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Issue no 15, 09-15 July 2022

PM Shri Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat (26th June 2022) Highlights

·         In the month of June 1975 when Emergency was imposed, all the rights were taken away from the citizens of the country. One amongst those rights was the 'Right to Life and Personal Liberty' provided to all Indians under Article 21 of the Constitution. At that time an attempt was made to crush the democracy of India. The country's courts, every constitutional institution, the press, were put under control. The condition of censorship was such that nothing could be printed without approval. But even after many attempts, thousands of arrests, and atrocities on lakhs of people, the faith of the people of India in democracy did not shake… not at all! The people of India got rid of the emergency and reestablished democracy in a democratic way. Today, when the country is celebrating 75 years of its independence, celebrating Amrit Mahotsav, we should never forget that dreadful period of emergency. The generations to come should also not forget. The Amrit Mahotsav not only encompasses the victory saga of freedom from hundreds of years of slavery, but also the journey of 75 years after independence. We move forward, learning from every important stage of history

·         In the past few years, many big feats related to the space sector have been accomplished in our country. One of these achievements of the country has been the creation of an agency named In-Space… an agency that is promoting new opportunities in the space sector for the private sector of India. This beginning has especially attracted the youth of our country. Till a few years ago, in our country, in the space sector, no one even thought about start-ups. Today their number is more than a hundred. All these start-ups are working on ideas, which were either not thought about earlier, or were considered impossible for the private sector. For example, Agnikul and Skyroot are developing launch vehicles that will take small payloads into space. Similarly, Dhruva Space is working on High Technology Solar Panels for Satellite Deployer and Satellites. Digan tara, another space start-up, is trying to map waste in space. Similarly Astrome, is making such flat antennas which will not only be small, but their cost will also be very low. Tanvi Patel, a school student of Mehsana is working on a very small satellite, which is going to be launched in space in the next few months. Like Tanvi, about seven hundred and fifty school students in the country are working on 75 such satellites in the Amrit Mahotsav, and it is also a matter of joy that, most of these students are from small towns of the country

·         Recently, our Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra is setting new records of success, one after the other. Neeraj won the silver at Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. He also broke the record of his own Javelin Throw. Neeraj once again made the country proud by winning the gold in Kuortane Games. This zest is the hallmark of today's youth.

·         From Start-Ups to the Sports World, the youth of India are making new records. In the recently held Khelo India Youth Games too, our players set many records. You would love to know that a total of 12 records have been broken in these games - not only that, 11 records have been registered in the names of female players. M. Martina Devi of Manipur has made eight records in weightlifting. Similarly, Sanjana,

·         Sonakshi and Bhavna have also made different records. With their hard work, these players have proven how much India's prestige is going to rise in international sports arena in the coming times. In the sports world, now, the dominance of Indian players is increasing; at the same time, a new image of Indian sports is also emerging. For example, in Khelo India Youth Games, besides disciplines that are in Olympics, five indigenous sports, were also included this time. These five sports are - Gatka, Thang Ta, Yogasan, Kalaripayattu and Mallakhamb.

·         There is going to be an international tournament of a game which was born centuries ago in our own country. This is the event of Chess Olympiad beginning from the 28th July. This time, more than 180 countries are participating in the Chess Olympiad.

·         Telangana's mountaineer Poorna Malavath has added another feather in her cap by completing the 7 Summit Challenge of surmounting seven most difficult and highest mountain peaks. With her indomitable spirit, Purva ascended the highest peak of North America Mount Denali and brought honour to the counry. Poorna is the same daughter of India who had accomplished the amazing feat of conquering Mount Everest at the age of just 13.

·         Mithali Raj, one of the most talented cricketers in India, announced her retirement from cricket which has emotionally moved many sports lovers Mithali has not only been an extraordinary player, but has also been an inspiration to many players. I wish Mithali all the very best for her future.

·         In 'Mann Ki Baat' we have been discussing the successful efforts related to 'waste to wealth'. One such example is that of Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram where the beautiful river 'Chitte Lui' had turned into a heap of dirt and garbage. Efforts have started in the last few years to save this river. For this, local agencies, voluntary organizations and local people, together, are also running the Save Chitte Lui action plan. This campaign of cleaning the river has also made an opportunity for wealth creation from waste. The organization working to save the river, decided to build a road using this polythene, that is, the waste that came out of the river. From that, in a village in Mizoram, the state's first plastic road was built… that is cleanliness and development as well

·         The pollution caused by plastic was also increasing on the sea coast of Puducherry, therefore, to save its sea, beaches and ecology, people there have started the 'Recycling for Life' campaign. Today, thousands of kilograms of garbage is collected and segregated every day in Karaikal, Puducherry. The organic waste from that is made into compost; the rest of the matter is separated and recycled. Such efforts are not only inspiring, but also lend momentum to India's campaign against single use plastic.

·         In Udaipur, Rajasthan, there is one Baoli (stepwell) which is hundreds of years old - 'Sultan Ki Baoli'. It was built by Rao Sultan Singh, but due to neglect, gradually this place has become deserted and has turned into a pile of garbage. Saddened by the condition of the stepwell, some youth have resolved to change the picture and destiny of Sultan Ki Baoli. They named this mission of their - 'Sultan se Sur-Tan'. In fact, with their efforts, these youths have not only rejuvenated the step well, but have also linked it to the notes and melody of the music. There is so much talk of this change, that many people from abroad have started coming to see it.

·         Our Upanishads mention about a life mantra- 'CharaivetiCharaiveti-Charaiveti'- you must have heard this mantra too. It means - keep going, keep going. This mantra is so popular in our country because it is part of our nature to keep moving, to be dynamic; to keep moving. That is why our sages and saints had entrusted us with spiritual responsibilities like pilgrimage. All of us go on varied pilgrimages like the Chardham Yatra and the Jagannath Yatra. Lord Jagannath also gives us many deep human messages through this journey. Bhagwan Jagannath is the lord of the world, but the poor and downtrodden have a special participation in his journey. God also walks along with every section and person of the society. Similarly, in all the journeys that take place in our country like the Yatra of Pandharpur in Maharashtra, the Amarnath Yatra, the Sabarimala Yatra, there is no such distinction between poor and rich, high and low. Rising above all discrimination, the journey itself is paramount. Even today, when people go on these yatras, how many opportunities are created for the poor… from religious rituals to lodging arrangements… that is, these yatras directly give us an opportunity to serve the poor and are equally beneficial to them. That is why the country, too, is now making many efforts to increase the facilities for the devotees in their spiritual journeys. If you too go on such a journey, you will also have a glance of Ek Bharat- Shreshtha Bharat along with spirituality.

·         We discussed the successes and achievements of the countrymen. In the midst of all this, we also have to take precautions against Corona. However, it is a matter of satisfaction that today the country has a comprehensive protective shield of a vaccine. We have reached close to 200 crore vaccine doses. Precaution dose is also being rapidly administered in the country. If it is time for a precaution dose after your second dose, then you must take this third dose. Make your family members, especially the elderly, take a precautionary dose. We also have to take necessary precautions like hand hygiene and masks. We also have to be alert of the diseases caused by the surrounding filth during the rainy season. All of you stay alert, stay healthy and keep moving forward with similar positive energy.

 (This is an approximate English translation of the PM's Mann Ki Baat originally delivered in EN Hindi)

Source - pmindia.gov.in