The Union Cabinet has approved proposal of Union Ministry of Shipping to rename of Kandla Port in Gujarat as Deendayal Port, Kandla. The port was renamed after BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay who had dedicated his entire life for public service and was epitome of simplicity, honesty and selfless service for poor and down-trodden. It was renamed as part of Upadhyay’s 101st birth anniversary celebrations.
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was born in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, on September 25, 1916 and died on 1 February 1968. He was a Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader and Indian politician. He had conceived philosophy on ‘integral humanism’, which was later adopted by Jan Sangh and BJP.
Throughout his life, he had worked tirelessly for Indianisation of democracy, honouring public opinion, selflessness and respect for law of the land. All his actions were based on principles of ‘Integral Humanism’ and also upheld values of democracy founded on tolerance, discipline, selflessness and respect for law of land.
Kandla Port is one of twelve major ports in country. It is situated on Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat. It is largest port of India in terms of volume of cargo handled (around 100 million tons freight). It was constructed in 1950s as main seaport to serve in western India, alternative to Karachi port which came under Pakistan’s control after partition. In March 2016, Kandla Port had created history by becoming first Major Port in country to cross 100 million tons freight handling capacity.