Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 27
Amid the farmers’ protest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to the Sikh Gurus, including the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, saying their sacrifices helped keep the country’s culture safe.
UP to observe dec 27 as Sahibzada Diwas
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said the martyrdom of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons would be included in the school curriculum in the state. He said December 27 would be observed as Sahibzada Diwas from next year. Speaking at an event to mark the martyrdom day of the Sahibzade and Mata Gujri, he said, “Every child must be taught about their sacrifice. The schools will organise activities, including debates on the martyrdom of the Sahibzade.” TNS
On his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme, the PM said, “We pay tributes to the brave Char Sahibzade, we remember Mata Gujri, we recall the greatness of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji, Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji. We remain indebted to them for their sacrifices and spirit of compassion.”
He paid tributes to Sahibzade Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh and Mata Gujri for unmatched courage and determination.
The PM said he was blessed with the opportunity to visit Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to pay obeisance to Guru Teg Bahadur on his martyrdom day.
Farm leaders, meanwhile, urged the PM to listen to their “mann ki baat” too. There has been no breakthrough after five rounds of talks between the Centre and the protesting farm unions, which have rejected the government proposal to amend the laws and provide a written assurance on the MSP issue.
Security remained tight at the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, where the farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of UP, have been camping since the last week of November. Protesters clanged plates and other utensils at the sit-in sites during PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ monthly radio address following a call by agitating unions.
Haryana farmer leaders appealed to the Prime Minister to listen to the “Mann ki Baat” of farmers and voices of other people as well. Renewing his call for “vocal for local”, he said the hurdles created by the Covid pandemic had taught new lessons to the people and made them resilient. “The call for ‘vocal for local’ is reverberating in each and every household… In such a scenario, it is time to ensurethat our products meet global standards… This is the opportune moment to work with the ethos of ‘zero effect, zero defect’,” he said.
The outgoing year saw the spirit of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ echo in society, he said. Urging people to prepare a list of items they used and find out those that were manufactured abroad, he said they should substitute them with ‘made in India’ products. “Let us find out their substitutes made in India and decide that henceforth we shall use products made with the hard work and sweat of the people of India. You make New Year resolutions every year. This time, one has to certainly make a resolution for the country,” the PM said.
Modi also touched the subject of wildlife conservation. Noting that the population of leopards in India had increased by over 60 per cent between 2014 and 2018, from 7,900 to 12,852, he described this as a big achievement for the year. He said over the past few years, the population of lions and tigers too had increased and so had India’s forest cover. Speaking of the feedback he received for his ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast on multiple platforms, he said the common factor had been that people had commended the country’s capabilities and the collective strength of the countrymen during the pandemic. A novel experiment like ‘Janta curfew’ became an “inspiration” for the whole world, he said.
Millions of people across the country had stayed home on March 22 on the PM’s appeal for a ‘Janta curfew’ to check the spread of coronavirus. Modi also noted that teachers had prepared creative course material in this period of online studies, and asked them to upload these materials on the Diksha portal of the Education Ministry. This would help students who were staying in far-flung areas of the country a lot, he said. (With agency inputs)