Speaker of Lok Sabha, Mr. Om Birla ji, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Mr. Harivansh ji, Mr. Prahlad Joshi, my colleague of the Union Council of Ministers, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, representatives of other political parties, speakers of Parliament of many countries connected through virtual medium, present here The ambassadors of many countries, the members of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, other great personalities and my dear countrymen, today is a very historic day. Today is a milestone in India’s democratic history. The inauguration of the building of the Parliament of India by Indians, steeped in the idea of Indianness, is one of the most important stages of our democratic traditions. We, the people of India, will together build this new building of our Parliament.
Friends, what will be beautiful from this, what will be sacred from this, that when India celebrates 75 years of its independence, then the new building of our Parliament should become the true inspiration of that festival. Today is a day of great fortune for over 130 crore Indians, a day of pride when we are witnessing this historic moment.
Friends, The construction of the new parliament building is an example of the co-existence of new and ancient. It is an attempt to change oneself according to time and needs. I can never forget the moment in my life when I had the opportunity to come to Parliament House for the first time in 2014 as an MP. Then, before stepping into this temple of democracy, I bowed my head and bowed my head to this temple of democracy. Our present Parliament House has played its important role in building the independence movement and then independent India. The first government of independent India was also formed here and the first parliament also sat here. It was in this Parliament House that our Constitution was composed, our democracy was restored. Baba Saheb Ambedkar and other seniors gave us their constitution after a deep brainstorm in the Central Hall. The current building of Parliament, every ups and downs of independent India, our every challenges, our solutions, our hopes, aspirations, Has been a symbol of our success. Every law made in this house, many deep things said in the Parliament House during the construction of these laws, are all the heritage of our democracy.
Friends, With the powerful history of Parliament, it is equally necessary to accept reality. This building is now about a hundred years old. In the past decades, it was continuously upgraded to meet the current needs. The number of times the walls have been broken in this process. Sometimes a new sound system, sometimes a fire safety system, sometimes an IT system. To increase the seating area in the Lok Sabha, the walls have also been removed. After so much, this house of Parliament is now seeking rest. Right now the Lok Sabha Speaker was also telling how the situation has been difficult for many years, the need for a new Parliament House has been felt for years. In such a situation, it becomes the responsibility of all of us that 21st century India should get a new parliament building. Today it is being launched in this direction. And so, today when we are starting the construction work of a new parliament building, we are also adding a new year to the life of the present Parliament complex.
Friends, many new things are being done in the new Parliament House, which will increase the efficiency of MPs, modern methods will be introduced in their work culture. Now as people come from their parliamentary constituency to meet their MPs, the people who face the Parliament House now face a lot of trouble. The general public is in trouble, the citizens are in trouble, the general public has to share any of their problems with their MP, if they want to share some happiness and sorrow, then for this also there is a lot of lack of space in the Parliament House. In future, every MP will have the facility that he will get an arrangement from the people of his constituency in the midst of this huge complex here so that he can share his happiness and sorrow with the people who come from his parliamentary constituency.
Friends, if the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the creation of self-reliant India. If work is done to fulfill the needs of the country in the old Parliament House, then the aspirations of 21st century India will be fulfilled in the new building. Today, just beyond India Gate, the National War Memorial has created a national identity, similarly the new building of Parliament will establish its identity. People of the country, generations to come, will be proud to see the new building that it is built in independent India, it has been constructed remembering 75 years of independence.
Friends, The source of the strength of the Parliament House, the source of its energy, is our democracy. How the existence of India as a democratic nation was doubted and doubted at the time of independence is part of history. With many arguments like illiteracy, poverty, social diversity and inexperience, it was also predicted that democracy would fail in India. Today we can proudly say that our country has not only proved those fears wrong but the world of 21st century is also seeing India moving ahead as an important democratic force.
