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Issue no 28, 07-13 October 2023

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


In the latest edition of monthly broadcast 'Mann Ki Baat' aired on September 24, 2023, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi shared inspiring stories and updates on various topics of national interest and importance.           

Chandrayaan-3 and G-20 Success: The Prime Minister began by discussing two significant topics that have been capturing the nation's attention. First, the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon. The PM recalled that more than 80 lakh people watched this historic event on ISRO's YouTube Live Channel, reflecting the deep attachment of Indians to space exploration. He also highlighted the 'Chandrayaan-3 Maha Quiz' competition, urging everyone to participate and test their knowledge about this remarkable achievement in space exploration.

The second topic was the successful hosting of the G-20 summit in Delhi. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi claimed that India's leadership shone as it made the African Union a full member of G-20, a move that symbolised India's commitment to inclusive global governance. Additionally, India's proposal for the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor was seen as a visionary step in shaping future world trade. The Prime Minister underlined how history will remember that this corridor was initiated on Indian soil.           

Youth Participation in G-20: The Prime Minister lauded the active participation of Indian youth during the G-20 events, with universities hosting programs related to the summit. He invited college students to join the 'G20 University Connect Programme' and engage in discussions about the future of India and its youth. This initiative aims to foster a sense of responsibility and participation among the younger generation in shaping India's global standing.        

World Tourism Day: On the subject of World Tourism Day, and the Prime Minister emphasised the importance of tourism, not only as a means of travel but as a significant source of employment in India. He noted that India's appeal as a tourist destination has been growing, thanks in part to recent events like the successful G-20 summit. The Prime Minister encouraged everyone to explore India's diverse culture and heritage, highlighting that tourism not only enriches travelers but also contributes to the livelihoods of local communities.

Heritage Sites: India's rich cultural heritage was highlighted with the recent addition of Shantiniketan and the Hoysala temples of Karnataka to UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Prime Minister congratulated all countrymen for this remarkable achievement. He also shared his personal experience of visiting Shantiniketan and its deep-rooted connection to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The recognition of the Hoysala temples is a testament to India's architectural heritage. The Prime Minister urged travelers to visit these World Heritage Sites, promoting the country's history and culture.

Global Fascination with Indian Culture and Music: The global appeal of Indian culture and music was showcased through the story of Kasmi, a 21-year-old from Germany who has a deep love for Indian music and has mastered singing in various Indian languages. Her passion for Indian music, despite being blind since birth, is inspiring. The Prime Minister commended her dedication and noted that such stories of cross-cultural appreciation strengthen India's global ties.

Empowering Through Education: The Prime Minister shared stories of individuals and communities dedicated to education. In Uttarakhand, local youth have established 'Ghoda Libraries' to provide books to children in remote areas, addressing the issue of limited access to education resources. In Hyderabad, 11-year-old Akarshana Satish's initiative of opening seven libraries for underprivileged children showcases the power of young minds and the impact of education. These stories highlight the transformative power of education and community-driven initiatives.       

Animal Welfare: The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of compassion towards animals and recognised efforts to protect and conserve various animal species in India. He shared stories of individuals and groups dedicated to rescuing snakes and caring for pigeons, emphasising the role of animals in our culture and the need to protect them.

Vocal for Local: As the festive season begins, the Prime Minister encouraged citizens to support local products and businesses. He urged everyone to buy and use Indian-made products, contributing to the welfare of artisans and promoting start-ups that promote local goods. By doing so, individuals can play a crucial role in building a self-reliant and economically vibrant India.

Reviving Rivers: The Prime Minister highlighted the success story of the rejuvenation of the Sot river in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, which showcases the power of collective action and public participation in environmental conservation. The efforts of more than 70 Gram Panchayats working together to revive this vital water source demonstrate the impact of community-driven initiatives on environmental conservation.

Crafting Sal Leaves, Empowering Community: The Prime Minister shared the remarkable story of Smt. Shakuntala Sardar, a beacon of inspiration hailing from West Bengal, whose life journey paints a vivid picture of resilience and unwavering determination. With a humble sewing machine, she embarked on a creative journey, delicately crafting intricate designs on 'Sal' leaves. The exquisite artistry she produced not only changed her own life but also breathed new hope into the lives of others engaged in collecting these leaves. Her craft gained rapid acclaim, and demand soared. Shakuntalaji's journey transcends her personal triumph. She now pays it forward by imparting her skill to numerous women, empowering them with the means to transform their lives.

Cleanliness Drive: The Prime Minister urged citizens to participate actively in cleanliness drives across the country as part of the 'Swachhta Hi Seva Abhiyaan', making it a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's commitment to cleanliness and sanitation. He invited people to engage in clean-up activities in their neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, lakes, and other public places.

In conclusion, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi wished everyone a joyous festive season, encouraging citizens to celebrate the festivals with enthusiasm and to continue sending their messages and experiences for future 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcasts. He emphasised the importance of collective action, compassion, and supporting local businesses as means to build a prosperous and harmonious India.

(Source: pmindia.gov.in)