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Modi invokes Gandhiji, calls for rural uplift

india Updated: Jun 12, 2013 01:56 IST
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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has taken a page out of Mahatma Gandhi’s book to give a fresh spin to the state’s development story.

Gujarat has so far been criticised about achieving development in urban areas, while the rural areas have been lagging behind. But on Tuesday, invoking the Gandhian philosophy of development of villages for development of the country, Modi said, “I am convinced that Mahatma Gandhi was correct… India lives in its villages.”

Inaugurating a conference on dairy industry in Gandhinagar, Modi said agriculture and its allied sectors like animal husbandry are primary sectors of economy and unless they are strengthened, there cannot be overall economic development in the country.

“As the population is increasing, the need for foodgrain and milk is also increasing. At the same time, individual land-holding is reducing. In this scenario, we must find ways to increase productivity,” he said.

“When the world is reeling under global warming and other environmental problems, if we hear what Gandhiji had said, we will find all our answers,” Modi added.