PM Modi Calls for Education System Reflecting Indian Values

Feb 12, 2024

Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a on Sunday education system based on Indian values It is the need of the hour. He was virtually addressing a program organized to commemorate the 200th birth anniversary of Arya Samaj founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati His birthplace in Tankara in Morbi district of Gujarat.
Modi praised the social reformer who had called for Indian society to return to the Vedas at a time when people were trapped in slavery and superstition was rampant in the country.
“An education system based on Indian values ​​is the need of the hour. Arya Samaj schools have been the center of it. The country is now expanding it through the National Education Policy. It is our responsibility to connect the society with these efforts.” Modi said.
He said that Swami Dayanand Saraswati was born at a time when Indians were trapped in slavery and social evils.
Modi said, “Swami Dayanandji then told the nation how our orthodoxy and superstitions have engulfed the country and weakened our scientific temper. These social evils have attacked our unity.”
He said, “A section of the society was continuously moving away from Indian culture and spirituality. At such a time, Swami Dayanandji called for a return to the Vedas.”
The PM said that Maharishi Dayanand was not only a world sage but also a sage of national consciousness.
He said, “At a time when the British rulers tried to humiliate our people by making them pawns of our social evils and their rule was justified by some people by citing social evils, the arrival of Dayanand Saraswati dealt a blow to such conspirators. Put.”
He said, the founder of Arya Samaj gave a logical explanation on the Vedas, openly attacked the conventions of orthodoxy and explained what is the real nature of Indian philosophy.
Modi said, “The result was that confidence started returning in the society. People started knowing the Vedic religion and started connecting with its teachings.”
He said that revolutionaries like Lala Lajpat Rai, Ram Prasad Bismil and Swami Shraddhanand stood up who were influenced by Arya Samaj.
The PM said the milestone of 200 years of the birth of Swami Dayanand Saraswati comes at a time when India is in the early years of its “Amrit Kaal”.
He said, Swami Dayanand Saraswati had dreamed of a bright future for India and taking inspiration from him, we all have to take India towards modernity in this Amrit Kaal and make it a developed nation.
Modi appealed to the Arya Samaj, which runs more than 2,500 schools, colleges and universities in the country and abroad and teaches students in more than 400 Gurukuls, to take up the task of nation building with renewed vigor in the current decade of the 21st century. ,
He said, “DAV (Dayanand Anglo Vedic) Institute is a living memory and inspiration for Maharishi Dayanand. We will continue to strengthen it to pay tribute to Maharishi Dayanand.”
Swami Dayanand had advocated equal rights for women in the society during his time. Modi said, he had talked about women's rights and their participation and the country is taking women forward today with its new policies and honest efforts.
The Prime Minister said, “Just a few months ago, the country facilitated women's reservation in the Lok Sabha and state legislatures through the Nari Shakti Vandan Act. This will be a true tribute to the Maharishi today.”
He also appealed to the students of DAV Educational Network to join 'My Youth India', an autonomous body set up by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India to cater to the needs of the youth of the country.
Modi said that this festival will become an effective medium to connect the new generation with the life of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.
The PM also said that he is fortunate to be born in Gujarat, where Swami Dayanand Saraswati was born and he knows Haryana closely and has worked in the state which is his “karmabhoomi”.
“So, naturally he has a different influence and role in my life,” Modi said.

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