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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described diversity as the pride of India and the key to development.

In his “Mann ki Baat” radio address, Modi also said he was excited about inaugurating an Ambedkar Bhavan in London next month.

In his nearly half-hour speech, the prime minister did not mention any of the recent incidents of violence including the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours that he ate beef.

But he underlined that India was a diverse country, “and this diversity is the pride of India… Peace, harmony and unity… these are the key to development”.

Modi also recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whose birth anniversary falls on October 31, and said he made a huge contribution to India’s unity.

“He had a dream for a united India, and he succeeded in doing that geographically.”

The prime minister added that the ‘mantra’ of unity should “constantly be a part of our thought, behaviour and expressions”.

Modi said the government had bought the house where B.R. Ambedkar used to live in London.

“I will be making a trip to Britain a day after Diwali. I am looking forward to my trip. I’ll inaugurate the Ambedkar Bhavan in London, which is now the Indian government’s property,” he said.

“For the Dalits, oppressed, poor, who spend their lives with difficulties, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Bhavan will be an inspiration that with will power all difficulties can be overcome,” he said.

Modi said governments in India provide scholarships to students from Dalit, tribal and backward communities to study abroad.

“The government of India and state governments give scholarship to bright students who want to go abroad for studies. The Indian government also encourages such Dalit youth,” he said.

(IANS)

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

Sapling Plantation
A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

Also Read: Van Mahotsav: The Festival of Plantation Drive in India

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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