Guwahati, July 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday assured the people of Assam that the central and state governments are working together to mitigate their hardships in the ongoing monsoon floods in the state.
The Prime Minister expressed sympathy that Assam is also facing great challenges and difficulties in the form of floods for the last few days.
Normal life has been badly affected in many districts of Assam. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his team are working hard day and night for the relief and rescue of the flood-affected people, Modi said after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Forerunner Group newspapers in Delhi on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister underlined the outstanding contribution of Indian language journalism to Indian tradition, culture, freedom struggle and development journey.
Assam has played an important role in the development of language journalism in India, as the state has been a very vibrant place from the point of view of journalism. He said that journalism started 150 years ago in Assamese language and got stronger with time.
The Prime Minister remarked that the pioneer under the guidance of Kanaka Sen Deka always put national interest first.
Even during the Emergency, when the biggest attack on democracy took place, the forerunner Dainik and Deka ji did not compromise on journalistic values. He created a new generation of value based journalism.
People’s movements have played an important role in realizing this change, Modi said, adding that people’s movements have protected the cultural heritage of Assam and the pride of Assam. He said that now Assam is writing a new story of development with the participation of the people.
The Prime Minister said that when talks happen, there is also a solution. It is through dialogue that possibilities expand. Therefore, along with the flow of knowledge in Indian democracy, the flow of information is also flowing continuously. The forerunner is part of that tradition.
The Prime Minister said that the expansion of Indian languages was halted during the long period of slavery and in modern epistemology, research was limited to a few languages.
A large part of India did not have access to those languages, to that knowledge. He said that the scope of specialization of intelligence is shrinking.
Due to this the pool of invention and innovation has also been limited.
In the fourth industrial revolution, there is a huge opportunity for India to lead the world. This opportunity is due to our data power and digital inclusion.
The Prime Minister emphasized that no Indian should be deprived of the best knowledge, best knowledge, best skills and best opportunities just because of language, that is our endeavor. That’s why we encouraged the study of Indian languages in the National Policy on Education.
He also talked about the recently launched Unified Language Interface, Bhashini platform. He said, providing internet to crores of Indians in their own language is important from every aspect, social and economic.
Underlining the biodiversity and cultural richness of Assam and the Northeast, the Prime Minister said that Assam has a rich musical heritage and needs to be taken to the world at large. He said that the efforts of the last 8 years regarding physical and digital connectivity of the region would be immensely beneficial for the tribal tradition, tourism and culture of Assam.
The Prime Minister said that the positive role played by our media in campaigns like the Swachh Bharat Mission is still appreciated all over the country and the world.
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