Previous governments neglected religious centres: PM Modi

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed previous governments for leaving religious centers across the country in a state of neglect and claimed that these places were now regaining their lost glory.

Citing examples from Kashi Vishwanath, Ujjain and Ayodhya temple, where major reconstruction works have been carried out in recent years, Modi attributed the “years of neglect” to a “slave mentality”.

“The slave mentality takes hold of some people’s minds so much that they even react to the development as if it were a crime,” he said.

These people never tire of praising religious centers in other countries, but they despise religious centers in their own country, Modi said.

“Pride of our own heritage and all possible efforts for development are the foundations of a 21st century India,” the prime minister told a rally in Mana village, Uttarakhand, at the Indo-Chinese border, after laying the first stones of two cable car projects. in Kedarnath and Hemkund Sahib.

The decades-long neglect of faith centers by previous governments reflects a disregard for the millions of people who believe in them and the country’s culture that is thousands of years old, the prime minister said.

”Our faith centers are not just structures, they are symbols of our cultural heritage thousands of years old. They are our breath of life,’ Modi said.

Reconstruction works carried out at Kedarnath in recent years are bringing unprecedented numbers of pilgrims to the Himalayan temple, he said.

“Previously, a maximum of four to five lakh people visited Kedarnath in a season, but I am told that this year 45 lakh people visited the temple, breaking all past records,” Modi said.

“Development projects in Himalayan religious centers not only facilitate travel to temples for pilgrims, but also generate job opportunities for locals and boost the local economy,” he added.

He called on people going on pilgrimage or to border areas for tourism to spend 5% of their budget on buying local products, saying this small step could help boost the local economy significantly.

The prime minister said a cable car to the Hemkund Sahib gurdwara would be celebrated by followers of the Sikh faith not only in the country, but also in countries like the UK, Germany and Canada.

He called on residents to support workers engaged in the construction of cable car projects as they serve the Almighty in this way.

Modi said that Mana is called the last Indian village because of its location, but for him, every border village in the country is the first village from which the doors of prosperity will open.

He said it wasn’t that he started talking about Mana after he became prime minister.

Modi said he called a meeting of the Uttarakhand BJP working committee in Mana 25 years ago, much to the chagrin of party workers who were reluctant to walk the distance in hilly terrain.

“I told them that the day you understand the meaning of Mana, people will give BJP a permanent place in their hearts. Your blessings sent the BJP to power for the second consecutive time,” he said.

The prime minister said the people of the hills are tough and hard working. They are used to a hard life, but that does not mean they should be deprived of development, he said, adding that they deserve facilities enjoyed by people elsewhere. Denying them development would be an injustice to their ability to lead difficult lives, he said. Earlier in the day, Modi offered prayers at the famous temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand.

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