Mann Ki Baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded the role of Armed forces in keeping the border and the nation safe. In his monthly radio address to the nation, the PM invoked the surgical strikes conducted by Indian Atmy across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2016 to say “our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the peace and progress”. He said that India is committed to peace but not at the cost of ‘compromising self-respect’. “We staunchly believe in peace, we are committed to taking it forward but not at the cost of compromising our self-respect and sovereignty of nation. India has alwasys been resolutely committed to peace.”
The PM also remembered Mahatma Gandhi in his address. He said that 2nd October this year will be special as it marks the start of Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations. He said that the Gandhi charter that continues to inspire us all. “Gandhiji was a Lok Sangrahak. He endeared himself to people across all sections of society,” the Prime Minister said. He added: “Bapu gave an inspirational mantra to all of us which is known as Gandhi Ji’s Talisman. This Mantra is extremely relevant today.”
PM Modi also took the opportunity to congratulate fellow citizens on the success of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement. He also remembered Sardar Patel and encouraged people to run together to pay a rich tribute to Sardar Patel on October 31 to commemorate his legacy.