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Nitin Jairam Gadkari is an Indian politician and businessman from Maharashtra who is the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Government of India. Gadkari earlier served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2009 to 2013.He is also known for his work as the Public Works Department Minister of the State of Maharashtra, where, under his leadership, a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state were constructed – including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed expressway. Gadkari is closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which is headquartered in his home constituency of Nagpur. He currently represents the Nagpur constituency in the Lok Sabha, and is a lawyer and industrialist by occupation.

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Orange City Literature Festival 2020 Inauguration by Hon'ble Shri. Nitin Gadkari

On 28th Nov 4.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

I congratulate the organizer for organizing such a knowledgeable event. I believe in the philosophy that Knowledge and wealth are interdependent and nothing is wasted if you used it properly.

Materialist development is ok but the importance of History, culture, and heritage is more important. Indonesia, Cambodia is still nurturing their heritage because it’s important to them. While attending the Spiritual program of Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji in Berlin I’m astonished to see several people who came there to learn about our culture and heritage and most of them were foreigners. If they are so interested then why should we lag? One of my friends Mr. Gaikwad, Chairman of BVG Group supported an Ayurvedic research center where one of my knowns was treated for cancer and her condition improved. This is the power of our Ayurvedic literature. Values-based education needs on hour. That would help us to understand our origin. It’s time we create a truly New India with our distinguished literature. When did I get to visit British Parliament one of the MP asked me questions that what is the biggest problem in India? I told them that Poverty and Illiteracy are the biggest problems in India. I asked them the counter-question what’s the biggest problem in your country i.e. in England? They told me that “Disturbance in Matrimonial Social System” as rather than getting married young people prefer “Live- in-Relationships”. I told them this is not our problem due to our culture, heritage, and literature.