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volume-36 , 07-13 December 2019

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


Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat aired on 24 November 2019, spoke about a number of issues ranging from the importance of National Cadet Corps to the Supreme Court judgement on the Ayodhya issue. Interacting with callers, the Prime Minister urged the citizens to visit the North East. He also appealed to the school boards and management to ensure that Fit India Week is celebrated in all schools. He saluted the spirit of the Armed Forces urging citizens to actively participate in the Armed Forces Flag Day. Answering a query on whether he had the ambition of becoming a politician, the Prime Ministerrecalled his childhood and said that he never thought of becoming one, but since he has already shouldered responsibilities of a politician, he now aspires to serve the nation to the best of his abilities. Below are the excerpts of the entire Mann Ki Baat episode.

  • Every year, the fourth Sunday of the month of November is celebrated as NCC Day. NCC means, cultivating the qualities of leadership, patriotism, selfless service discipline & hard work as an integral part of one's character; the thrilling journey of imbibing them into one's habits.
  • I have always had a certain fondness for the Himalayas. But even then I will urge the people of India that if you love nature, dense forests, waterfalls, If you want to see a unique type of environment, then I tell everyone to go to the North East. I always tell this fact and because of this I hope tourism will also increase a lot in the North East; the economy will also benefit a lot and the dream of 'Ek Bharat! Shrestha Bharat!' will also get strengthened there.
  • Every child goes through multiple phases in life. Sometimes one wants to become this, sometimes one wants to become that, but it is true that I never had the desire to go into politics, nor ever thought about it, but now that I have reached here,I keep thinking how can work for the welfare of the country with all my heart, and the mere thought that 'Where would I have been if I hadn't been here?' should never enter my thought. Now, wherever I am, I should live life to the fullest and I should wholeheartedly work ceaselessly for my country, not worrying whether it is day, or night. I have now dedicated myself for this purpose only.
  • Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated on the 7th of December. This is the day when we pay homage to our brave soldiers, for their valour, their sacrifices; we also contribute. Only a sense of respect does not suffice. Participation is also necessary and every citizen should come forward on the 7th of December and everyone should possess the flag of the Armed Forces on that day; everyone should also contribute. Come. On this occasion, let us express our gratitude for the indomitable courage, valour and spirit of dedication of our Armed Forces and remember the brave soldiers.
  • I appeal to the school boards and management of all the states of the country that Fit India Week should be celebrated in every school, in the month of December. This will inculcate the habit of fitness in our daily routine. In the Fit India Movement, schedules have been drawn for ranking schools in accordance with fitness. The schools that achieve this ranking will also be able to use the 'Fit India' logo and flag. The Schools can declare themselves as Fit by visiting the Fit India portal. Fit India three star and Fit India five star ratings will also be given. I appeal that all schools should enroll in the Fit India ranking system and Fit India should become innate to our temperament. That it become a mass movement and bring awareness is what we must strive for!
  • I happened to glance at a comment on the MyGov portal a few days ago. Mr Ramesh Sharma from Nagaon in Assam writes, that a festival is being celebrated on Brahmaputra river. It's called Brahmaputra Pushkar. This festival was held between 4th and 16th November, and people had come from all corners of the country to take part in this Brahmaputra Pushkar. My dear countrymen, Pushkaram, Pushkaraalu, Pushkaraha. - have you ever heard these terms? Do you know what these are? Let me tell you. These are the different names by which festivals organized on 12 different rivers across the country are called. One river every year…that means it would recur on that particular river after 12 years…and this festival is held sequentially every year in 12 different rivers spread across the country …and it lasts for 12 long days. Just like the Kumbh festival, this too, encourages the concept of national unity. And echoes the philosophy of "Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat" (One India Best India)…Pushkaram is a festival in which the greatness of the river, the glory of the river, the importance of the river in our lives…all these are brought forth naturally.
