Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh emphasized the importance of “cultural security” in India during the inaugural event of the two-week-long “Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam” or “ST Sangamam” event held in Somanth in Gir Somnath district on Monday. The event aims to strengthen the cultural ties between Gujarat and Tamil Nadu and is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” vision.
Speaking at the event, Singh said that in addition to border security, India also needs to ensure “cultural security.” He stated that this confluence of Saurashtra and Tamil Nadu is not just a meeting of people from the two states, but a holy festival of India’s cultural prosperity. Singh noted that many works have been done by Prime Minister Modi in recent years to promote India’s civilization, culture, and religion, adding that the era of cultural renaissance has come to India.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also welcomed the people of Tamil Nadu at the event and urged all Indians to show brotherhood and unity to achieve the goal of making India a prosperous country as per the vision of Prime Minister Modi.
Gujarat CM called the event a cultural confluence that fulfils Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ vision.
Various events will be held under the initiative to showcase the centuries-old cultural linkages between Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam event is special in too many ways, as it marks the return of the descendants of the Saurashtra community who had to leave their homeland because of an attack by an invader. The first batch of delegates from Tamil Nadu was given a traditional warm welcome upon reaching Somnath.
The event was attended by several dignitaries, including Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, among others. Prime Minister Modi also praised the event and flagged off a special train from Madurai carrying the first batch of the Saurashtra-Tamil Sangamam on Saturday.