The PM was speaking at a function held at the Saifee Mosque in Indore in the presence of the Dawoodi Bohra’s spiritual head, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Bohra’s belong one of the sects among Shia Muslims. “We are people who consider the world to be a family – Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam. Bohra’s have been playing a critical role in showcasing to India’s core principles of shanti (peace), sadbhaav (communal harmony), satyagraha (firmly holding on to truth) and rashtrabhakti (Patriotism),” Modi said. He recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s close association with Sydena Mohammad Burhanuddin, the late spiritual head of the Bohra community.
Interspersed with anecdotes of how the Bohra’s have built on the spirit of peaceful co-existence and unity, the PM wove into the narrative various policies, schemes and issues that the BJP led NDA has taken under his leadership since 2014. He said that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was fast moving towards the goal of making India open defecation free and also spoke of the to be launched later this month Ayushman Bharat scheme that promises health protection to the poor and vulnerable. He also highlighted housing for all and the National Nutrition Mission.
The PM’s development story saw him showcasing GST and other economic reforms like the insolvency and bankruptcy code as measures to encourage honest traders and businesses. Highlighting the trading and business acumen and discipline of Bohra’s, the PM said that they were one of the biggest beneficiaries of these reforms. “In last four years the government has been successful in conveying that what ever will happen will happen within the framework of the rules,” Modi said. Referring to the ‘Make-in-India’ programme, Modi said, “the confidence of investors across the world has increased in India.” He said that in the last quarter of the current fiscal, the country has achieved the growth rate of more than eight percent.
The PM also spoke of the support the community extended to him at every step in his home state of Gujarat when he was chief minister. He highlighted the influence of the community in Gujarat where a significant part of the small close knit community is located. “I don’t think there would a village in Gujarat where there is no Bohra trading community representative,” Modi said. He highlighted how the community was contributing through their community kitchens and and other welfare activities towards a cleaner, greener and healthier environment.