  • Our forefathers put a lot of emphasis on nature, on environment, on water, on land, on forests. They understood the importance of rivers, and tried to inculcate a positive mindset towards rivers in the society. They constantly strove to conflate the river with the cultural stream, the stream of tradition, and with the society. And the interesting thing is that, not only did it bring the society closer to the rivers, it also brought people closer to each other. In a way, you can travel to all these 12 places, as part of a tourist circuit as well. Here I would like to appreciate the warmth and hospitality of the people of Assam, who acted as wonderful hosts for pilgrims from all over the country.
  • The love and sense of entitlement with which my young friends complain to me, instruct me or give suggestions to me - I really am gladdened by them. After the last exam interaction, many people have written in with suggestions to make it more effective. It will be my endeavour to hold this discussion on exams in the beginning or middle of January. Student friends across the country have two opportunities. One, they can become part of this through their respective schools. Alternatively, they can be part of the program being conducted here in Delhi. Students participating in the Delhi event will be selected through the MyGov portal.
  • In the last edition of Man Ki Baat, we had discussed the 2010 Allahabad High Court Judgment on the Ayodhya issue. And I have referred to how we had maintained peace and harmony back then. Whether it was before the verdict, or after the verdict. This time too, when the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on 9th November, 130 crore Indians once again proved, that for them, national interest is supreme. The values of peace, unity and goodwill are paramount in our country.
  • Hundreds of languages have blossomed and flourished in our country for centuries. At the same time, we are also concerned about the possible extinction of these languages and dialects. Recently I read a story from Dhaarchulaa in Uttaraakhand. There are many people of the Rang community who inhabit Dhaarchulaa in Pithauraagarh. They converse among one another in the Ranglo language. They are quite saddened by the fact that the number of people who speak this language is rapidly dwindling. And then, one fine day, they got together and resolved to save their language. And in no time, people from the Rang community joined in. You will be amazed to hear that there are only a handful of people in this community. Roughly, their number is estimated to be around ten thousand. But in order to save the Ranglo language, everyone contributed their mite. Be it an 84 year old elderly man Diwan Singh, or a 22 year old youth Vaishali Garbyaal. Be it a professor or a trader, everyone contributed - in whatever way they could. In this mission, ample use was also made of the social media. Many WhatsApp groups were formed. Hundreds of people were connected to this mission through these groups. This language does not have a script. It finds usage only in the spoken form. So, people started posting stories, poems and songs. They started correcting each other's language. So, in a way WhatsApp became a kind of classroom, where everyone was a student and a teacher at the same time.
  • Another important thing to note is that the United Nations has declared 2019 as the "International Year of Indigenous Languages". That means, efforts are being made to conserve those languages which are on the verge of extinction.
  • Just the other day, I was reading a story in the media on scuba divers. This is a story that can be inspiring for all Indians. One day, these scuba divers, who impart training in Vishakhapattanam, were obstructed by plastic bottles and pouches on their way back from sea on Mangamaripetta beach. While cleaning the litter, they found the matter grave. They were appalled at the way our sea is being littered with garbage. For the last many days, these divers go up to 100 mts. away from the coast; dive deep and take out the garbage lying around. And I am told that just within 13 days ie 2 weeks, they have removed more than 4000kg of plastic waste from the sea. This small beginning by the divers is being transformed into a big mission.They are being helped by local people now. Local fishermen have also started to help them by all means. Pondering over, taking inspiration from these scuba divers, if we too, take a pledge to rid our surroundings of plastic waste, "Plastic Free India" can become a new example for the whole world.
  • 26th of November is special for the whole country. This is especially important for our republic since we celebrate this day as Constitution Day. Our constitution guards the rights and dignity of every citizen which has been ensured owing to the farsightedness of the architects of our constitution. I pray that the 'Constitution Day' reinforces our obligation towards upholding the constitutional ideals and values thus contributing to nation building. After all, this was the dream of the makers of our constitution.

- pmindia.gov.in