‘New India is motivated by the noble thoughts of Sree Narayana Guru, will move forward towards the ideals of Gurudev Tagore’: President Ram Nath Kovind in his joint address to the parliament
   20-Jun-2019


Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore visited Sree Narayana Guru at his ashram in Sivagiri in November 1922. Tagore later said of Narayana Guru that, "I have never come across one who is spiritually greater than Swami Narayana Guru or a person who is at par with him in spiritual attainment".



President Ram Nath Kovind, in his joint address to the parliament, said that the New India’s vision is motivated by the noble thoughts of Sree Narayana Guru Kerala’s great spiritual figure, social reformer and poet.
 
Quoting the famous couplet of Sree Narayana Gurudev, “Jaati-Bhedam Mata-Dwesham EdumiIllade Sarvarum Sodaratvena Vaazhunna Matruka Sthanamaanitu”, he explained further about New India, that is, ‘an ideal place is one where people live like brothers free from the discrimination of caste and religion.’
 
“This New India, will move forward towards that ideal state envisioned by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, where the mind of the people is without fear and the head is held high with self-esteem. In Gurudev’s words: ‘Chitto Jetha Bhay-Shunno, Uchcho Jetha Shir,” the president said.
 
Excerpts from the President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament 
 
Honourable Members,
 
My Government is committed to that very idea of nation-building, the foundation for which was laid in 2014. While fulfilling the basic needs of the countrymen, now the Government is moving forward towards realising their aspirations of building a Strong, Safe, Prosperous and All-inclusive India. This journey is inspired by the basic spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas’.
 
This New India’s vision is motivated by the noble thoughts of Shri Narayana Guru Kerala’s great spiritual figure, social reformer and poet:
 
“Jaati-Bhedam Mata-Dwesham EdumiIllade Sarvarum
Sodaratvena Vaazhunna Matruka Sthanamaanitu”
 
That is, an ideal place is one where people live like brothers free from the discrimination of caste and religion.
 
Three weeks ago, on 30th May, immediately after swearing-in the Government has started working towards building a New India. A New India:
 
- Where equal opportunities to progress are available to every person;
- Where life of every person becomes better and their self-esteem is enhanced;
- Where brotherhood and harmony bind the people with each other;
- Where the foundation built on our ideals and values becomes stronger; and
- Where the benefits of development reach every region and the last person standing in the queue.
 
This New India, will move forward towards that ideal state envisioned by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, where the mind of the people is without fear and the head is held high with self-esteem. In Gurudev’s words:
 
“Chitto Jetha Bhay-Shunno, Uchcho Jetha Shir.”
 
It is a matter of pride for every Indian that when our country completes 75 years of independence in 2022, we would have achieved many national goals for building a New India. To pave the way for the golden future of New India, my Government has resolved:
 
On this path of a New India, the rural India will be strong and urban India will also be empowered;
 
On this path of a New India, the entrepreneurial India will attain new heights and the dreams of young India will also be fulfilled;
 
On this path of a New India, all systems will be transparent and the prestige of honest countrymen will increase further;
 
On this path of a New India, infrastructure for the 21st century will be built and all resources for creation of a powerful India will be mobilised.
 
In the light of these resolutions, in a short period of 21 days, my Government has taken many decisions aimed at the welfare of farmers, soldiers, students, entrepreneurs, women and other sections of society and have also started implementing them. Initiatives have also been taken to enact several new laws.

When Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore met Sree Narayana Guru
 
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore visited Sree Narayana Guru at his ashram in Sivagiri on November 22, 1922. Tagore later said of Narayana Guru that “ I have been touring different parts of the world. During these travels, I have had the fortune to come into contact with several saints and maharshis. But I have frankly to admit that I have never seen one who is spiritually greater than Swamy Narayana Guru of Malayalam- nay, a person who is on par with him in spiritual attainment.

I am sure, I shall never forget that radiant face illuminated by the self-effulgent light of divine glory and those majestic eyes fixing their gaze on far remote point in the distant horizon.”