Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to 15th century poet and sage Sant Kabir Das on his 500th death anniversary in Maghar in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Modi took a round of the mausoleum of Sant Kabir Das and offered ‘chadar’.
PM Modi addressed a public rally and laid foundation stone of research institute Sant Kabir Academy, which will preach Kabir’s teachings and philosophy. The Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the Kabir Academy. He also visited Sant Kabir cave.
While addressing a public rally in Sant Kabir Nagar district’s Maghar he said, “Two days ago, it was the 43rd anniversary of Emergency. It is the greed for power that those who opposed and those who opposed Emergency have come together today. They don’t see the welfare of society but only the welfare of themselves and their families,”
“There are some parties which do not want peace & development but unrest. They think if there will be unrest, they will benefit politically. Such people are cut off from their roots. They don’t know the nature of this nation, where the likes of Sant Kabir, Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Ambedkar belong,” PM Modi said.
During his public address, the Prime Minister also spoke about Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the scheme that has benefitted over five crore people, by helping them open bank accounts. PMJDY has provided over 80 lakh women with free gas connections.
He said this government is committed to working for the upliftment of the poor.
During his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat” on June 24, the Prime Minister had recalled the contribution of 15th-century poet in dispelling superstitions. Kabir Das preferred to breathe his last in Maghar, despite the common belief that whoever dies there does not reach heaven, PM Modi had said.
“Just as the prime minister gave a message from the Gorakhnath peeth in Gorakhpur in 2014, he will give a message from the nirvan sthali of Kabir Das this time,” zonal vice president of the BJP, Satyendra Sinha said.
Sant Kabir Academy, the research institute expected to come up at a cost of Rs 24 crore.
(With agency inputs)