Addressing a conference of Agriculture Ministers of states in Gangtok (Sikkim), Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Don’t let me become delicate like a flower. I have lived among the thorns, I will continue to live among the thorns.” He also said that he cannot get any bigger privileges in his life than wiping the tears of a sad person with the delicacy of a flower whenever necessary.
PM Modi’s remarks come after an orchid species developed in Sikkim was named after him.
In addition, there were two other species named as ‘Cymbidium Sardar’ (after Sardar Patel), and ‘Cymbidium Deen Dayal (after Deen Dayal Upadhyay). PM Modi said that it was Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling who had requested him to name the two orchid species while he will name the third one.
He also declared Sikkim as the first organic state in the country, saying it will soon become the harbinger of organic farming not only in India but around the world.
The prime minister also handed over the Organic Certificate to Chamling in Gangtok. He also appreciated the quality of flowers of the state, and said, “Sikkim grows some flowers with long shelf life. There are different fragrances. There is big global market for fragrance. They want organic raw material. If the flowers have to be transported, there is need for infrastructure. So, an airport needs to be built in Sikkim.” Criticizing the previous government on the occasion, he said that in the 20th
century, one Prime Minister had spent a night here in Gangtok, and in the 21th century, he has come to stay here for a night.
The prime minister in a series of tweets thanked the Sikkim government for the hospitality for all the ministers and officials throughout the India.
He reiterated his government’s commitment for all round development of Northeastern states, and fullfill their aspirations.