Sunayana and Mahendra Mehta, Juhi (Chawla) and Jay Mehta, Nihita and Hemnabh Khatau belong to an illustrious business family who own the Mehta Group which is spread over Africa, India, Canada and United States.
In the history of India, in recent times, a few saints, kings, freedom fighters and leaders have left an indelible impression on history and the minds and lives of the people.
Three such great leaders have been the childhood heroes of Shri Narendra Modiji.
Swami Vivekanand, a renunciate who inspired the youth of India and brought Hinduism and yoga which had been suppressed and neglected onto the consciousness of the world.
Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, who had the power of uniting all Indians to achieve the birth right of freedom and self-governance through Satyaghraha, a non-violent movement of such might and magnitude, which the world had never seen before.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who, with his acumen and strategy, deep understanding and foresight, contributed in greatly to uniting the nation under one governance.
Shri Narendra Modiji has striven to live his life to the ideals laid down by these three great personages. Two stories of Swami Vivekananda come to mind that illustrate a few of the qualities that Shri Narendra Modiji has striven to emulate.
Swamiji was very courageous and daring. When Swamiji was eight years old, he loved to dangle head down from a champak tree. One day an old man saw him climbing the tree, and afraid of what might happen if he fell down, asked him not to climb the tree as there was a ghost living in that tree who would break his neck if he climbed the tree again. As soon as the old man walked away, Swami Vivekananda climbed the tree again. His friends were scared and asked him not to, but he merely laughed and said “don’t blindly believe everything you are told. If it were true, I would have broken my neck a long time ago.”
The second story illustrates his integrity, selflessness and desire to serve. When his mother was very ill, and he did not have the money to buy her medicines, he went to his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and complained of his plight. His guruji asked him to pray to the goddess Kali to ask for money to help his mother. Swami Vivekananda went and prayed. When Ramakrishna Paramahamsa asked him whether he prayed for money and what was the Divine Mother’s answer, Swami Vivekananda confessed he could not ask for money. Instead he asked for blessings and guidance and the good of mankind.
Swamiji used to say “Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life”
Shri Narendra Modiji’s life is witness to his living Swami Vivekananda’s values and vision.
Shri Modiji’s rise from humble backgrounds to the leadership of India speaks volumes of his daring to dream – and having the courage, focus, dedication, self-belief and boundless desire to serve the nation to realise that dream. The people of India have recognised this and responded by electing him as the leader they respect and admire.
As the leader of India, he has retained his humility, selflessness and human touch. He continues to work tirelessly towards greater transparency, equality, justice, prosperity and security, better governance, the protection of the environment and the betterment of all the people of India. His Mann Ki Baat, has touched the hearts and minds of millions of Indians. His call for Swacch Bharat heralded a sea change in the mindset of people towards their surroundings. His Jan Suraksha scheme, His Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana to provide housing for the underprivileged, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawal Yojana for free LPG connections to poor households, the protection afforded to Muslim women on their marriage rights, to name but a few, have all had a significant effect on improve the lives of the less privileged and those who have been struggling under unfair laws.
Shri Modiji has worked hard to improve India’s relations with all our neighbours and several other nations. He has raised India’s stature in the world – as an economic force to be reckoned with, a good business partner, a nation committed to democracy, free speech and the environment.
Equally importantly, he has ensured that India is recognised as a repository of spiritual knowledge that is so needed today – and which India gladly shares with the world. The Declaration of International day of Yoga, at the United Nations, supported for the very first time by a record 177 countries, was spearheaded by Modiji.
Under the able leadership of Shri Modiji, it is now India’s time to finally take its rightful place as a leading nation of the world.
We are indeed privileged to be given this opportunity to greet Shri Narendrabhai Modi on his milestone 70th birthday. We pray to God to give him long life to serve the nation and to lead India into a new golden age.