PM Narendra Modi today addressed the nation through this programme Mann Ki Baat at 11 AM. The monthly programme started with the prime minister remembering Lt. Dhyanchand, the legendary field Hockey player on his birth anniversary which falls on 29th of August. The prime minister thanked Dhayanchand for bringing laurels to his country.
1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness over the awareness of sports amongst the people of India. He congratulated and thanked Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and PV Sindhu for performing so well at Olympics.
Expressing concern over its overall performance, Narendra Modi said that he has made a committee to make a road – map for the future of sports in our country and he urged state governments to do the same at their level.
2) The prime minister said that since he would not be in the country for teachers’ day he said he’d like to express his gratitude towards the teachers of the country. He saluted P.Gopichand, PV Sindhu’s coach for his dedication as a teacher.
The prime minister talked about the importance of teachers’ day in a student’s life and urged the citizens of the country to share a memory or an inspiring story with their teachers on Narendra Modi app.
3)Remembering Lokmanya Tilak for his efforts in the freedom struggle and giving the slogan of ‘Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it’ to India, PM Narendra Modi said that it was Tilak who started Ganesh Utsav and we must remember him on the festival.
Addressing the environmental issues around Ganesh Utsav, the prime minister requested the people to use earth idols of Ganesha instead of Plaster of Paris idols. He said, “Lord Ganesha is worshipped as the remover of obstacles. Let us not create idols of Lord Ganesha that create obstacles”
4) The prime minister announced that Mother Teresa would be canonised on the 4th of September and talked about how she cared for the poor he also said that if development became a mass revolution, it will change the world.
5) Talking about an incident which happened in Kabirdham district, the prime minister said that more than 1700 students wrote to their parents demanding toilets in their house. The incidents, he said created an emotional impact on the parents and they agreed to their demands. He also talked about Mallama, a 16 year old girl who launched Satyagrah against her parents and demanded a toilet. Her demand was met when the village chief heard of it and built a toilet in her house.
6) Bringing the Swachch Ganga initiative to light, PM Narendra Modi announced that, on August 20, Village pradhans promised to stop defecation in the river and built toilets in their villages.
7) Taking the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign further, the prime minister announced a short film competition where individuals would be required to make a film on Swachh Bharat, the results of which would be declared on 2nd of October on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
8) PM Modi also talked about the importance of cordial relationships with neighbouring Bangladesh. He talked about the radio channel Akashvani Maitri, which has just been launched by India’s president, Pranab Mukherjee. The content of the radio channel would be shared by both the countries and it would be available in the common language of the both the lands, Bangla.
9) The prime minister also talked about the Gas subsidy campaign, ‘Give it up’ and narrated an incident where an 84-year-old teacher had written to the prime minister, appreciating the campaign and donating 50,000 rupees to help women who struggle with smoke filled stoves.
10) In the end, addressing the much-heated issue of Kashmir, Modi said that he strongly condemns the extremists who use small kids for their selfish purposes. He expressed grief over the lives which were lost in the violent protests, he said that any life lost in Kashmir be it that of any youth or any security personnel is the nation’s loss.