Friends, why democracy is successful in India, why it is successful and why democracy can never be affected, it is very important for every generation to know and understand it. We see and hear, there is a lot of discussion in the world about the Magna Carta composed in the 13th century, some scholars also call it the foundation of democracy. But it is equally true that even before Magna Carta, ‘Basant Mantapam’ of Lord Basaveshwara came into existence in India in the 12th century itself. In the form of ‘Anubhav Mantapam’, he not only created the Lok Parliament but also ensured its functioning. And Lord Baseshwar ji had said – Yi Anubhava Mantap Jan Sabha, Nadina Mattu Rashtradha Unnitage Hagu, Abhivadhidge Purakavagi Kelsa Maduthatade! That is the Anubhav Mantapam, a public meeting that inspires everyone to work unitedly in the interest of the state and the nation and for their progress. Anubhav Mantapam,
Friends, even before this period, a very historical evidence can be seen in a village named Uttaramerur, 80-85 km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The village describes the Panchayat system written in Tamil on stones in the 10th century during the Chola Empire. And it describes how every village was catagorized in Kudumbu, which we today call a ward. One representative each from these Kudumbus was sent to the General Assembly, and as it is today. The Mahasabha, which used to be held in this village thousands of years ago, is still present there.
Friends, one more thing was very important in this democratic system, formed a thousand years ago. There is a description in that article written on that stone and it says that there was also a provision to disqualify the people’s representative to contest elections, at that time, and what was the rule – the rule was that the representative of his property details Will not, he and his close relatives will not be able to contest elections. Think how many years ago, how closely every aspect was thought, understood, made part of its democratic traditions at that time.
Friends, this history of our democracy is seen in every corner of the country, it is seen in every corner. We are familiar with some words – Sabha, Samiti, Ganapati, Ganadhipati, these words have flowed in our mind and brain for centuries. Centuries ago, republics like Shakya, Mallam and Vejji, republics like Lichchavi, Mallak Merc and Kamboj or Kalinga in the Mauryan period all made democracy the basis of governance. Among our Vedas composed thousands of years ago, the idea of democracy has been seen in the Rigveda as the collective consciousness, collective consciousness.
Friends, usually when democracy is discussed elsewhere, most of the elections, election process, elected members, the composition of their formation, governance, administration and definition of democracy are around these things. In most places, to put more emphasis on this type of system is called democracy. But democracy in India is a ritual. Democracy is the value of life for India, it is the way of life, the nation is the soul of life. India’s democracy is a system developed through centuries of experience. In a democracy for India, there is also a life mantra, an element of life as well as a system of order. From time to time, the systems kept changing, the processes kept changing but the soul remained a democracy. And see the irony, today India’s democracy is explained to us by western countries. When we glorify our democratic history with confidence,
Friends, the power contained in India’s democracy is giving new energy to the development of the country, giving new faith to the countrymen. In many countries of the world, where a different situation is being created with regard to democratic processes, in India democracy is constantly being renewed. In recent years, we have seen that voter turnout is continuously decreasing in many democratic countries. In contrast, in India we are seeing voter turnout increasing with every election. In this also the participation of women and youth is increasing continuously.
Friends, this belief is the reason for this faith. Democracy in India has always been an important means of resolving differences and contradictions along with governance. Different views, different perspectives, all these things empower a vibrant democracy. There is always room for differences but never disconnected, our democracy has moved forward with this goal. Guru Nanak Dev ji has also said – When Lagu Duniya Rahi Nanak. Listen to something, say it. That is, the dialogue should continue as long as the world remains. Saying something and listening to something is the life of dialogue. This is the soul of democracy. There may be a difference in policies, there may be a difference in politics, but we are there to serve the public, there should be no difference in this ultimate goal. Debates whether within Parliament or outside Parliament, the resolution of service to the nation, dedication to the national interest should be constantly reflected. And therefore, Today, when the construction of the new Parliament House starts, we have to remember that it is the responsibility of all of us to awaken optimism towards the democracy that is the basis of the existence of the Parliament House. We always have to remember that every delegate who reaches Parliament is accountable. This accountability is also towards the public and also to the constitution. Every decision of ours should be in the spirit of nation first, national interest should be paramount in every decision we make. For the achievement of national resolutions, we should stand in one voice, in one voice, it is very important. National interest should remain paramount in our every decision. For the achievement of national resolutions, we should stand in one voice, in one voice, it is very important. National interest should remain paramount in our every decision. For the achievement of national resolutions, we should stand in one voice, in one voice, it is very important.
Friends, when the temple building is built here, initially its base is only brick and stone. The work of artisans, craftsmen, all completes the construction of that building. But that building, a temple is built when it comes to perfection when it has life and dignity. Till his life, he remains only a building.
