The 50th episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular radio show, Mann ki Baat, will air on All India Radio on Sunday. The programme that was started in October 2014, months after the Modi government assumed office, is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month.
In its previous episodes, PM Modi has spoken on issues of social, national as well as international implication including education of the girl child, tackling exam stress, climate change and drug menace.
He began his address to the nation on the 50th edition of Mann Ki Baat radio programme on Sunday.
Explaining why he chose radio as the medium, the PM said that radio’s connectivity is incomparable that’s why he chose it. “Mann Ki Baat was initiated to share stories from all strata of our society. History, unity, diversity, every grand chronicle of India,” the PM said.
Explaining why he started the Mann Ki Baat programme, PM said that these inspiring storis would connect people from villages to the metros.
He added that All India Radio recently did a survey regarding Mann Ki Baat and the findings revealed that 70% of those surveyed listened to the show regularly. “Most people think that the biggest contribution of Mann Ki Baat that it has increased sentiment of positivity in society,” the PM added.
When Mann Ki Baat began, the idea was to be apolitical. “It should not be about praising the government nor praising Modi. Modi will come and go, but this country will remain united, and our culture will remain. The small, inspiring stories of 130 crore people will remain,” the PM added.
PM Modi admitted that people do make fun of the programme, but said that the blessings of 130 crore Indians were in his heart. “Their heart is my heart. Mann Ki Baat dreams of an aspirational India. haring stories of 130 crore Indians is more important. Politicians will come and go, but the country, people, culture is eternal. That experience is more important,” he said.
PM Modi said that politicising everything is not healthy. “For India’s bright future, the talent of the masses should be encouraged. Mann Ki Baat is a humble and small effort in this direction,” the PM said, adding that Mann Ki Baat may have been his voice, but the expamples, emotion and spirit are of the people in India.
The prime minister also thanked media houses that have connected with him on social media. “It is due to them that Mann Ki Baat reaches far and wide. Some people speak in regional languages in a similar voice and tone. In this way, they become a Narendra Modi for the next 30 minutes,” he said.
While directly speaking to the youth of India, PM Modi added, “Accept don’t expect, discuss don’t dismiss.”
PM Modi also hailed Dr BR Ambedkar, saying that democracy was an intangible part of his life. “He took pride in the fact that the values of Indian democracy are not the by-product of foreign influences. He embraced the concept of democracy and parliamentary system,” the PM said.
Addressing the Indian Constitution that was adopted on November 26, 1949, the PM added, “Let us all move ahead with the values enshrined in our Constitution and ensure Peace, Progression and Prosperity in our country.”
While speaking of the opening of the Kartapur corridor, PM Modi said, “Govt has made a very important decision – that of opening the Kartapur corridor so that people of our nation can easily go to Kartarpur in Pakistan and visit the sacred place of Guru Nanak Dev.”