Monday, April 25, 2016

Union minister Venkaiah Naidu's tweets on Sathya Sai Aradhana function (Mahasamadhi day) 24-Apr-2016

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu (born 1 July 1949) is an Indian politician serving as the Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs in the Narendra Modi government. A prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, he has also served as its national president from 2002 to 2004. Earlier, he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Both as a student leader and political figure, Venkaiah Naidu gained prominence as a brilliant orator, who vigorously championed the cause of the farmers and the development of backward areas. His oratory skills and political activism propelled his political career and he was elected as an MLA to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly twice from Udayagiri constituency in Nellore district in 1978 and 1983. He rose to become one of the most popular leaders of the BJP in Andhra Pradesh.
Following the historic victory of the BJP in the 2014 general elections, he has [Ravi: was] sworn as the Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs on 26 May 2014.

Notwithstanding his stature and hectic schedules in national politics, Venkaiah did not cut off his roots in home town. He launched a social service organisation, Swarna Bharath Trust in Nellore serving the poor and needy. The trust runs a school for poor, orphan and special children which imparts self-employment training programmes especially for women and youth.
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Ravi: The Hon'ble union (federal) minister Venkaiah Naidu holding three different portfolios mentioned above, was the chief guest for the Aradhana function held on Mahasamadhi day, 24th April 2016, in Prasanthi Nilayam (Puttaparthi). The video of the (morning) function can be seen here:, over 3 hours. Shri Naidu's speech starts at around 1 hr, 55 mins into the video.

I tried to look up whether a transcript of Shri Naidu's speech was made available on the Press Information Bureau website of the Govt. of India,, but could not find it there. I guess no transcript was made by its staff for this speech.

However, Shri Naidu has put up some tweets related to the event. I have given all the text and some of the pics from those tweets below:

Happy to participate in Sri Satya Sai Aaradhana Mahotsavam at Sai Kulvanth Hall Puttaparthi

[Ravi: Above pic shows Shri Venkaiah Naidu offering obeisance at Mahasamadhi of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba]

[Ravi: Above pic shows Shri Venkaiah Naidu making a speech as chief guest for the Aradhana function.]


Distributing clothes and food material at Maha Narayana Seva in Puttaparthi


Sri Sathaya Sai Aradhana Sabha - 5 yrs ago on this day,  Sri Satya Sai Baba left 4 heavenly abode after delivering his message 2 d millions,

In our mother land, every time cycle had a messenger taking birth to redeem humanity & raise human consciousness to a new and higher level,

Sri Satya Sai Baba was a spiritual messenger. His mission was to promote the essential order of unity of all human beings and all religions.

Baba  said: Thr is only religion: the religion of Love, Thr is only one language: the language of the Heart, There is only one caste: (1/2),

the caste of Humanity, There is only one law: the law of Duty, There is only one God: He is Omnipresent (present everywhere) (2/2),

Hundreds of villages benefitting from the water schemes of the Sri Satya Sai Central Trust, Lakhs of children (1/3),

getting transformative education free of cost and thousands of the poor benefitting from free healthcare of a network (2/3),

of high quality hospitals being run by the Trust drive home the message of service to the needy. (3/3),

Baba may not be with us today physically. But he is always with all  of us with the sheer force of his message of love and compassion (1/2),

always echoing in our minds inspiring towards service to othrs. Trusts activities are a glowing reminders of Baba’s message to all of us 2/2,

--- end tweets of Shri Venkaiah Naidu ---

Ravi: I thank Hon'ble union minister, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, for visiting Prasanthi Nilayam as the chief guest for this Aradhana function, and thereby providing his very valuable encouragement and support to the Sathya Sai fraternity. I also thank him for his tweet statements which are very supportive and appreciative of the teachings and actions of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and the Sathya Sai trust's activities which he kindly described as a glowing reminder of Baba's message to all of us.

[I thank Wikipedia and Hon'ble union minister Shri Venkaiah Naidu have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from their websites on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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