Speaking extempore at a book release function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday evening, Modi lauded the attempts of President Pranab Mukherjee and his team in restoring the old heritage and historical facts about the palace.
“We are not that history-conscious society and always believe in hearsay. The country which forgets its history also loses its ability to create history,” Modi said.
Referring to the museum in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister said India very often is not a history-conscious society and this museum was “an effort to preserve a part of our unique heritage”.
He referred to the President as the guiding force who gave the right advice to him like a head of the family. “Like head of the family, he has been guiding me, who is new in the family,” Modi said.
Earlier he released two books — “Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan” written by Thomas Mathew, Additional Secretary to the President, and “Indradhanush”, a compendium of music, dance and cinematic events organized at Rashtrapati Bhavan since August 2012.
Complimenting the authors, he said their efforts were not mere compilations but creations borne out of their personal experiences.
Expressing happiness over Mukherjee’s interest in history, the Prime Minister said the country had got new direction and inspiration from the guidance under his Presidency.
Dwelling on the importance of history in society, the Prime Minister said “only those can create history who know it, understand it and try to live it.”
Referring to the book – “The Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhawan” the Prime Minister spoke of the important place birds have enjoyed in India’s history, culture and mythology. Illustrating this with several examples, he said the Garuda Purana spoke of human values that could be gained by taking inspiration from birds. “The (epic figure) Jataayu in the Ramayana inspires us to fight against terrorism,” he said. In the epic Ramayana, Jataayu was the king of vultures who fought Ravana when he was abducting Sita. He said birds give inspiration to live in harmony with the nature.