Modi plays sadhu charmer with Ramdev

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Vikas Pathak [email protected]­dus­tan­

HARD­WAR: Buoyed by a saf­fron wave of Hindu re­li­gious lead­ers en­dors­ing him as PM can­di­date, Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Fri­day de­fended his record on ri­ots in his state. He also em­pha­sised that In­dian tra­di­tion talked about the wel­fare of all and not just Hin­dus.

Modi ad­dressed a large gath­er­ing at Baba Ramdev’s Patan­jali Yo­gapeeth here to un­veil the yoga guru’s new gu­rukul, Acharyaku­lam, which will seek to syn­the­sise Vedic and mod­ern knowl­edge.

“Af­ter the Gu­jarat ri­ots of 2002, I had only one mantra: Ab­hayam (no fear). There used to be re­cur­rent ri­ots in Gu­jarat. For 12 years now, there hasn’t been a sin­gle one,” Modi said. “This is be­cause of our tra­di­tional val­ues and cul­ture, which teach us ‘sarve bha­vantu sukhi­nah’ (hap­pi­ness for all), and not just the hap­pi­ness and wel­fare of Hin­dus. Our cul­ture is un­par­al­leled in the world.” >> CON­TIN­UED ON P11

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