PM Modi: Shivaji Maharaj's Ideals Reflect in 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat' Vision
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the reflection of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's ideals can be seen in his government's vision of "Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat". Hailing Shivaji Maharaj for upholding the unity and integrity of India, the PM said he is a source of inspiration.
In a video message played at the state-level function at the Raigad fort in Maharashtra to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the coronation of Shivaji Maharaj, the PM called it a special chapter and said that the great tales of self-governance, good governance and prosperity during his rule inspire everyone even today.
"National welfare and public welfare were the basic elements of Shivaji Maharaj’s governance," the Prime Minister said, adding that his coronation included the spirit of swarajya and nationalism.
"Shivaji Maharaj always gave paramount importance to upholding the unity and integrity of India. Today, the reflection of the thoughts of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj can be seen in the vision of Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat," he said.
The PM said: "It is the responsibility of a leader to keep his people motivated and confident. During Shivaji Maharaj's time, the morale of the people was low because of invasions, he said.
"An attempt was made to break the morale of the people by attacking our cultural centres," he said, mentioning that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj not only fought the invaders but also instilled the belief in the public that self-governance is a possibility.
"Shivaji Maharaj inspired people for nation-building by ending the mentality of slavery," Modi said.
The Prime Minister pointed out that there have been many rulers in history who were known for their military dominance but whose administrative abilities were weak. Similarly, many rulers were known for their excellent governance, but their military leadership was weak. However, the personality of Shivaji Maharaj was magnificent, as he established "swaraj" as well as "suraaj" (good governance), he added.
Talking about Shivaji Maharaj's military leadership, Modi highlighted that he established it by conquering forts and defeating enemies at a young age. As king, he also showed the way to good governance by implementing reforms in public administration.
The Prime Minister noted that, on the one hand, he protected his kingdom and culture from invaders and on the other, he put forward a comprehensive vision of nation-building.
"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is completely different from other heroes of history because of his vision," Modi said as he highlighted the public welfare character of his governance, which assured that people live with self-respect.
"Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also sent out a strong message to those who tried to hurt swaraj, religion, culture and heritage, which boosted confidence among the people and propagated the spirit of self-reliance. It resulted in boosting respect for the nation. Be it farmer welfare, women's empowerment or making governance accessible to the common man," Modi said, underscoring that his system of governance and his policies are equally relevant even today.
The Prime Minister said that Shivaji Maharaj recognised India's maritime potential. "The expansion of the Navy and his management skills are an inspiration for everyone, said Modi, adding, "Last year, India freed the Navy from a trace of slavery, as the flag of the Indian Navy with the identity of British rule has been replaced with the emblem of Shivaji Maharaj. Now, this flag symbolises the pride of the new India in the seas and skies."
The Prime Minister also mentioned the forts built by him, which are still standing proudly in the middle of the ocean despite bearing the brunt of strong waves and tides.
The Prime Minister also noted that during that period, his water management arrangements put experts in awe.
The Prime Minister stated that the bravery, ideology and justice of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj have inspired many generations and his bold style of action, strategic skills and peaceful political system are an inspiration for us even today.