I am extremely happy to be present here for this unique function “Miracle on Wheels”, which is being organized to enable the completion of construction of Pushpvihar Sree Dharmasaastha Temple established by Pushpvihar Ayyappa Sewa Samithi.
At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation for the “Miracle on wheels” performers for demonstrating that a strong will has the power to overcome all limitations.
I am told that it is a group of differently abled individuals primarily living on wheel chairs who are going to perform today. Through their performances, this wonderful and highly talented group of individuals has been showing that no limitation can prevent anybody from realizing his or her dreams if the goal is pursued with sincerity and passion.
I am glad that the board members of the Pushpvihar Ayyappa Seva Samithi are serving the society without making any distinction of race, gender, caste, religion or social status.
Community welfare is at the very heart of India’s social ethos.
“Sarve janah sukhino bhavantu” has been the underlying theme in all our thoughts and actions. Caring and sharing has been at the centre of our cultural tradition.
As you all are aware, several initiatives have been taken by the union government and various State Governments for the welfare of the differently-abled people and to enable them lead a life of dignity. Although, many civil society organizations are partnering with the government, much more needs to be done. What the differently-abled people need is empathy, encouragement, facilitation and empowerment.
Eliminating discriminatory tendencies should be the first step in empowering differently-abled people. It should be the collective responsibility of the government and the society to support Divyangjan and empower them to lead a dignified life.
As a society, we need to ensure that no stigma is attached to disability and learn to recognize the valuable human assets we have in people with special needs.
I would like to congratulate the Samithi for including a visually challenged singer, Kayamkulam Babu, the devotional singer Shri Anoop Ashokan and Ms Sitara in today’s program.
This programme really shows the will of differently abled Indians to build a strong and futuristic India where every citizen can live with dignity and lead a life of fulfilment.
I am also happy to note that the Samithi, a religious organization is also engaged in organizing social and cultural events. I am happy to note that the Samithi’s main objective is to render free service to economically weaker sections. This is in keeping with the Indian vision of service to humanity as service to divinity. It is also the vision of saints like Narsi Mehta who sang the famous song –“Vasihnava Jana To Tene Kahiye”.
India is a cultural treasure house we can all be proud of. Let us preserve this and promote the message of peace, goodness, compassion and inclusion that is at the heart of Indian religious tradition.
I do hope that religious organisation like the Pushpvihar Ayyappa Sewa Samithi will continue to improve the quality of human lives through events like this that showcase the divine spark in everyone of us.
I wish the Samithi a glorious future.