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Issue no 14, 01-07 July 2023

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat


EN Team

In the June 18, 2023 episode of 'Mann Ki Baat', Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed his vision on several important topics. The Prime Minister commended the resilience and unity shown by the people of Kutch in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone Biparjoy, highlighted the significance of water conservation, shared inspiring stories of children's contributions to the TB Mukt Bharat campaign. He talked about the Miyawaki technique for greening infertile areas, along with the achievements of dairy farming in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. The Prime Minister encouraged the incorporation of yoga by people in their daily routines for a healthier lifestyle and asked to celebrate the cultural unity fostered by the Rath Yatra festival. The role of Raj Bhavans in promoting good governance was acknowledged, and the significance of commemorating the 1975 Emergency was emphasised. He also commended the recent success of Indian sports teams.

Resilience and Unity in the Face of Natural Calamities: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi commended the people of Kutch for their remarkable resilience and unity in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone. He acknowledged their courage in overcoming the challenges and highlighted the tremendous progress the district has made since the destructive earthquake that struck twenty years ago. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of disaster management and the need to conserve nature as effective measures to combat natural calamities. He praised the spirit of the people and urged the nation to draw inspiration from their indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.

Collective Efforts in Water Conservation: The Prime Minister discussed the "Catch the Rain" campaign and underscored the significance of water conservation, particularly during the monsoon season. He shared the inspiring story of Tulsiram Yadav from Banda district in Uttar Pradesh, who took it upon himself to build ponds to conserve water. Additionally, he highlighted the successful revival of the Neem river in Hapur district, made possible through collective efforts. The Prime Minister stressed the importance of community participation and urged everyone to actively contribute to water conservation initiatives for a sustainable future.

Learning from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi paid tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, recognising his exceptional governance and management skills. He specifically highlighted Shivaji Maharaj's remarkable achievements in water management and the development of a strong navy. As the nation celebrated 350 years since his coronation, the Prime Minister urged citizens to learn from Shivaji Maharaj's principles and values. He emphasised the importance of understanding and taking pride in India's rich heritage and drawing inspiration from the visionary leadership of historical figures like Shivaji Maharaj.

Combating Tuberculosis (TB) : Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed the goal of achieving a T.B.-free India by 2025. He lauded the efforts of Nikshay Mitras and the active participation of the public in adopting TB patients. The Prime Minister shared heartwarming stories of children who contributed to the campaign by offering financial support and assistance to TB patients. He emphasised the significance of collective action and urged citizens to join the fight against TB, reinforcing the message that each individual's efforts can make a significant difference in eradicating this disease from the country.

Miyawaki Technique for Greening the Environment:  The Prime Minister spoke about the Miyawaki technique, a Japanese method known for rapidly growing forests in infertile areas. He highlighted successful implementation examples in India, such as Raafi Ramnath's Vidyavanam and Smriti-Van in Kutch. The Prime Minister encouraged people, particularly those living in urban areas, to learn about and adopt the Miyawaki method for environmental conservation. By sharing these success stories, he aimed to inspire citizens to actively contribute to greening initiatives and take steps towards building a more sustainable and ecofriendly future.

Dairy Farming in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir: The Prime Minister praised the collective efforts of the people of Baramulla in addressing the milk shortage through dairy farming. He highlighted the achievements of individuals like Ishrat Nabi, Wasim Anayat, and Abid Hussain, who played a significant role in transforming the dairy industry in the region. The Prime Minister emphasised that every part of India holds immense potential and possibilities, as exemplified by the White Revolution that has taken place in Baramulla. He encouraged citizens to explore similar avenues in their respective regions and contribute to the nation's progress through such initiatives.

Yoga for a Healthy Lifestyle:  The Prime Minister highlighted the positive impact of yoga on physical and mental well-being and urged citizens to incorporate yoga into their daily routines. He shared examples of individuals who have embraced yoga and experienced transformative changes in their lives. He noted that yoga is not just a form of exercise but a holistic practice that promotes inner peace and harmony while encouraging everyone to participate in International Yoga Day and reiterated the government's commitment to promoting yoga as a means to achieve a healthier and happier society.

