education. The Prime Minister’s Office stated that the government is committed to celebrating social reformers and important personalities, especially those whose contributions have yet to be recognized on a nationwide scale.
Balancing Heritage and Development
Modi stated that India is balancing its heritage (virasat) and development (Vikas) and is showing the way to the world in environmental sustainability. He expressed pride in India chairing the G20 this year, showcasing the country’s progress and leadership on the global stage.
When talking about the “kartavya path,” Modi acknowledged that some people may say he only talks about duties and not rights. However, he pointed out that even in the 21st century, his message of duty and responsibility faced opposition, and 150 years ago, Dayanand Saraswati faced even greater difficulties in promoting his message to society.
Modi emphasized that the path shown by Dayanand Saraswati instills hope in millions of people, and his legacy continues to inspire generations.
Empowering Women and Combating Discrimination
Modi highlighted the important role that Indian women are playing in society, from serving in the armed forces in Siachen to flying Rafale fighter planes. He stated that Dayanand Saraswati’s efforts to counter social inequities and discrimination continue to have a lasting impact on the empowerment of women in India.
From declaring the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda as the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas to participating in a program commemorating Aurobindo’s 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Modi has been leading initiatives to recognize and celebrate the contributions of important personalities and social reformers in India.
In conclusion, the commemoration of Dayanand Saraswati’s 200th birth anniversary was a celebration of India’s legacy, modernity, and progress. Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of balancing heritage and development and highlighted the contributions of social reformers and important personalities in shaping India’s history and future. India continues to showcase its strength, pride, and leadership on the global stage.