Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi said he foresees a bright future for the state and called
upon the people for their contribution in cooperation in its
Modi said this at a function where earth and water from
several villages of the state were brought here to build the
Mahatma Mandir, which has been conceptualised as a grand
tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
"I see a bright future for Gujarat and it also needs
people`s contribution and cooperation. We are not only laying
foundation of Mahatma Mandir but it is foundation of the
future of Gujarat, I can see that," Modi said during his
inaugural address of the 14-day long function.
"They have come with a pot filled with earth and water as
their contribution to built the Mahatma Mandir. I do not think
that when the Mahatma Mandir was conceptualised, the
government would have expected such a response from people,"
the Chief Minister added.
Modi said representative of over 18,000 villages in the
state would come here with earth and water from their
respective villages over the next two weeks and they will be
received by a minister of his government.
"With the contribution of earth from across the state,
country and world over, Mahatma Mandir won`t be merely a
building, it will be a monument for the world," Modi said.
He said that this was for the first time that the
contribution of villages in the development of the state is
clearly visible and publicly acknowledged.
Though Gandhiji was born in Gujarat, but he was a world
leader and a legend. Therefore, for people to understand
Mahatma and follow his path of non-violence and peace, this
Mahatma Mandir was conceptualised, he said.
The foundation of Mahatma Mandir, being conceptualised as
a grand tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, was
laid on May 1.
Mahatma Mandir will house an international convention
centre, three big exhibition halls, and small halls having
conferencing facility. It will also depict the life of Mahatma
Gandhi and will also act as a source of public awareness about
his principals of non-violence and peace.