Puducherry: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the golden jubilee celebrations of Auroville International township in Vanur taluk of Villupuram district in the neighbouring Tamil Nadu on 24 February, a BJP leader here said today.
The president of the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party, V Swaminathan, told reporters that Modi would address a party-sponsored rally at the helipad in Lawspet near here in the afternoon on his return from Auroville township.
Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had recently said the territorial government had written a letter to Modi requesting him to inaugurate the container cargo operations at the seaport here during his visit to the Union territory to take part in the Auroville golden jubilee celebrations.
“We are expecting a reply from the prime minister to our request,” he had said.
The concept of Auroville – an ideal township devoted to an experiment in human unity – came to the mother as early as the 1930s. In the mid-1960s, the concept was developed and put before the Govt of India, who gave their backing and took it to the General Assembly of UNESCO. In 1966 UNESCO passed a unanimous resolution commending it as a project of importance to the future of humanity, thereby giving their full encouragement.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with – and practically researching into – sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
On 28 February 1968, some 5,000 people assembled near the banyan tree at the centre of the future township for an inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of 124 nations, including all the States of India. The representatives brought with them some soil from their homeland, to be mixed in a white marble-clad, lotus-shaped urn, now sited at the focal point of the Amphitheatre. At the same time, the Mother gave Auroville its 4-point charter.
Auroville is located in south India, mostly in the State of Tamil Nadu (some parts are in the State of Puducherry), a few kilometres inland from the Coromandel Coast, approx 150 km south of Chennai (previously Madras) and 10 km north of the town of Puducherry.
They come from some 49 nations, from all age groups (from infancy to over eighty, averaging around 30), from all social classes, backgrounds, and cultures, representing humanity as a whole. The population of the township is constantly growing but currently stands at around 2,500 people, of whom approx one-third are Indian.