Lucknow/Rae Bareilly: Emphasizing that peace and harmony cannot be achieved without valour, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday urged citizens to dedicate themselves with utmost honesty to eliminate poverty, anarchy and inequality in the next 25 years to build a powerful, self-reliant nation.
While paying rich tributes to ‘Awadh Kesari’ Rana Beni Madhav Baksh Singh for his unparalleled sacrifice, indomitable spirit and valour on his 218th birth anniversary in Rae Bareili, CM Yogi said that Rana Beni Madhav Baksh Singhji freed the entire Awadh region from British tyranny 90 years before India attained freedom for a period of nearly 1.5 years.
“Rana Beni Madhav Baksh Singhji and Veera Pasiji not only led the freedom struggle in the Awadh region during India’s first war of Independence in 1857, but also inspired generations to continue fighting against slavery and for India’s independence with dedication till it was attained,” said Yogi Adityanath during the ‘Bhav Samarpan Samaroh’.
Stating that all Indians are extremely fortunate to witness India’s Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava, the Chief Minister said that every citizen must work to fulfil the resolutions laid by the Prime Minister to achieve the goal of India we dream of in the next 25 years. “To bring India at par with other leading nations in the world, we as citizens must discharge our duties towards the nation with utmost honesty and dedication,” emphasised the CM.
CM Yogi said that every citizen and the section that they represent in society must ensure their maximum and honest contribution towards building a self-reliant nation and a super power.
While the government has prioritised development of the state and is working in that direction by preparing strategies and forming roadmaps, every citizen must also contribute to achieve the goal of an India where there is no place for poverty, inequality, anarchy, and an India which is seen leading the world towrds humanity, peace and harmony, Yogi said.
He went on to say that the contribution of Prithviraj Chouhan, Maharana Pratap Singh and Guru Gobind Singhji was towards ending the foreign rule that was present in India during their times. “Although Indians never accepted British rule, in 1857, entire India fought unitedly against the Britishers and with presence of great revolutionaries like Mangal Pandey, Rani Lakshmibai, Kotwal Dhan Singh, the land of Uttar Pradesh sparked the fire for independence during the first war of independence,” said Yogi.
The events in Uttar Pradesh— Chauri Chaura in Gorakhpur (1922), Kakori Train Action near Lucknow (1925) — and many other countless places strengthened country’s fight for freedom, he added.
On the occasion, the CM also extended his greetings to Subedar Major Sanjay Kumar, recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military award, saying that “our soldiers and warriors have showed their valour in every hour of need and their contribution is unmatched in ensuring country’s progress.”
During the Covid-19 pandemic, India under the leadership of PM Modi, carried forward its relentless fight, giving priority to humanity. The government made the best use of technology and conveyed its sentiments to the common man during crisis, said the CM, stressing, “utilisation of technology with sensitivity is the need of today which will ensure a prosperous and peaceful future of the nation.”
Furthermore, Yogi urged colleges and all educational institutions to prepare a framework in a manner that the youth and upcoming generations are made aware of the sacrifices and the contribution of known and unsung heroes of the country. “Colleges should not just present degrees to the students, but also encourage research and documentation to create awareness,” he said.