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English rendering of PM’s address at the inauguration of the International Cooperation and Convention Centre – Rudraksh in Varanasi

Posted On: 15 JUL 2021 4:12PM by PIB Delhi

Har Har Mahadev! Har Har Mahadev!

Present along with me, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh Mrs. Anandiben Patel ji, energetic and popular Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath ji, the Ambassador of Japan to India Mr. Suzuki Satoshi ji, my colleague Radha Mohan Singh ji, all the enlightened people of Kashi and respected friends!

In my previous programme, I was telling the people of Kashi that luckily I have got the opportunity after a long time to be present with you all. But the mood of Banaras is such that despite visiting the place after a long time, the city receives us with absolute joy . Now you see, even though the gap is big, but as it was Kashi's calling, the people of Banaras took up a number of development projects at once. In a way today, with the blessings of Mahadev, the people of Kashi have started a stream of development. Today, many schemes worth hundreds of crores were inaugurated and the foundation stone was laid. And now the Rudraksh Convention centre ! the ancient splendour of Kashi, is coming into existence in its modern form. There is a saying about Kashi, 'Baba's city never stops, never gets tired'! This new height of development has once again proved this nature of Kashi. When the world had come to a standstill during the Corona period, Kashi had become restrained, disciplined, yet the stream of creativity and development continued to flow. These dimensions of the development of Kashi, the "International Cooperation and Convention Center - Rudraksh" today are the result of this creativity, this dynamism. I heartily congratulate all of you, every single person of Kashi for this achievement. I would like to thank India's best friend Japan in particular, the people of Japan, Prime Minister Mr. Suga Yoshihide and Ambassador Mr. Suzuki Satoshi. And just now we have also seen the video message of the Prime Minister. Kashi has received this gift from his friendly efforts. Prime Minister Shri Suga Yoshihide ji was the Chief Cabinet Secretary at that time. Since then till his role as a PM, he has been personally involved with this project on a continuous basis. Every countryman is grateful to him for his affinity towards India.

 

Friends,

There is one more person in today's event, whose name I cannot forget to mention. Another friend of mine from Japan - Shinzo Abe. I remember, when Shinzo Abe ji had come to Kashi as the Prime Minister, I had had a long discussion with him on the idea of ​​Rudraksh. He had immediately asked his officers to work on this idea. After that, we all are familiar with the culture of Japan. Their speciality is 'perfection' and planning. Then, the work had started on it, and today this grand building is adorning Kashi. This building not only has the radiance of modernity but also a cultural aura. It has a connection to India-Japan relations, and also has scope for many possibilities for the future. During my visit to Japan, we had talked about this familiarity in the relations between the two countries, in people to people connection and  we had drawn the outline of similar cultural relations with Japan. I am glad that today a new chapter of sweetness is being written in the relations along with development with the efforts of both the countries. Just like the Rudraksh of Kashi, the Japanese Zen Garden and Kaizen Academy were also inaugurated in Gujarat just a few weeks ago. Just as this Rudraksha has become a garland of love given to India by Japan, in the same way Zen Garden is also spreading the fragrance of mutual love between the two countries. Similarly, be it the strategic field or the economic field, Japan is one of the most trusted friends of India today. Our friendship is considered to be one of the most natural partnerships in the entire region. Japan is our partner in many important and biggest projects related to modern infrastructure and development. Be it Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Rail, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, or Dedicated Freight Corridor, these projects being built in collaboration with Japan are going to become the strength of New India.

India and Japan are of the view that our development should be linked with our gaiety. This development should be all-round, should be for all, and should be all-encompassing. In our Puranas it is said-

 

तत्र अश्रु बिन्दुतो जाता, महा रुद्राक्ष वृक्षाकाः। मम आज्ञया महासेन, सर्वेषाम् हित काम्यया॥

 

That is, for the benefit of all, Rudraksha appeared in the form of a teardrop that fell from the eye of Lord Shiva for the welfare of all. Shiva belongs to everyone, his teardrop is only a symbol of love for human beings. Similarly, this International Convention Center-Rudraksh will also become a medium to connect the whole world through mutual love, art and culture. And Kashi is the oldest living city in the world anyway. From Shiva to Lord Buddha in Sarnath, Kashi has treasured spirituality as well as art and culture for centuries. Even in today's time, there exists the style of 'Banarasbaaz' in 'Tabla', 'Thumri', 'Dadra', 'Khyal, Tappa and Dhrupad', 'Dhamar', 'Kajri', 'Chaiti', 'Hori', and the famous singing styles of Banaras like 'Sarangi and Pakhawaj', or Shehnai. Yes, songs, music and art flow from my city of Banaras. Here so many art forms have developed at the ghats of the Ganges, knowledge has reached the summit, and several serious thoughts & ideas related to humanity have been generated on this soil. And that is why, Banaras can become a major global center of song-music, religion-spirituality, and knowledge-science.

Friends,

Banaras itself is an ideal location for intellectual discussions, large seminars and cultural events. People from all over the country and abroad want to come here, want to stay here. In such a situation, if there is a facility for similar events here, a well developed infrastructure is there, then naturally a large number of people from the art world will give priority to Banaras. Rudraksh will make these possibilities come true in the coming days, the country will become a center of cultural exchange from abroad. For example, the Kavi Sammelans held in Banaras have fans all over the country and all over the world. In the coming days, these Kavi Sammelans can be organized in this center in a global format. There is also an auditorium and a convention center with seating arrangement for twelve hundred people. Parking facility is also there and special arrangements have been made for Divyangjan. Similarly, in the last 6-7 years, a lot of work has been done in the direction of promoting & strengthening the handicrafts and crafts of Banaras. With this, Banarasi silk and Banarasi craft are getting a new identity again, business is also growing here. Rudraksha will help in enhancing these activities as well. This infrastructure can be used for business activities in many ways.

Friends,

Lord Vishwanath himself has said-

सर्व क्षेत्रेषु भूपृष्ठे काशी क्षेत्रम् मे वपुः।

That is, the entire region of Kashi is my form. Kashi is Shiva himself. Now that Kashi is being adorned by so many development projects in the last 7 years, how could this adornment be complete without Rudraksha? Now that Kashi has worn this Rudraksha, the development of Kashi will expand even more, and the beauty of Kashi will be enhanced further. Now it is the responsibility of the people of Kashi. I request you in particular to make full use of the power of Rudraksha. The cultural beauty of Kashi has to be linked with the talents of Kashi. When you work in this direction, you will connect the whole country and the world with Kashi. As soon as this center becomes active, the India-Japan relations will also get a new identity in the world with the help of this. I have complete faith that with the blessings of Mahadev, this center will become a new identity of Kashi in the coming days and will give a new impetus to the development of Kashi. With my best wishes, I would like to end my speech. I once again express my special gratitude to the Japanese government and the Prime Minister of Japan. I pray to Baba so that he keeps you all healthy, happy and alert. Maintain the habit of following all the protocols of Corona.

Thank you very much! Har Har Mahadev!

DISCLAIMER: This is the approximate translation of PM’s speech. Original speech was delivered in Hindi.

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