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Inaugurating project 2024? PM showcases promises fulfilled | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: From the unveiling of ‘Shanti Van’ in Bhuj in memory of the Gujarat earthquake victims to the permanent commissioning of the first indigenously developed aircraft carrier INS-Vikrant and the upcoming inauguration of the Central Vista project in the national capital, PM Narendra Modi has been on a spree to launch projects vital for growth as well as national security and also laying foundation for what potentially can be the campaign plank for 2024 Lok Sabha polls meant to assert that the government has delivered what it had promised.
In the past month, Modi has launched or laid foundation stones for around 30 projects across the country, including the expansion of the Kochi metro project.
While launching these projects, Modi has not only been talking about the party’s development priorities but has also touched upon the nationalist agenda of BJP as was witnessed during the commissioning of the INS-Vikrant. His speech on the occasion of the commissioning of the indigenously built aircraft carrier dwelt on the reason for Navy’s embrace of the ensign Chhatrapati Shivaji used for his navy, identified Indo-Pacific as a region of priority from the point of view of national security and reiterated allegiance to the goal of self-reliance in building defence capability. His address marking the expansion of metro network in Kochi seemed to reflect his thrust on the development of infrastructure. Taken together, observers feel, they seem to represent the scaffoldings — development, nationalism, tough-on-national security — for the potential platform for the 2024 poll campaign.
Talking about the Indian maritime tradition and naval capabilities, the PM said, “Chhatrapati Veer Shivaji Maharaj built such a navy on the strength of this sea power, which kept the enemies on their toes. When the British came to India, they used to be intimidated by the power of Indian ships. So they decided to break the back of India’s maritime power. History is witness to how strict restrictions were imposed on Indian ships and merchants by enacting a law in the British Parliament at that time.”
About the new naval ensign, the PM noted that on the historic date of September 2, 2022, India had shrugged off the burden of “slavery”. “The Indian Navy has got a new flag from today. Till now the identity of slavery remained on the flag of the Indian Navy. But from today onwards, inspired by Chhatrapati Shivaji, the new Navy flag will fly in the sea and in the sky,” Modi had said, in what could also be a political message to the core constituency of BJP on its nationalist plank as Shivaji is known as one of the most celebrated Hindu icons.
In keeping with his focus on a resurgent India, Modi also said INS Vikrant is a tribute to the rising spirit of India on the world horizon. He said it was a manifestation of the dream of the freedom fighters in which they envisioned a capable and strong India.
The upcoming inauguration of the revamped Central Vista avenue by the PM is meant to symbolise swift completion of another project — something that the Modi government has highlighted as its commitment to develop quality infrastructure.
Modi is also likely to unveil the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate while inaugurating the revamped Central Vista Avenue for public use.
The build-up to the 2024 will see the completion of many projects with the PM urging teams to strive on — Charaiveti, Charaiveti — as he put it quoting the exhortation of Hindutva icon Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay.





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