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PM presents honorary doctorates to Ilayaraja, Sivaraman

- November 11, 2022

Chennai, Nov 11( BPNS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Gandhian values are becoming increasingly relevant. He said that Gandhian ideals are valid in ending conflicts as well as in climate crisis and said that Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals have solutions to many of the issues faced by the world.  He was speaking at the 36th convocation ceremony of Gandhigram Rural Institute in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu on Friday.

Narendra Modi said that Gandhigram Rural Institute was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi himself and one can see the spirit of his ideals at the institute.

“Khadi was forgotten for a long but through the call ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion’ it has become very popular,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that Mahatma Gandhi had seen Khadi as a tool of self-reliance in villages and through the self-reliance of villages he had sown the seed for a self-reliant India. Modi said that Atmanirbhar Bharat was an idea inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s self-reliant villages concept.

“You are the builders of new India. You have the responsibility to take India to its Amrit Kaal, the next 25 years,” he told students who attended the convocation ceremony.

The Prime minister presented honorary doctorates to renowned musicians, Ilayaraja and Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman at Gandhigram Rural Institute on Friday.

Ilayaraja is a renowned Tamil and South Indian music composer who is highly respected in the music world while Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman is a noted instrumentalist of South India.

Prime Minister arrived at Madurai in a special aircraft from Bengaluru and was received at the airport by the Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi, Ministers K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran,  Thangam Thenarassu, Moorthy, former Chief Ministers Edappadi K. Palaniswami, O. Panneerselvam , Chief Secretary Irai Anbu, DG of Police, C. Sylendrababu , Madurai district collector, Aneesh Shekhar and Madurai City police commissioner Senthil Kumar. Senior leaders of the BJP and AIADMK were also present at the airport to receive the Prime Minister.

Modi proceeded to Gandhigram Rural institute in a helicopter with the Tamil Nadu Governor, R.N. Ravi accompanying him. The Prime Minister was received at the helipad by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M.K. Stalin.

Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L. Murugan, Tamil Nadu Minister, I. Periaswamy, and senior BJP leaders C.P. Radhakrishnan and Pon Radhakrishnan.