Our new India should be the country in which the poor, farmers, labourers, backward and tribals have equal opportunities for all, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while launching the year-long 125th birth anniversary celebration of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh.
Modi said that he is feeling privileged at getting an opportunity to salute the great land of Andhra Pradesh with such a rich legacy.
The Prime Minister noted that the freedom struggle is not just a history of a few years, a few areas, or of a few people. This history is the history of sacrifice, tenacity and sacrifices of every nook and corner of India.
“History of our freedom movement is a symbol of the strength of our diversity, culture and of our unity as a nation," he added.
He said that India’s spiritualism gave Alluri Sitarama Raju a sense of compassion and kindness, a sense of identification and equality for the tribal society, knowledge and courage.
Noting the youth of Alluri Sitarama Raju and those who laid down their lives at the Rampa Rebellion, the Prime Minister emphasised that their sacrifice is a source of energy and inspiration for the entire nation even today.
“Youth of the country led the freedom struggle. Today, this is the best opportunity for the youth to come forward for the development of the country," he said.
Modi pointed out that today, there are new opportunities, avenues, thought processes and possibilities in new India and our youth is taking up the responsibility of realising these possibilities.
The Prime Minister said today tribal art and skills are getting a new identity through the Skill India Mission. 'Vocal for Local' is making tribal art skills a means of income.
Decades-old laws which prevented tribal people from cutting forest produce like bamboo, we changed them and gave them rights on forest produce, he said.