Friends, a new parliament building will also be ready, but it will remain a building until its life and reputation. But this life reputation will not be of any one idol. There is no law in this temple of democracy. The representatives of the people who come to this temple will be consecrated. Their dedication, their service sense will make the life of this temple. Their ethics, behavior, will make the life of this democracy temple. His efforts towards the unity and integrity of India will become the energy of the life and dignity of this temple. When every public representative, his knowledge, his skill, his intellect, his education, his experience will squeeze completely here, squeeze into the national interest, anoint him, then this new Parliament House will be consecrated. Here is the Rajya Sabha, Council of States, This is an arrangement that gives a boost to the federal structure of India. We have to take a pledge to work with this fundamental principle of development of the state for the development of the nation, strengthening of the state for the strengthening of the nation, welfare of the state for the welfare of the nation. Generation by generation, with the swearing of the public representatives who will come here in the coming tomorrow, their contribution will start in this Mahayagya of life and dignity. The benefit of this will be given to some people of the country. The new Parliament building will be a taposthli that will serve to bring prosperity in the lives of the countrymen, will work for the welfare of the people. With his swearing in, his contribution to this Mahayagya of life-prestige will begin. The benefit of this will be given to some people of the country. The new Parliament building will be a taposthli that will serve to bring prosperity in the lives of the countrymen, will work for the welfare of the people. With his swearing in, his contribution to this Mahayagya of life-prestige will begin. The benefit of this will be given to some people of the country. The new Parliament building will be a taposthli that will serve to bring prosperity in the lives of the countrymen, will work for the welfare of the people.
Friends, 21st century should be India’s century, it has been the dream of great men and great women of our country. We have been listening to this discussion for a long time. The 21st century will become the century of India when every citizen of India will contribute to make his India the best. Opportunities for India are increasing in a changing world. Sometimes it feels like a flood of opportunity is coming. We should not let this opportunity come out of our hands under any circumstances. The experiences of the last century have taught us a lot. Learning of those experiences, reminds us again and again that time is not to be lost, time has to be cultivated.
Friends, today I want to mention a very old and important thing. In the year 1897, Swami Vivekananda gave a call to the people of the country for the next 50 years. And Swamiji had said that worship of Mother India should be paramount for the next 50 years. His only job for the countrymen was to worship Mother India. And we saw the power of the speech of that great man, exactly 50 years after that, India got independence in 1947. Today when the foundation stone of the new Parliament House is being laid, the country has to lay the foundation stone of a new resolution as well. Every citizen has to lay the foundation for a new resolution. We have to take this pledge, remembering the call of Swami Vivekananda. May this resolution be of India First, India paramount. Let us worship only the progress of India and the development of India. Every decision of ours should increase the strength of the country. Our every decision, every decision, Be weighed in a single scale. And that scales – the country’s interest is paramount, the country’s interest is first. Every decision of ours should be in the interest of present and future generations.
Friends, Swami Vivekananda had spoken for 50 years. We have the hundredth anniversary of India’s independence coming after 25-26 years. When the country enters its hundredth year of independence in the year 2047, then how should our country be, how far do we have to take the country, how should we spend these 25-26 years, for this we have to start with a resolution today . When we work today with the resolution and keeping the interest of the country paramount, we will improve not only the present but also the future of the country. Building self-reliant India, building a prosperous India is not going to stop now, no one can stop it.
Friends, we people of India, take this pledge – there will never be any greater interest for us than the country. We, the people of India, take this pledge – The nation’s concern for us will be more than our own concern. We, the people of India, take this pledge – nothing will be more important to us than the unity, integrity of the country. We, the people of India, take this pledge – for us the honor and dignity of the constitution of the country will be the biggest goal of life. We have to always remember this feeling of Gurudev Ravindra Nath Tagore. And what was the spirit of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Gurudev used to say- Ekota Jyoto Dharo, Jatiyo Unnotti Coro, Ghushuk Bhubone Shobe Bharather Joy! That is, the enthusiasm of unity is to be held. May every citizen progress, Praise India in the whole world!
I am confident that the new building of our Parliament will inspire all of us to present a new ideal. The credibility of our democratic institutions should always be stronger. With this wish, I pause my speech. And with the resolution of 2047, I invite the entire countrymen to walk.
Thank you all so very much!!
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