is spending money only for repairing and lighting roads of Prabhas, and for providing
medical aid and water for the pilgrims. These expenses are borne by all governments within
whose territory a large concourse gathers. This has been done even in the case of Congress
gatherings, and certainly when huge Melas gather at Hardwar, Prayag, Rameshwar, Nasik and
"As you will see, the Government of India
not only took the initial decision to reconstruct the temple, but formulated and set going
the scheme, and created the agency for its further implementation. This will clearly
indicate to you the extent of the Government of India's association with the scheme.
"You pointedly referred to me in the Cabinet as
connected with Somanatha. I am glad you did so; for I do not want to keep back any part of
my views or activities, particularly from you who have placed such abundant confidence in
me all these months. I have helped in building up several institutions, for instance, the
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Public Schoo at Andheri, the Chembur Home fo Destitute
Children and the Institute of Agriculture at Anand.
If similarly, I am now helping to build up Somanatha as a
centre of religion and culture, a University and a farm, it is only as a humble task to
which I have been called.