Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said efforts were made to malign India’s rich culture and heritage during a long period of slavery and after independence some forces tried to break the peace, but now the time has come to create “Ek Bharat Shreshtha. Bharat”.
Shah was speaking at the closing ceremony of the month-long Kashi-Tamil Sangamam in Varanasi.
“This will be the culmination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Kashi-Tamil Sangamam in a way, but I want to say that this is not the culmination but the beginning,” he said. “It’s the beginning of a new era, including cultural mixing.”
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“It is the sheer initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that made possible and strengthened the cultural ties between the two ancient cities,” Shah said. “Similar efforts are needed nationwide.”
Shah said that even after independence, “the time came when efforts were made to poison the unity of the country”.
“After a long period of slavery that somewhat tarnished our unity, the diversity of our heritage and the unity of the Indian soul within our diverse cultures, a renaissance was needed to overcome this. Efforts should have been made immediately after independence, but that did not happen,” he said.
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“It is a matter of pride and celebration that when India is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75 years of independence), an effort has been made to revive the rich culture and tradition of the two old cities,” added Shah.
An initiative of the Union education ministry, Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the month-long Kashi-Tamil Sangamam was inaugurated by PM Modi on November 19. More than 2,500 Tamil delegates participated in the event. Nadu More than 200,000 people, including 1,500 artistes, 300 VVIPs and 75 religious leaders, participated in the mega event.
At the closing ceremony, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the Kashi-Tamil Sangamam fulfills the Prime Minister’s vision of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.
“Uttar Pradesh represents the spiritual cultural heritage of India, and Tamil Nadu also carries the ancient traditions of art, culture, knowledge,” he said. “Last month, 12 different groups from Tamil Nadu came here and also visited Prayagraj and Ayodhya to witness the religious significance of Uttar Pradesh.”