Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brilliant definition of the “Idea of India” during his speech in Parliament today had his party men thumping their desks and the opposition looking amused. Concluding his remarks on the Constitution and BR Ambedkar, the man who drafted the document, PM Modi used the phrase “Idea of India” at least 19 times.
“The government’s only religion is India first, the only holy book the government follows is the Constitution of India,” said the prime minister.
He then went on to list what he believed was the country’s essence.
“Idea of India… Satyamev Jayate,
Idea of India… Ahimsa Parmo Dharma,
Idea of India…Ekam Sad Viprah Bahudha Vadanti,
Idea of India…Paudhe mein bhi parmatma,
Idea of India…Vasudhev Kutumbakam,
Idea of India…Sarva Panth Sambhav,
Idea of India… Appo deepo bhava,
Idea of India…Ten Takhten Bhunjitha,
Idea of India…” he spelled off many Sanskrit shlokas in a single stretch!
As the “Ideas” kept coming, BJP MPs thumped their desks in approval while Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were seen smiling. In fact Rahul Gandhi was seen talking with a sidekick. Next to Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, looked nonplussed.
PM Modi appeared to pause for breath only after saying “Idea of India …Janani janmabhoomischa swargadapi gariyasi“, a shloka spoken by Hindu god-king Ram in the epic Ramayana, which means: “Mother and motherland are greater than heaven.”
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