Message of Hon’ble Prime Minister during his stay at DLW, Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced the second day of his visit to his Lok Sabha Constituency, Varanasi, with an event at Assi Ghat to clean the Ganga. The Prime Minister took Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan to the banks of Ganga while nominating several personalities from Uttar Pradesh to take up the Clean India campaign further along. The day also saw the Prime Minister penning down some thoughts in the form of handwritten notes as he prepared to leave Varanasi for Delhi on his childhood days and his relationship with the Railways.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, had stayed at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) guest house, during his two-day visit to Varanasi.

Writing in the visitors’ book as he concluded his visit, he remarked that the stay in DLW brought back memories of his childhood, when he had been closely associated with trains and railway stations. The Prime Minister described his memories of passengers and railway carriages, and how this was such an emotional experience for him.

The Prime Minister thanked the hard-working (karmyogi) people at DLW and said he would now keep visiting. Looking to the future, the Prime Minister also wrote that these memories of his childhood would lead to a renewed resolve and rekindle new possibilities.

May Mother Ganga’s love and blessings keep our country, and our thoughts, clean, the Prime Minister wrote.

Following is a Hindi transcript of the Prime Minister’s handwritten notes in the visitor’s log book:

“बचपन से ही मेरा नाता रेल्वे से रहा,
रेल्वे स्टेशन से रहा,
रेल के डिब्बे से रहा।

कल से मैं यहीं
DLW के परिसर में ठहरा हूँ।
चारों तरफ रेल्वे के माहौल ने मुझे मेरे बचपन से जोड़ दिया।

शायद पहली बार
पूरा समय बचपन,
वो रेल्वे डिब्बे, वो यात्री, सबकुछ
मेरी आँखों के सामने ज़िंदा हो गया।
वे यादें बहुत ही भावुक थी।

यहां सबका अपनापन बहुत भाया।
सभी कर्मयोगी भाइयों को धन्यवाद।

अब तो मुझे बार बार यहां आना होगा।
फिर बचपन की स्मृतियों के साथ
नए संकल्प, संभावनाएं बनेंगी।

माँ गंगा का प्यार और आशीर्वाद
हमारे देश को निर्मल बनाये,
हमारी सोच को निर्मल बनाये
यही प्रार्थना।”

(नरेन्द्र मोदी)