Rath Yatra and Cultural Unity: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi spoke about how the traditional Rath Yatra, which holds immense cultural and religious significance for millions of people in India, unites people from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and regions, fostering a sense of harmony and brotherhood. He emphasised the need to preserve and celebrate such cultural festivals that showcase India's rich heritage. The Prime Minister urged citizens to actively participate in these events, appreciating the values of inclusivity and unity that they represent.

Role of Raj Bhavans in Promoting Good Governance: Acknowledging the important role played by Raj Bhavans (Governor's Houses) in upholding good governance and ensuring efficient administration in the states, the Prime Minister emphasised the need for coordination and cooperation between the Central Government and Raj Bhavans to effectively address the challenges faced by the nation. He expressed his gratitude to the Governors for their dedication and commitment to public service. He called for continued efforts in realising the vision of a prosperous and progressive India through the collective endeavours of the central government, state governments, and Raj Bhavans.

Commemorating the 1975 Emergency: Speaking about the significance of commemorating the 1975 Emergency, the Prime Minister stressed the need to learn from history and safeguard democratic values, asserting that democracy and individual freedoms are the pillars of a vibrant and inclusive society. He called upon the citizens to remain vigilant and actively participate in democratic processes, ensuring that dark chapters in India's history are not repeated.

Success in Sports and Athletics: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi celebrated the recent accomplishments of Indian sports teams in international competitions. The Women's Junior Asia Cup saw the Indian team emerging triumphant for the first time, while Men's Hockey Team secured victory in the Junior Asia Cup, establishing themselves as the most successful team in the tournament's history. The Junior Shooting World Cup showcased the prowess of our junior team as they claimed the top spot, with India accounting for an impressive 20% of the gold medals. Adding to the nation's achievements, India ranked among the top three countries in the medal tally at the Asian under Twenty Athletics Championship among 45 nations. Notably, Shrishankar Murali won India's first medal in the prestigious Paris Diamond League in the long jump, while the Under Seventeen Women's Wrestling Team secured a significant victory in Kyrgyzstan. The Prime Minister opined that behind these international triumphs lies the unwavering determination and hard work of our sportspersons at the national level. Sports events across different states of the country are now organised with renewed enthusiasm, providing players with opportunities to excel, learn from defeats, and bloom. The recent Khelo India University Games in Uttar Pradesh witnessed remarkable enthusiasm among the youth, resulting in the breaking of 11 records. These tournaments also bring forth inspiring stories of young players, such as Anyatam Rajkumar, the first Divyang athlete from Assam's Cotton University to participate in the rowing event, and Nidhi Pawaiya from Barkatullah University, who won a gold medal in shot put despite a serious knee injury. Shubham Bhandare from Savitribai Phule Pune University overcame disappointment from an ankle injury last year to become a gold medalist in steeplechase. Similarly, Saraswati Kundu from Burdwan University captains her Kabaddi team, overcoming numerous challenges. The PM noted the TOPS Scheme has also provided significant support to our bestperforming athletes

Ripple Effect of Mann ki Baat Noting instances where countrymen have found renewed inspiration after a particular topic was discussed on "Mann Ki Baat," the Prime Minister shared that he recently received a letter from the renowned Indian classical dancer, Smt Ananda Shankar Jayant. In her heartfelt letter, she expressed her gratitude for an episode of "Mann Ki Baat" that focused on the art of storytelling. Inspired by the topic, Ananda Shankar Jayant curated "Kutti Kahani" - a magnificent collection of stories from various languages crafted specifically for children. Smt Ananda Shankar Jayant took a step further by sharing captivating videos of these stories on her YouTube channel, enabling children from all corners of the country to engage with these enchanting tales. As we witness the positive ripple effects of these initiatives, it becomes evident that our collective efforts can shape a brighter future for India, where creativity, culture, and progress intertwine harmoniously.

(Source: pmindia.gov.in)