The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on Thursday gave away the “Times Now” Amazing Indians Awards 2016. The awards were given in recognition of great achievements in the face of adversity.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said the awardees were people whose life journey had been like a diamond, that passes through great travails before being recognized and acknowledged by the world at large.
He regretted that in India, most of the narrative has been built around the lives of those in power, or the ruling class.
Those who have struggled and achieved noble objectives, or served society, despite severe obstacles and adversity, are rarely recognized and celebrated, he added.
The Prime Minister said that today in India, a teacher who might have inspired hundreds of young children to become responsible members of society, often remains unnoticed and unheard, while even a relatively junior political functionary is feted.
Modi said that the world over, most of the great achievers have been those, who overcame personal hardships, or difficult circumstances, and yet contributed to society.
Reflecting on Indian history and mythology, the Prime Minister gave several illustrations from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and recalled the Panj Pyaaras, and the brave Maratha warriors who were part of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s army.
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