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Mann ki Baat highlights: PM Modi remembers Gandhi, Vivekananda; talks about Man v/s Wild and more

In his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’ on August 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to people of the nation on the occasion of Krishna- Janma Mahotsav, remembered Swami Vivekanada, spoke about National Sports Day and about the upcoming 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The programme is broadcast on the last Sunday of the month and suggestions, stories and ideas are invited from people for it.

Here are the highlights fro PM Modi’s latest Mann ki Baat show – 

Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary

PM Modi dedicated today’s radio address to India’s father of nation and freedom father Mahatma Gandhi and said preparations are underway in the entire world to mark his 150th birth anniversary.

Speaking in his address, PM said, “Preparations are underway for a mega festival in India. Not just in India, it is a part of the discourse in the whole world. I’m referring to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”

The Prime Minister in his address to the nation urged people to celebrate this year’s Gandhi Jayanti by making India plastic-free. Modi called for efforts to ensure proper collection and storage of plastic to save the environment.

Remembering Swami Vivekananda

Remembering Swami Vivekananda, Modi said that the historic speech of Vivekananda delivered on September 11, 1893 cannot be forgotten. “Come, let us look anew at India which Swami Vivekananda had seen and let us put in practice the inherent strength of India realized by Swami Vivekananda. We possess everything within us, let us proceed with confidence”, Modi said.

National Sport Day

Speaking of the upcoming National Sports Day, PM Modi announced to launch ‘Fit India Movement’ in the country.

He said, “My dear countrymen, all of you will remember that the 29th of August is celebrated as ‘National Sports Day’. On August 29, on the occasion of National Sports Day, we will launch ‘Fit India Movement’ in the country. I want to see you fit and make you fitness conscious.”

Experience of featuring in Man v/s Wild

In his address, PM Modi said, “I never thought that one episode of Man VS Wild will connect me with youths across the world. Wherever I go as India’s PM, they always ask me questions about Yoga. But now people have been asking me about wildlife and climate change. I am surprised.”

He informed the masses that Discovery Channel plans to broadcast this episode in 165 countries in their languages.

Clarifying several queries, PM Modi said that “some people ask me albeit with some hesitation that how did I converse with Bear Grylls. Technology helped us communicate. Whatever I said was translated through an equipment in his ear. I spoke in Hindi but he could hear me in English.”

Providing nutrition under ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ campaign

Speaking of the ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ campaign, Modi said that nutrition made available with the help of modern scientific methods is being converted into a mass movement all over the country.

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