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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Belur Math, meet his guru Swami Atmasthanad Maharaj

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

During his visit to Kolkata, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also pay a call to Swami Atmasthanad Maharaj, the current head monk of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission Order in Belur Math. The 97-year-old Maharaj has been unwell for quite some time now, and it is most likely that the PM would have to meet him at the hospital itself.

It is a known fact that Modi is a devout follower of the Mission and its ascetic ideals. The last time he had paid a visit to Swami Atmasthanad was in the year 2013.

When Modi led BJP through a whopping victory in the Lok Sabha elections last year, he had received an invitation from Swami Ji to visit Belur Math. Swami Atmasthanad had written in a letter to Modi, “I am eagerly looking forward to your visit to Belur Math as the Prime Minister of India. . .I am happy to learn that you have got a thumping majority. Sri Ramakrishna has given you the opportunity to serve the people of India irrespective of caste, creed and religion.”

The Prime Minister has often been criticized for being aligned towards Hindutva philosophy and discriminating other religions. His visit to Belur Math can be read as an attempt to move above this censure as the architectural design of the Ramakrishna Temple is famous for symphonizing the diversity of the Indian religions. The structure of the establishment, if seen from different spots, resembles that of a temple, a mosque and a church. The architectural designs of various religions have been the inspiration of the temple at Belur Math. For example, the main entrance sought inspiration from the Buddhist style of architecture whereas the structure over it is based on the building style of Hindu temples. The ground plan is in the shape of the Christian Cross, while the windows and the balconies emanate from the Hindu and Islamic style.

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PM Modi holds Swami Atmasthanad in high esteem and in the words of Subirananda Maharaj, Modi “treats him as his guru. When both of them were in Rajkot, Modi used to go to him to seek guidance”.

Even while taking his oath as the Prime Minister of India, according to a Times of India report, Narendra Modi kept a ‘’prasadi’ flower in his coat pocket, which came along the invitation letter sent by Swami Ji. Therefore, through this visit, he is keeping up his promise and paying homage to his guru while giving out a hint towards his belief in the unity of religions.

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)