Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address for September spoke extensively on a host of issues, including the Uri terrorist attack, importance of development in Kashmir and the Swachh Bharat mission. He also remembered Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary and spoke of his ideologies. Wishing everyone ahead of the festive season, PM Modi said, “Next week Navratri and Durga Puja celebrations will begin; let us all pray for the real power of unity.” We take a look at 5 salient takeaways from PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat speech:
1) Uri attack – the guilty will be punished: Last week 18 soldiers were martyred in the Uri terrorist attack. I salute them and pay my tributes. The loss of these 18 soldiers is not just for the families, but for the nation as a whole. Everyone is mourning, everyone is angry. As I have said earlier, the perpetrators of this attack, those who are guilty, will not go unpunished. I have full faith in our Army, we are all proud of them. They will make sure that any such bids are foiled. As politicians and leaders, we all say things, but the Army doesn’t. The Army shows its valour and prowess.
2) Development for Kashmir: We all know that peace, unity and goodwill are the solutions to our problems. People of Kashmir have started understanding and distancing themselves from divisive and anti-national forces. People want schools and colleges; farmers want that their products are sold across India; businessmen want to flourish. Peace is necessary for the path of progress and for the future as well.
3) Special mention for Harshvardhan, an 11th class student: He wrote to me saying, “I was very shaken after the Uri terror attack. I wanted to do something immediately. But, I was unable to think of any way to help. And, what can a young student like me do? Then I thought of a way to help my country. I decided I will study 3 hours more everyday, so that I can a worthy citizen who can help in the welfare of the nation.” I applaud the ability of young Harshvardhan to think constructively in this atmposphere of anguish. In 1965 war, Lal Bahadur Shahstri coined the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ inspiring all Indians to work for the nation.
4) Paralympics: Several people wrote on Mygov.in and the Narendra Modi app, urging me to talk about India’s achievements at the Paralympics. Every one of us have become emotionally attached to the participants of Paralympics. The Prime Minister applauded each one of the participants and the medal winners.
5) Swachh Bharat: Two years ago on the birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi, that is October 2, we started the Swachh Bharat campaign. People have become aware of the importance of cleanliness. 2.48 crore toilets have been built in rural areas and 1.5 crore more will be constructed in the next year. You can now dial 1969 to check the status of toilet projects in your area, and also request for the same to be made. But, imbibing cleanliness in our culture is not enough. From ‘waste to wealth’ should be our mantra. Waste to wealth is a big opportunity for the youth of this nation. As Swachh Bharat mission completes 2 years, various ministries are spreading awareness about it.