New Delhi: India wants to become a powerful nation for the “welfare of the whole world” and not to intimidate people living in other countries, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Wednesday.
Waving a saffron flag, the home minister minister kicked off the ‘Rath Yatra’ from the India Gate lawns that would collect soil and water for a week-long ‘Vedic yagya’ in March here.
Describing it as an “extraordinary Rath Yatra”, Singh, also said that this event was not to gain any power, but for “nation-building” and a fully-secured and prosperous India.
The ‘Rashtriya Raksha Mahayagya’ is slated to be held from March 18-25 in the sprawling lawns outside the Red Fort, involving over 1,100 priests.
He said that the government’s aim was not to make India prosperous, solely to become a rich or a strong and powerful country, adding, “we want to do it for global welfare”.
“If we want to become strong, it is not so to strike terror in the hearts of people living in other countries. We want to make such a prosperous India, a country whose cultural heritage is intact. An India which takes the place of ‘Vishwa Guru’ (world leader),” Singh said.
“We want to keep the country’s integrity intact not just for the welfare of the people of India, but for the welfare of the entire world,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also envisaged a ‘New India’ by 2022 that seeks to end poverty, unemployment, raise awareness towards sanitation, end discrimination on the basis of caste, religion and other factors, he said.
The purpose of the event is to see the nation become “strong, proud, self-reliant and prosperous” and its cultural heritage remain intact.