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On a day that will remain etched in history, the inauguration of India’s new Parliament building under the auspices of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took place amid tremendous fanfare. This new seat of Indian democracy is not merely an architectural marvel; it stands as a symbol of the country’s aspirations, resolve, and unwavering dedication towards its development and progress.

Prime Minister Modi, delivering his maiden address within the new Parliament building, affirmed that this edifice symbolises not only the development of India but also signals the progress of the world. “The world looks towards India with respect and hope, and with the realisation of our citizens’ energy and the life of human power here,” said the Prime Minister. Echoing the sentiment of a billion-plus Indians, Prime Minister Modi remarked that the new Parliament building manifests the relentless pursuit of a ‘New India’. A country that is striding confidently into the future, creating new paradigms while honouring its rich heritage. With an enthusiastic zeal that is emblematic of the vigour of its citizenry, the country is establishing new milestones and laying down paths never trodden before.
The Prime Minister reverently spoke about the ‘Amrit Kaal’ – an era symbolising India’s indomitable spirit to forge ahead, preserving its heritage while charting new dimensions of development. This period, according to him, is dedicated to steering the nation towards new horizons and fulfilling countless aspirations.

He spoke eloquently about India’s diversified unity, its huge population, and its unique challenges, arguing that these very attributes inspire many countries worldwide. “Every achievement of India is poised to become an achievement for various countries across the globe,” he said, emphasising India’s amplified responsibility as its development prowess and determination become a beacon of hope and strength for numerous other nations.
The Prime Minister’s words painted a vivid picture of an India that has reclaimed its past glory, laying aside the shackles of its colonial past. He described the new Parliament Building as a living testament to this effort, embodying India’s illustrious heritage, architectural finesse, artistic brilliance, and cultural richness, all meticulously etched within its every nook and corner.

The building’s interior thematically embodies India’s national emblems, with the Lok Sabha chamber reflecting the majestic peacock, and the Rajya Sabha chamber epitomising the serene lotus. The vast premises of the Parliament also accommodate the national tree, the Banyan. A walk through the building is akin to a pan-Indian journey, with specialities from different parts reflecting in its design. This unity in diversity is further highlighted by the use of materials from across the country, including granite from Rajasthan, timber from Maharashtra, and carpets crafted by artisans from Bhadhoi.

In a significant ceremony, Prime Minister Modi installed the sacred ‘Sengol’ next to the Speaker’s chair in the new Lok Sabha chamber. This historic symbol, marking the transfer of power from the British to Indians in 1947, was handed over to the Prime Minister by Adheenams. The act of ‘sashtang pranam’ before the ‘Sengol’ by the Prime Minister served as a reminder of the solemn reverence accorded to it. “The ‘Sengol’ will serve as a constant source of inspiration during House proceedings,” remarked PM Modi.

The inauguration of the Parliament building, which took place amidst an atmosphere of jubilation with chants of “Modi, Modi” reverberating through the air, was more than just a ceremony. It represented the dreams and aspirations of 1.4 billion Indians, their firm commitment to the world about their unfaltering determination towards progress. “May 28th is such an immortal moment in the developmental journey of our nation,” said Prime Minister Modi.

The Prime Minister ended his speech by reiterating his commitment to serving the nation and working towards the welfare of every Indian citizen. He said, “This is not just a building; it is a testament to our unwavering resolve to build a New India that is prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable. We must remember that the strength of our democracy is not just in our Constitution, but also in our commitment to the values enshrined in it. We must always put the nation’s interest above everything else.”
The event was marked by the presence of numerous dignitaries including former Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers of various states, ambassadors, and senior officials. A special cultural program showcasing the vibrant diversity of Indian culture and tradition was also organised as part of the inauguration ceremony. The new Parliament building, which covers 64,500 square metres, is constructed next to the old Parliament House. The new building is designed to seat a larger number of MPs, accommodating 888 Members in the Lok Sabha and 384 Members in the Rajya Sabha, with modern technological upgrades to facilitate smoother proceedings. The new building is built with sustainability and inclusiveness in mind. The architecture ensures maximum use of natural light, an inclusive design for the differently-abled, and sustainability features like rainwater harvesting and efficient energy usage. The inauguration of the new Parliament building marks a significant moment in India’s journey as a democratic nation. It underscores India’s resolve to reinvent itself, reflecting its rich past and dynamic present while shaping a future that is replete with opportunities for all.

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