Excerpts from the book ‘Social Harmony’ by Narendra Modi

Vadnagar village, Shri Narendra Modi aged 12 years studying in class 8, he wrote and acted in a soliloquy named, “The Yellow Flower,” with the theme of untouchability, at the school.

The story is about the only child of a poor mother who falls severely ill.  The mother runs helter – skelter for his treatment, but no body is ready to treat an untouchable child.

Someone advises her to get some yellow flowers offered to God in the temple so that she can save her child’s life.

The mother runs towards the temple but is not allowed to enter.  Finally, when she reaches home, broken, insulted and condemned, she finds that her child is no more.

As a student of class 8, Shri Narendra Modi conveyed the message – Everybody is equal and should have equal right on God’s blessings. Dholka, 1984.

A lecture by RSS campaigner Shri Narendra Modi at a Jain Upashray near the Kuberji Temple at Kharakua on the occasion of Makarsankranti celebrations organized by the RSS: The words flowed from his heart.  “There is a social science be hind every Indian festival.

This festival of kite – flying binds society in one thread. It urges us to create an environment of friendship, belonging and cooperation to each other in society.

Makarsankranti brings pleasure, zeal  and velocity to society and initiates the slow but firm process of removing the perverted mentality and maintaining social unity, social harmony and social vigilance. It creates emotions of social development and progress.

“Gandhinagar, Dhanteras, 2001. Narendra Modi took charge as Chief Minister of Gujarat on October 7, 2001, after which he was about to enter his official residence, for which the auspicious day of Dhanteras was chosen.

For Shri Narendra Modi, this was not only the ceremony for entering his new residence, but also an occasion to bring forth the emotion of social harmony flowing in his heart for a long time.

Shri Narendra Modi decided that the ceremonial Kalash (earthen pot) would be placed in his new residence by a Dalit girl.  What other than this could be a message of social harmony?  On Dhanteras, a Dalit girl named Ravina Nareshkumar Jadav, placed the ceremonial pot and Shri Narendra Modi entered his official residence after this ceremony.

There was a long gap between these three incidents.  Shri Narendra Modi went through different stages of life, but his thoughts and actions have always been consistent.

The strong flow of feelings towards society and social harmony has been flowing continuously in his heart.  Shri Narendra Modi is known for giving an emotional touch to any situation.  Once Rakshabandhan was being celebrated at the Chief Minister’s residence and numerous sisters had come to tie a rakhi to Shri Narendra Modi.

The black commandos deployed for Shri Narendra Modi’s security were standing outside.  When Shri Narendra Modi entered the marquee, the assembled sisters started tying rakhis on his wrist.  But for Shri Narendra Modi, Rakshabandhan was not only a festival of the love between a brother and sister, it was also a festival of social harmony.

He felt those rakhis should also be tied on the wrists of the black commandos working for his security.

He called all the commandos inside and asked the sisters to tie those rakhis.  The common dos, who were away from their families on Rakshabandhan, were rendered emotional and they found their eyes brimming with tears.  I have seen Shri Narendra Modi working since the day of his lecture on Makarsankranti.

Initially, a question arose in my mind: Does Shri Narendra Modi only talk?  Does he only present ideas or does he put them in action too?

After observing his life and lifestyle, I realize that there is absolutely no difference between the thoughts and actions of Shri Narendra Modi.

This book is the result of efforts undertaken to under stand his ideas.  It is such an exciting and revolution event to see a daughter of the backward tribal community being honored by Jagat Guru Shankaracharya.

This historical event occurred almost twenty years ago, before the reservation movement gained strength and it is one that the entire Hindu society can take pride in.

Shri Narendra Modi was the behind – the – scene inspiration for establishing harmony, love and equality.  He was a campaigner for the RSS and the Sangh had encouraged him to enter politics.  Within a year, politics in Gujarat saw a tremendous change.

Under the guidance of Shri Narendra Modi, for the first time in the state, the BJP won the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation elections.  Around the same time the Jagat Guru Shankaracharya

of Dwarkapith, Swami Swarupanandji was in Ahmedabad to spend the four months of Chaturmaas.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation decided to organize a public ceremony to honor him.

At that time, Shri Narendra Modi shaped a socially revolutionary event behind the curtain.

He asked his party colleagues to honor a girl from the backward tribal class, who was the first in her community to get a PhD degree in the presence of Jagat Guru Shankaracharya.

And thus, for the first time in the history of Gujarat, Shardaben Vadadara from the backward Valmiki community was honored by Jagat Guru Shankaracharya Swami Swaru panandji.

.  Shri Narendra Modi’s innovative thought and dedication created a revolutionary event in the social life of Gujarat.  Shri Narendra Modi has a unique vision and approach towards society.