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From charkha to vaccine, PM Modi talks atmanirbharta | India News – Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: On the occasion of the 91st anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday highlighted India’s journey towards “atmanirbharta (self-reliance)” from the charkha to the vaccine as he launched the “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav”, the government’s initiative to mark 75 years of the country’s Independence. The mahostav will continue till August 15, 2023, he said. The PM also flagged off a padyatra by 81 marchers from Sabarmati Ashram.
Modi remembered contributions made by freedom fighters from every corner of the country. “The Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav is about a resolve to work for the country. It is about taking inspiration from our freedom fighters. It is about attaining self-reliance,” he said.
Reminiscing that Subhash Chandra Bose had said India’s freedom was important for all humanity, he said, “Even today, our achievements are not only ours. During the pandemic, the world is getting the benefit of India’s self-reliance in vaccines.”
Modi said five pillars — freedom struggle, Ideas at 75, Achievements at 75, Actions at 75, and Resolves at 75 — are the guiding force for moving forward.
Commenting on Gandhi’s salt satyagraha, the PM said salt was never measured by its price in the country. “In India, salt is a symbol of honesty, faith and loyalty. Hum aaj bhi kehte hain, humne desh ka namak khaya (we use salt as a symbol of loyalty). We say this not because salt is a costly commodity, but because it symbolises work and equality. Before Independence, salt was a symbol of atmanirbharta,” the PM said.
Modi did not hold back words in showering praise on all leaders who shaped India since Independence. He mentioned the contributions of Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, Veer Savarkar and others. “India derives inspiration from the contribution of all these leaders as we resolve to move forward with higher goals in mind,” he said.
“Many ideas will emerge from this 75-week programme. Why should schools and colleges not have competitions on instances of our freedom struggle. Law schools can document the legal cases leading to Independence,” he said.
After landing at Ahmedabad airport, Modi drove to Sabarmati Ashram. He also visited Hriday Kunj, the house in the ashram where Gandhi stayed with his wife Kasturba from 1918 to 1930.
Modi wrote in the visitors’ book that the mahotsav is a tribute to the freedom fighters and freedom struggle. “By coming to the Sabarmati Ashram and with the inspiration of Bapu, my determination for nation-building is strengthened. Mahatma Gandhi gave the message of atmanirbharta (self-reliance) and atmavishwas (self-confidence) from here,” he wrote.

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