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Focus on rural areas: Joshi

ATTEMPTS WERE being made by some Indians to finish the identity of India but such efforts would not succeed at all, stated former Union minister for human resource development, science and technology and former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, at a function organised at Rajarshi Mandapam here on Thursday to mark the 73rd birthday of Dr Joshi. Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh?s statement made in London during his UK trip, Dr Joshi alleged that the PM wanted to differentiate between India and Bharat.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 00:18 IST

ATTEMPTS WERE being made by some Indians to finish the identity of India but such efforts would not succeed at all, stated former Union minister for human resource development, science and technology and former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, at a function organised at Rajarshi Mandapam here on Thursday to mark the 73rd birthday of Dr Joshi.

Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement made in London during his UK trip, Dr Joshi alleged that the PM wanted to differentiate between India and Bharat. He said it was unfortunate that the British wanted to finish the Indian ideology and its identity. What was more tragic that similar efforts were being made by the Indian Government itself today by distorting the Indian history, Joshi said.

Joshi called upon the people to come forward against such forces because the real India existed in rural area. “We have to develop our rural areas to build a powerful country. We must not focus on urban area only,” he added.

The party workers offered a garland of 73 kg to Joshi on this occasion. Former UP speaker and BJP State president Keshari Nath Tripathi, Dr NK S Gaur , Rakesh Dhar Tripathi and other senior members described Dr Joshi as a visionary who brought drastic changes in all spheres.

Meanwhile, a large number of persons from different political parties, academicians and officers reached the residence of Dr Joshi to greet him on his 73rd birthday here on Thursday.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 00:18 IST