Mann Ki Baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people to participate in the ‘Run for Unity’ on October 31 when the nation will celebrate the birth anniversary of India’s first Home minister Sardar Patel. He said that it because of the efforts of Patel that India is united today. “31st October is the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and we shall dedicate Statue Of Unity of the nation, as a tribute to him. It is the world’s tallest skyscraping statue,” he said.
On stubble burning menace, he lauded Kalar Majra a small village near Nabha Punjab for coming up with an eco-friendly system. He said that farmers in this Punjab village does not burn crops but plough it back to soil. He also referred to the story of Punjab farmer Gurbachan Singh to urge farmers not to burn stubble. He said that when son of Gurbachan Singh was to be married, Gurbachan told bride’s parents that marriage would be performed in solemn manner. But then he suddenly said that he had one condition. “You will be surprised to know Gurbachan Singh asked bride’s father that he will not burn parali or stubble in their fields.” He said that this condition he placed reflects the true strength of our society.
Stressing on the need to work unitedly to address issues like terrorism, climate change, economic development and social justice, Modi said that peace does not only mean “no war”.
“Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” he said, adding that wherever there will be a talk of world peace, India’s name and contribution will be written in golden letters.