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12/10/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2023 04:18

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates 10-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan near Rajghat, Delhi

Ministry of Defence

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates 10-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan near Rajghat, Delhi

Posted On: 10 DEC 2023 3:42PM by PIB Delhi

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurateda 10-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Darshan near Rajghat, Delhi on December 10, 2023. In his address, the Raksha Mantri described the statue as a befitting tribute to the Father of the Nation, who played a central role in freeing Indiafrom foreign ruleand worked for the upliftment of the weaker sections of society to lead a dignified life.

"Gandhiji wasa great freedom fighter whoenvisioned a strong, prosperous and clean India. Our Government, led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is following in the footsteps of the Father of the Nation. Schemes such as Jan Dhan Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and Swachh Bharat are based on his ideas," said Shri Rajnath Singh. Heasserted that Mahatma Gandhicontinues to live in the heart ofevery Indian, whilegreat leaders such asMartin Luther King Jr & Nelson Mandelatook inspiration from his ideas and vision for the betterment of people in their countries.

The Raksha Mantri remembered revolutionaries such asMahatma Gandhi, Baba Saheb Dr BR Ambedkar andPandit Deendayal Upadhyaywho worked forthe upliftment of the marginalised sections with patriotism & commitment. "These great people are the guiding light for our Government. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's vision of 'SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas' is built on theirdreams. Our ideology is of peace, social harmony, unity, and bringing about a change based on development," he said.

Shri Rajnath Singh emphasised that the Government's focus has always been on planned progress, which has resulted in India becoming the 5thlargest economy in the world. He termed Gandhiji as not only a freedom fighter, but also an economic thinker who believed 'The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed'. "Even since our Government came to power, our endeavour is not only to uplift the people belonging to the weaker sections, but also to empower them. Growth of all sections alike will strengthen the security landscape of the country," he said.

The Raksha Mantri highlighted the due importance being given by the Government to the marginalised sections stating that they are now making a mark in almostevery sector. He referred to an Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry made for a weaker section on the lines of FICCI, with more than 10,000 members.It is making an important contribution to the Indian economy, he said. He termed the marginalised sections as the largest aspirational class of the country, stressing on the need to do away with the 'noun' being used to identify them. It is time tocoin a new noun or vocabulary, which can define the aspirations of these sections, he said.

Shri Rajnath Singh added that the Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi,is making sure that women are being empowered at par with their male counterparts and arecontributing to Nation Building. "There were times when words like Abla (weak) were used with Nari. But now,Ablahas been replaced with Shakti(power)as we have recognised thetrue strength of our women.They are not only getting elected and entering politics; they are also joining the Armed Forces to protect the motherland.The Nari Shakti VandanAdhiniyamwas passed to ensure that women get their political rights. Abla Nari toNari Shakti is a transformational journey," he said.

The Raksha Mantri reaffirmed the Government's commitmentto continue serving the people with honesty and dedication to take the country to greater heights. This will be a true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, he said.

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