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Chief Minister inaugurates the two-day Cultural Economy Conclave at Gujarat University

Chief Minister inaugurates the two-day Cultural Economy Conclave at Gujarat University.

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Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel emphasized that a Viksit Bharat will be built on our robust cultural heritage and a strong economy. He credited Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for carrying forward both our cultural legacy and economic progress. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set the direction to develop a Viksit Bharat by the time we celebrate the Centenary of Independence in 2047. Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the two-day Cultural Economy Conclave at Gujarat University, in the presence of the Governor of Telangana and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan.

 

Addressing the interconnectedness of culture and economy, the Chief Minister expressed, “A nation’s economy and culture are intricately linked. Recognizing and strengthening the country’s culture is crucial for economic development. The Cultural Economy Conclave at Gujarat University is instrumental in achieving this objective.”

 

Speaking further on this, the Chief Minister added, “Our festivals, traditions, social gatherings, and programs contribute significantly to the enrichment of the country’s economy. Festivals, being integral to our culture, play a vital role in stabilizing the economy by generating employment opportunities for many and supporting various industries. The rise in the country’s GST collection during the Diwali festival is evidence of this phenomenon.”

 

Addressing Gujarat’s cultural heritage and its impact on the economy, the CM highlighted that Garba, the pride and cultural legacy of Gujarat, has recently earned the honor of being recognized as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO. The Navratri festival in Gujarat significantly contributes to the revenue of the events and festival industry. The Heritage Walk in Ahmedabad stands as evidence of the intricate connection between culture and the economy.

 

He mentioned that, under the able leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the country has risen to become the fifth-largest economy globally, propelled by economic initiatives such as GST, Jan Dhan Yojana, and micro-finance.

 

CM highlighted the ongoing cultural transformation in the country under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Notably, the construction of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor and Mahakal Corridor stands as a prominent example of this cultural reform. These corridor projects have not only enhanced ‘pilgrimage tourism’ but have also significantly contributed to the local economy. Additionally, he mentioned the ongoing construction of the All-Weather Road under the Char Dham Yatra project, emphasizing the continued development under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

 

Moreover, the CM mentioned the initiation of a new tradition, the Saurashtra Tamil Sangam, in Gujarat, aimed at enhancing both business relations and cultural exchange. Through this Sangam, Tamil people visited places like Somnath in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Chief Minister highlighted that, in addition to cultural exchange activities with Tamil counterparts, seminars focusing on clothing and business were also conducted in Gujarat during this event.

 

The CM stated that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has infused new energy into the longstanding ties between Gujarat and the Northeast by initiating the tradition of Madhavpur Ghed Fair. Additionally, a pilgrimage tourism corridor is underway in Dwarka, Gujarat. The implementation of the ‘Prasad’ Yojana, aimed at the development of religious sites and cultural hubs, is also underway.

 

Moreover, the Chief Minister elaborated that, under the guidance of the Prime Minister, extensive efforts are being undertaken to foster culture, heritage, Indian music, literature, and dance. The goal is to provide a suitable platform for artistic professions and to impart a fresh dimension to cultural and economic activities. State festivals like the Tana Riri Festival, Uttarardh Festival, and Dang Festival contribute significantly to the enhancement of local culture and economy.

 

CM expressed that the economy acts as the engine of any country, while its culture acts as the guiding headlight, forming the basis for the nation’s development. The prosperity and cultural richness of a country play a pivotal role in contributing to its economy.

 

During the inauguration of the Cultural Economy Conclave, Dr. Tamilisai Soundarajan, the Governor of Telangana and Lt. Governor of Puducherry emphasized the enriched cultural heritage of our country dating back to ancient times. He highlighted the role of temples built by our forefathers and kings in fostering cultural unity over the years, emphasizing their significant contribution to cultural and economic development.

 

Expanding on his remarks, Dr. Soundarajan noted that, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, our cultural essence is now permeating worldwide. The global adoption of yoga culture and the widespread acceptance of our traditional medicine and ancient health practices reflect the influence of our culture on an international scale. Additionally, the declaration of the year 2023 as the International Year of Millet, aimed at incorporating millets into people’s diets for health benefits, signifies a cultural connection with substantial contributions to the country’s economy.

 

Dr. Neerja Gupta, the Chancellor of Gujarat University, mentioned that the university is commemorating its 75th year by celebrating Paras Parva. As part of this celebration, the ongoing cultural economy conclave will host diverse discussions and deliberations on India’s culture, traditions, pilgrimage sites, and prayers.

During this event, Dr. Neerja Gupta, the Chancellor of Gujarat University, was joined by MLA Shri Amit Shah, Shri Kaushik Jain, Shri Harshad Patel, Shri Jitendra Patel, Shri Saurabh Pandey, the Chairman of India Think Council, and Dr. P. M. Patel, the Registrar of Gujarat University, along with a significant number of students and teachers.

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