New Delhi, April 27 (H.S.). Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital in Fiji on Wednesday that Sathya Sai Baba has done a unique job of freeing spiritualism from rituals and connecting it with the welfare of the people. Describing this hospital as a symbol of mutual ties and love between the two, he said that it is another chapter in the shared journey of India and Fiji.

Prime Minister Modi was addressing the inaugural program through video message. The Prime Minister said that he was informed that Children’s Heart Hospital is the first Children’s Heart Hospital not only in Fiji but in the entire South Pacific region. For a region where heart-related diseases are a major challenge, this hospital will be a vehicle to give new life to thousands of children. He expressed satisfaction that every child here would not only be given world class treatment, but all surgeries would also be done free of cost.

The Prime Minister while paying homage to the Brahmalin Sri Sathya Sai Baba said that the seed planted by him for the service of humanity is serving people today in the form of a banyan tree. Referring to the service rendered by Baba’s followers to the victims during the Gujarat earthquake two decades ago, he said that the people of Gujarat can never forget him. The Prime Minister said that he considers himself fortunate to have been in the company of Sathya Sai Baba.

Describing charity as the power of gentlemen, the Prime Minister said that service to mankind, welfare of living beings is the only objective of our resources. It is on these objectives that the common heritage of India and Fiji has stood. Following these ideals, India has performed its duties even in difficult times like the Corona epidemic. Considering ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’, that is, considering the whole world as its family, India sent medicines to 150 countries of the world, sent essential goods, along with the concern of crores of its citizens, India also took care of other countries of the world. We have sent 100 million vaccines to about 100 countries. In this effort, Fiji was also kept in his priority.

Referring to the deep ties between the two countries, the Prime Minister said that despite the vast ocean separating the two countries, our culture has held us together and our ties are based on mutual respect and strong people-to-people ties. He acknowledged the privilege of India getting an opportunity to contribute to the socio-economic development of Fiji.

Prime Minister Modi today wished Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on his birthday and expressed hope that the ties between the two countries will continue to grow stronger under his leadership.