In reference to then US president Donald Trump's allegation of India'a lesser commitment towards saving environment, then Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi told:

"I have in simple way stated the dream of 'new India'. I quoted from 5000-year-old Vedas to say humans have a right to milk the nature but have no right to exploit it." he told the gathering in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. [source]

Which verses was he referring to?

Note: In my observation, Shri Modi is a learned PM and he usually knows what is he speaking. The verses similar to above can be found in Bhagavad Gita. So it should be find-able in Veda-s too. See an interpretation of BG 3.11-3.13 in this post: What are the Yagnas Sri Krishna was referring to in Srimad Bhagavad Gita?. It suggests to consider the elements of nature as Deva-s which reward us with various nourishments and in turn we should pray them by nurturing/preserving them.

  • We should start a thread "Which quotes are wrongly attributed to Vedas" :P People generally say it is in the Vedas, add Vedic before everything. "Everything is in the Vedas" is a popular line and sometimes used as a joke too. He is a politician after all. A learned one in this subject doesn't say 500 year old. – Sarvabhouma Jul 27 '18 at 4:49
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    @Sarvabhouma, yes Vedas are eternal. May be he meant the 'version' of Vedas which is known for at least last 5000 years. I have added the similar verse from Gita in the question. So possibly it should be found somewhere in Vedas too. BTW, "Everything is in the Mahabharata" is more popular; not sure about Vedas. – iammilind Jul 27 '18 at 4:57
  • I'm not saying about "what is there in MB is present in the world, what is not there in MB is not found in the world". It is a general saying when quotes "In the Vedas, it is said" or "According to Vedas" I'm saying about Vedas only. People (you can find here also) add Vedic before questions and look for Vedas even when the answer is not really Veda. Everything is found in the Vedas is also a popular quote but you might not be aware of it. Let's see what quote is it if it is really there.It could be there in Upanishads or Brahmanas too and not exactly in samhita. – Sarvabhouma Jul 27 '18 at 5:13
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    This research article may be useful. – Paṇḍyā Jul 27 '18 at 6:30

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