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Issue no 20, 12-18 August 2023

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's ‘Mann Ki Baat’

HIGHLIGHTS - 103rd Episode (July 30 2023)


·        In the 103rd episode of the radio program 'Mann Ki Baat,' Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed deep concern over the hardships caused by natural calamities like heavy rains and flooding in several areas, particularly mentioning River Yamuna. He acknowledged the relentless efforts of the local people, NDRF jawans, and the local administration in combating these challenges.

·        The PM emphasised the significance of the monsoon season for 'tree plantation' and 'water conservation.' He proudly spoke about the remarkable success of the 'Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav,' mentioning the construction of over 60 thousand Amrit Sarovars, and the ongoing work to build 50 thousand more. He lauded the tribal brothers and sisters of Pakaria village, Madhya Pradesh, who, with the help of the administration, converted around a hundred wells into water recharge systems to improve the groundwater level in their area. In another inspiring example, he mentioned Uttar Pradesh, where a record-breaking 30 crore trees were planted in a single day.

·        Highlighting the cultural and spiritual significance of the ongoing holy month of 'Saawan,' the PM spoke about the devotion of the devotees undertaking the Kanwar Yatra to worship Lord Shiva and the increasing number of tourists visiting pilgrimage sites like Banaras, Ayodhya, Mathura, and Ujjain. He specifically mentioned meeting two American friends from California who were inspired by Swami Vivekananda's Amarnath Yatra experiences and undertook the journey themselves. He also shared the story of Charlotte Chopin, a French Yoga practitioner and teacher over 100 years old, who credits her health and longevity to Yoga.

·        Addressing the need to preserve India's heritage, PM Modi appreciated the efforts of 18 painters from across the country who were creating attractive picture story books based on the Puranas in Ujjain. He also recalled the work of artist Prabhat Singh Modbhai Barhat from Rajkot, whose painting depicted a significant incident in Chhatrapati Veer Shivaji Maharaj's life, emphasising the importance of preserving and passing down traditions to the next generation.

·        Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi urged everyone to embrace and protect nature and biodiversity through small efforts. He shared the inspiring story of Suresh Raghavan ji from Vadavalli, Tamil Nadu, who uses his passion for painting to document and preserve information about endangered flora and fauna, setting an example of serving nature through art.

·        PM Modi also spoke about the recent return of over a hundred rare and ancient artifacts from the US to India. These artifacts, ranging from 2500 to 250 years old, belong to different regions and are made of materials like terracotta, stone, metal, and wood. He expressed gratitude to the American government for their return and highlighted the significance of preserving and promoting India's rich cultural heritage.

·        The Prime Minister shared heart-warming letters from mothers and sisters in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand, expressing how their erstwhile cultural heritage, 'Bhojpatra,' is now becoming a means of livelihood. He praised their efforts and the state government's campaign to preserve the rare species of Bhojpatra, emphasising how these endeavors are contributing to economic progress while preserving tradition and culture.

·        PM Modi highlighted the positive impact of the changes made in the Haj Policy, which now allows more than four thousand Muslim women to perform Haj without a male companion or mehram. He thanked the Government of Saudi Arabia for appointing women coordinators to assist these women on their Haj journey.

·        Speaking about 'Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan' launched on August 15, 2020, PM Modi appreciated all those contributing to the de-addiction cause, highlighting that drug addiction not only affects families but society as a whole. In this context, the PM lauded the innovative efforts like musical nights, bike rallies, and sports groups in Jammu and Kashmir, Chandigarh, and Punjab engaging the youth to spread the message of drug-free living. The Prime Minister shared an inspiring journey from Madhya Pradesh - the story of 'Mini Brazil' in Bicharpur village, Shahdol. Despite its reputation for illicit liquor and drug addiction, the village has transformed into a stronghold of rising football stars, earning it the name 'Mini Brazil.'

·        Speaking about the ongoing celebrations of 'Amrit Mahotsav', PM Modi said that the programme 'Writers' Meet' for Divyang  writers stood out as it witnessed the participation of a significant number of individuals. He observed that the 'National Sanskrit Conference' held in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and the campaign 'Qile aur Kahaniyan,' focusing on stories related to forts, were highly appreciated by the public. On the same note, he announced the upcoming 'Meri Mati Mera Desh' campaign to honor the martyred bravehearts of the country, with special inscriptions and Amrit Kalash Yatra carrying soil and saplings from every corner of the nation to create the 'Amrit Vatika' near the National War Memorial. He called on every citizen to participate and take an oath to fulfill the 'five resolves' for the next 25 years of Amritkal.

·        As the speech concluded, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi urged every citizen to remember those who laid down their lives for the country while celebrating Independence Day on 15th of August. 

(Original source: pmindia.gov.in)