New Delhi: 02 SEP 2023: Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah, launched the Amrit Kalash Yatra under the ‘Meri Mati-Mera Desh’ campaign in New Delhi, today. Many dignitaries including the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Law and Justice Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for External Affairs, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi and Secretary, Ministry of Culture were present on the occasion
In his address, Shri Amit Shah said that today’s event is somewhat like an evening, as it is happening at a time when India has completed 75 years of independence. He said that upcoming Amritkal and “Sankalp Se Siddhi” will put India at the forefront in every field globally by August 15, 2047. Shri Shah said that India, as envisioned by our freedom fighter, will be created in the next 25 years. He added that over the past 75 years, India has got many achievements, but they are not sufficient. Shri Shah said that after a long period of subjugation and the sacrifices of millions, we gained independence, and in the last 10 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, every Indian has been given the opportunity to come together and help create a greater India.
Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation said that the Meri Mati-Mera Desh programme expresses its meaning through its name itself. He said that now we are living in independent India, and for this, millions have made sacrifices. He added that from 1857 to 1947, for 90 years, a long struggle for freedom was fought, and countless known and unknown freedom fighters sacrificed their life to the cause. He said that only a person like Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who is full of patriotism in his heart, could have imagined initiating this journey of “Sankalp se Siddhi”, by taking a pledge with ‘Mitti’’ in his hand and paying homage to those who have made the sacrifices. Shri Shah said that the idea behind this programme is that every individual, family, citizen, and child should connect emotionally with the idea of creation of great India. He said that from 1-30th September, every household, ward, and village will collect the ‘Mitti’ or grains in a pot, following it up from 1-13th October at the block and later from 22-27th October at state level, and finally, from 28-30th October these 7,500 pots will reach New Delhi, the capital of the country. Shri Shah said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will put soil from these Amrit Kalash in the Amrit Vatika created at Delhi honour of our great veers, which will keep on reminding every citizen that we must make India great during the period of Amritkal.
On this occasion, Union Minister of State for Culture Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal said that Meri Mati Mera Desh campaign is the time to remember India’s entire history, culture, and sacrifices of the heroes. It is a celebration of our collective identity. He said that India is a country of diversity, despite having different dialects, languages, and different costume regions, we have a common heritage. That’s why we have said ‘Unity in diversity is the specialty of India’. India is the only country in the world where the people call the land Mother. We all Indians say that this land is my mother and I am her son, that’s why the importance of this program increases further. Shri Meghwal said that today under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country is setting new paradigms of development. The economy has become the fifth largest economy in the world. Now we are moving towards the five trillion Economy. On the call of the Prime Minister, we all celebrated the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and declared the period of 2047 as Amrit Kaal, in continuation of this we are starting the Meri Mati Mera Desh campaign. He further said that in our culture, this soil of the earth is considered as mother, hence when Swami Vivekananda comes to India after hoisting the flag of Indian culture in Chicago, he returns to the soil here and salutes Mother India.
In the midst of the ongoing reverberations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav great campaign ‘Meri Maati Mera Desh’ was launched to honour our martyred braveheart men and women.