Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the first edition of his monthly radio show – Mann ki Baat – after returning to power.
During his address, Modi asked citizens for ideas to conserve water, congratulated the voters for being a part of the largest polling exercise in the world and also highlighted the importance of democracy, yoga, books and more.
Here are the major highlights from PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0’
Pitching for a collective and creative effort to overcome the crisis, Modi urged appealed to all Indians to create awareness on water shortage, share knowledge of traditional methods of water storage and share information about individuals and NGOs working on water conservation.
He also urged people to tweet with #JanShakti4JalShakti. “Come let us join water conservation, and involve ourselves in making a list of more and more innovative methods to motivate people to conserve water,” he said.
Books and reading habits
PM Modi urged citizens to devote some time to reading. In said, sometime back, someone presented him a collection of short stories of the great Premchand which gave him a new perception of life.
“I once again got an opportunity to revisit those stories. The human element and compassion stands out in his words. It is my request to you all- please devote some time to reading. I urge you all to talk about the books you read, on the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.’ Let us have discussions on the good books we read and why we liked the books,” said PM Modi.
International Yoga Day Celebration
On Yoga Day celebrations, PM Modi said, “The awareness of holistic health care has increased the greatness of Yoga Day. People of varied generations enthusiastically joined the celebrations on June 21. Yoga ensures that society is made up of healthy minds and sympathetic souls.”
He talked about organisations, both Indian and International, that have dedicated themselves to the cause of Yoga. “The Japan Yoga Niketan, has made yoga popular throughout Japan. Italy’s Antonietta Rozzi started “Sarv Yoga International,” and popularized it throughout Europe.”
2019 Lok Sabha Election and the victory of Democracy
Speaking about the recently concluded 17th Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi said it was the largest democratic election in the world. “The scale of the election was immense. It tells us about the faith people have in our democracy,” PM Modi said.
He also spoke about voters who overcame impossible odds to vote. “In a remote area of Arunachal Pradesh, a polling station was created for a lone woman voter. The world’s highest located polling station is in India. At an altitude of 15,000 feet, it is located in the Lahaul Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh,” he said, adding, “This is the first time ever that women enthusiastically voted as much as men did.”
Mod further congratulated the Election Commission on the successful conduct of the elections.