NEW DELHI| Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday while addressing the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan in Birbhum district of Bengal, described the vision of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore for Vishwa Bharati as the essence of self-reliant India. He said that the 100-year journey of Visva-Bharati is very special. Vishwabharati is a true incarnation of Gurudev (Rabindranath Tagore) ‘s contemplation, philosophy and hard work for Mother Bharati. This is a kind of adorable place for India, which gives continuous energy to the country to embody the dream that Gurudev had dreamed. Prime Minister Modi said, our country is spreading the message emanating from Visva Bharati to the whole world. India today is leading the world in environmental protection through the International Solar Alliance. India today is the only major country that is on the right track to achieve the Paris Accord’s environmental goals.
Prime Minister Modi said Gurudev’s vision for Vishwa Bharati is also the essence of self-reliant India. The self-reliant India campaign is also the path of India’s welfare for world welfare. This campaign is a campaign to empower India, a campaign to bring prosperity from the prosperity of India to the world.
The Prime Minister said, when we talk about the freedom struggle, then the idea of 19-20 century comes directly into our minds. But it is also a fact that the foundation of these movements was laid long ago. The independence movement of India got energy from many movements that had been going on for centuries. The Bhakti movement strengthened the spiritual and cultural unity of India. In the Bhakti era, our saints, Mahants, Acharyas tried to keep the nation’s consciousness awake in every region, every region, east-west-north-south, every direction in India.
Prime Minister Modi said that the stream of thinking of India from Vedas to Vivekananda was also vocal in Gurudev’s thinking of nationalism. And this stream was not an introvert. She was not going to keep India separate from other countries of the world. His vision was that the world should benefit from what is best in India and that what is good in the world, India should also learn from it.