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Modi speaks out against those killing people in the name of cow worship

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Ahmedabad, June 29, 2017

Modi condemns killings in name of 'gau raksha'
Making a strong statement on cow vigilantism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that killing people in the name of cow worship (gau bhakti) was not acceptable and that nobody had the right to take the law into his or her own hands.
"This is not something that Mahatma Gandhi would approve of," he said while speaking at the centenary year celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram here.
“We are a land of non-violence. We are the land of Mahatma Gandhi. No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Yes. It should be done," he said.
"As a society, there is no place for violence; no person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands," he added. 
The Prime Minister urged people to work together and create the India of Mahatma Gandhi's dreams, which the country's freedom fighters would be proud of. 
He said Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts have the power to mitigate the challenges the world is facing today.
Mr. Modi said that it was essential, as a society, to stay connected to the nation's history. Recalling the contributions of Shrimad Rajchandraji on his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Modi called for further academic research on his life and thoughts. 
Speaking about cleanliness, he said it must become a habit. He said this would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019. 
He urged people from all over the world to visit the Sabarmati Ashram. 
Later, Mr. Modi addressed a Samajik Adhikarita Shivir in Rajkot, and distributed aids and assistive devices to divyang beneficiaries. 
He asserted that the Union Government is fully dedicated to the poor of the nation. He urged the start-up sector to look at ways through which innovation and technology can transform lives of physically handicapped people.
He reiterated that by 2022, when the country marked 75 years of freedom, no Indian should be homeless; and the home must have proper facilities too. 
Mr. Modi also inaugurated the filling of Aji Dam near Rajkot under Sauni Yojana. 
Addressing a public meeting on the occasion, he said that Gujarat has come a long way from the days of the past, when it faced tremendous water shortage. 
He said that the last two decades have seen several positive changes in Gujarat's development journey. The more people have access to water, the more doors of progress will open, the Prime Minister said, adding that the Government's priority is to give water as early as possible. He said that it is also a responsibility to be careful and conserve as much water as possible. 
He called for embracing the latest technology in the sphere of water conservation. 
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