Prime Minister addressed Tiranga Yatra in Surat via video conferencing on Thursday. During the event, Modi on Wednesday described the national flag as a reflection of the pride of India’s past, commitment to the present and dreams of the future, and said it stood for the country’s unity, integrity and diversity.
The Prime Minister also said that the tricolour has been a symbol of the country’s textile industry, khadi (a hand-spun and hand-woven fabric) and self-reliance.
“The tricolour of India does not only contain three colours, but our tricolour is a reflection of the pride of our past, our commitment to the present and our dreams of the future. Our tricolour is a symbol of India’s unity, India’s integrity and India’s diversity,” Modi said.
“Our national flag itself has been a symbol of the country’s textile industry, the country’s khadi and our self-reliance. Surat has always laid the groundwork for a self-reliant India in this area,” he said.
The prime minister added that Gujarat led India’s freedom struggle in the form of Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi), and gave the country personalities like ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Patel, who laid the foundation of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ (One India, great India) post-Independence.
The message that the Bardoli movement and the Dandi Yatra gave, united the entire country, he said.
“Our fighters saw the future of the country, its dream in the tricolour and never let it bow down by any means. When today, after 75 years of Independence, we are beginning the journey of a new India, the tricolour is once again representing the unity and consciousness of India,” he said.