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Prime Minister release Coin, Stamp on Mahatma Gandhi’s spiritual guru Shrimad Rajchandraji

“Shrimad Rajchandraji and Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of truth and non-violence will guide the world – if not today or tomorrow, someday”

“Need to celebrate Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 and India’s Independence 75th anniversary in 2022 in a befitting manner”

“Suppressing violence with violence, lynching persons for cow slaughter couldn’t be tolerated; law should take its own course.”        

 – Narendra Modi


“Sabarmati Ashram was centre stage of India’s freedom struggle, Gujarat made budgetary provision for projecting Ashram onto global map”

– Chief Minister Vijay Rupani 

Ahmedabad, June 29, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi released Commemorative First Day Cover and Stamp of Rs.5, and also Coins of Rs150 and Rs.10 denominations to mark 150th birth anniversary of Jain poet-thinker Shrimad Rajchandraji, coinciding with Sabarmati Ashram’s centenary celebration here today.

The coins were issued by the Central Government and stamp by the Postal Department. Shrimad Rajchandraji is known to be the spiritual mentor of Mahatma Gandhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi called for spreading Shrimad Rajchandra and Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth, non-violence and equality around the world. He said the Gandhian philosophy would guide the world to rescue the human beings from the stress and hazards of living – if not today or tomorrow, it would happen someday. He described Shrimad Rajchandra as an unusual person who believed in plain living and added that his life is worth postgraduate and doctoral research.

He said that we are paying heavily for the neglect of the great contributions of our illustrious sons of the soil. If we had established Mahatma Gandhi as the messiah of peace in the world by now, the Secretary-Generals of the United Nations would perhaps first pay their tribute to the Mahatma and then assume office to preach non-violence to the world.

Mr. Modi called upon the nation to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019 and India’s Independence in 2022 in a befitting manner. He regretted the tendency of remembering Mahatma Gandhi when his ideals suit people and challenging them when it doesn’t.

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave’s veneration for cow, he said that non-violence is our way of life. Violence should not be suppressed with violence. He strongly condemned lynching persons for cow slaughter. Law should take its course.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Sabarmati Ashram had been the centre stage of India’s freedom struggle as well as the epicenter of spreading the message of non-violence to the world. He said that Shrimad Rajchandraji was the spiritual guru of Mahatma Gandhi. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi is following the footprints of Mahatma Gandhi for girls’ education, save girl child, cleanliness, self-reliance, respecting women and social equality. He said that Gujarat Government has made budgetary provision for projecting Sabarmati Ashram on the world map.

Dharampur-based Rajchandra Mission’s founder Gurudev Rakeshbhai exuded confidence that Shrimad Rajchndraji’s mentoring Mahatma Gandhi would not go waster. He presented a memento to the Prime Minister.

Sabarmati Ashram trustee Elaben Bhatt delivered the welcome address.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli, Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Ganpatbhai Vasava and other Ministers, MPs Paresh Raval and Kiritsinh Solanki, Ahmedabad Mayor Gautam Shah, senior government officers and a large number of public.

Source : Gujarat Information Bureau

Source: Information Department, Gujarat