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PM Modi said Sardar Patel’s statue in Ontario to become a symbol of India-Canada relations.

Sardar Patel’s statue is being unveiled at Sanatan Mandir Centre. “Sardar Vallabhbhai’s statue at Sanatan Mandir will not only strengthen our cultural values but also become a symbol of the relationship between two countries,” PM Modi said in Ontario. The Prime Minister also highlighted the role played by the Ontario-based Sanatan Mandir Cultural Center in keeping Indian culture and values alive in Canada. PM Modi praised Indians living in Canada for being devoted to India. “An Indian may live anywhere in the world for generations but his devotion to India does not decrease even a little. Whatever nation he resides in, he serves it honestly. Democratic values and sense of duty carried by his ancestors from India live in a corner of his heart,” the Prime Minister added.

Pic credit: Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre.

Talking about the importance of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world as one family), PM Modi said, “India talks about ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. India does not dream of its own uplift at the cost of another’s loss. India wishes for the welfare of entire humanity, the whole world,” he also added that as India is marking 75 years of independence or Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav we are taking a pledge to make a new India. “We are reiterating our resolve to fulfill that dream of Sardar Saheb.” “After independence, Sardar Saheb restored the Somnath temple to remind India of its thousands of years of heritage. Gujarat was a witness to that cultural Mahayagya”, noted the PM.

Vinod Nair

V VInod Nair. Film Critic, Writer, Designer, Blogger, photographer Former Visualiser with Indian Express Newspapers Ltd, former Special Info-Graphic Designer with The Times of India. Contributor, film critic The TImes of India. Freelance journalist.

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