PM Modi pays tribute to Deendayal Upadhyaya

PTI9_24_2016_000162a Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah at public rally during the BJP National council meeting at Kozhikode on Saturday | PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tributes to Jan Sangh ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary.

"We salute our inspiration, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary," Modi tweeted.

Upadhyaya, a politician, philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist was born on September 25, 1916 in Uttar Pradesh. He served as the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1967 until his death in 1968.

Recalling last week's Uri attack that left 18 soldiers dead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he was proud of the Indian Army. He was speaking in his monthly radio 'Mann ki Baat' address.

Pointing at the present unrest in Kashmir, he said the people of Kashmir wanted normalcy and that farmers there were worried for their crops.

"Recently 18 bravehearts laid down their lives in Uri. Such a cowardly attack was enough to stir the nation. I am sure that our soldiers would keep foiling such acts in the future," Modi said. 

He added, "Army doesn't speak, but shows valour through its acts".

Saying that the people in Kashmir wanted peace and normalcy to return, Modi said that they had begun recognising the anti-state players there.

"Farmers were also worried about how to get their crops to the market," he said.

Stating that administration has taken steps to maintain law and order, Modi also asked local authorities to stay cautious and exercise restraint. "Our resources are there to give a peaceful life to the Kashmiri people," he said.

"Peace, unity and goodwill are the keys to our problems and path to progress," the Prime Minister added.

He encouraged people to buy products made of Khadi this Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) to support the poor.

"I always encourage people to buy Khadi. Lets buy products made of Khadi to commemorate this Gandhi Jayanti which would contribute to the poor involved in this trade," he said.

The Khadi movement was started by Mahatma Gandhi in the 1920's so that Indians could be free from foreign cloth and clothing.

It was also to promote rural self-employment.

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