NEW DELHI, Nov 24 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday underlined the importance of rivers and said ancestors tried to inculcate a positive mindset towards rivers in the society. They constantly strove to conflate (combine two or more sets of information, idea etc., into one) the river with the cultural stream, the stream of tradition.
Referring to a comment on the MyGov portal by Ramesh Sharma from Nagaon in Assam, Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat programme that a festival is being celebrated on Brahmaputra River. It�s called Brahmaputra Pushkar. This festival was held between November 4-6 and people had come from all corners of the country to take part in this Brahmaputra Pushkar.
�Weren�t you also surprised to hear this? See, that�s the thing, this is such an important festival, and our forefathers have fashioned it in a way that once you hear the full details, you will be even more surprised. But unfortunately, the extent to which this should have been publicised, the extent to which this information should have been disseminated to every corner of the country, it wasn�t done. And it is also true, that this event in a way signifies the concept of one country-one message. And that we are all one. It fills us with that feeling, it energises us,� he said.
�First of all let me thank Ramesh for having shared his thoughts with the entire country through the Mann Ki Baat forum. You have also agonised about the fact that such an important event is not adequately publicised, not discussed as much as it should be. I can empathise with you,� said the Prime Minister.
�Not many people in the country know about this. Well, if someone would have given it the moniker �International River Festival�, or used some other highfalutin lingo to reference it, well then, it might have resulted in some sort of discussion around this topic in the country�, he remarked.