Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation through his Mann Ki Baat programme at 11 am today. This will be his third radio broadcast since the BJP government was re-elected for a second term in May.
The programme is broadcasted on the last Sunday of every month.
Here are the latest updates:
"People have expressed a desire to know more about the ‘Man vs. Wild’"
Commenting on his 'Man vs Wild' episode with Bear Gryllis, he said that people expressed desire to know more and said that he had established a connect with the youth around the world with just one episode. "I had never thought I would find a certain place in young hearts in this country and the world pays attention to diverse things," he said, adding that Disney channel is planning to broadcast the programme in 165 countries in their respective languages.
PM Modi lauds initiative started in Maharashtra's Nashik to curb malnutrition
"Under the ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’ campaign, nutrition made available with the help of modern scientific methods is being converted into a mass movement all over the country. Mutthi Bhar Dhaanya’ initiative has turned into a big movement in Nashik. During harvest period, Anganwadi workers collect handful of rice grain from people. This grain is used to make piping hot food for children and women. In many states, people run meal campaigns on certain dates," he said.
He further said that there are many little things that can be employed in our country’s effective fight against malnutrition.
"Today, due to lack of awareness, both poor and affluent families are affected by malnutrition," he said
"Let us join hands to curb single-use plastic"
"O glorious children of Mother India, you may remember that for the last few years, we have been running a countrywide campaign ‘Swachchata Hi Sewa’, ‘the quest for cleanliness is service. Home or the neighbourhood lane, street circles, crossings, or drains, schools and colleges … we have to involve ourselves in a Mega campaign of ensuring cleanliness at public places," he said.
"When we celebrate Bapu’s 150th birth anniversary, we shall not only dedicate to him an India that is Open Defecation Free, but also shall lay the foundation of a new revolution against plastic, by people themselves, throughout the country," he added.
"Venice Biennale art show unveils photo exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi"
The India Pavillion at Venice Biennale art show unveiled an exhibition on Gandhiji. Sharing this information with listeners, Modi said, "Of special interest were Haripura Panels. "Before the Haripura (Congress) Session, in 1937-38, Mahatma Gandhi had invited the then Principal of Shantiniketan Kala Bhavan, Nandlal Bose."
"Gandhi shared an unbreakable bond with truth; he shared a similar unique bond with the spirit of service"
"Gandhiji emphasized not only on the spirit of service, but also on the inner happiness it led to. Mahatma Gandhi, of course, became the voice of innumerable Indians, in the larger backdrop of upholding human values & human dignity; in a way, he had become the voice of the world
I have been extremely fortunate to have been blessed with the opportunity to visit a number of significant places associated with revered Mahatma Gandhi and pay my homage," he said.
"Gandhi served the poor, the destitute, the weak and the hungry"
"He served communities in South Africa that were bearing the brunt of apartheid. He served farmers in Champaran who were being discriminated against. He served millworkers who were being underpaid. He served the poor, the destitute, the weak and the hungry… he took it as life’s prime duty. He presented shining examples through the medium of service in his own life," Modi 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," he said.
"Krishna- Janma Mahotsav, the festival of the birth of Lord Krishna was celebrated throughout India"
"Can anyone even imagine the greatness of his personality, that, even after thousands of years, the festival comes along with renewed novelty, a new inspiration with fresh energy. Despite the tremendous might that he possessed, there were times when he would immerse himself in performing RAAS; at other times he would be in midst of cows and cowherds; sometimes indulging in sports & games; often playing flute," he said.
"One feels a sense of newness in whatever he does. And that’s why today, as I converse with you, my attention is drawn towards two Mohans. One is Sudarshan Chakra bearing Mohan and other is Charkha bearing Mohan. Spinning-wheel bearing Mohan too chose a similar path, for the sake of Freedom, for preserving human values, for strengthening the basic elements of personality & character," PM Modi addded.
Perhaps our ancestors intricately wove the annual seasonal cycle, the economy cycle and social and life systems in a way that ensured, that under no circumstances, dullness crept into society.
On the one hand, these days, our country is enjoying the feast of rains; on the other, every corner of the country is celebrating festivals and fairs. And this will go on till Diwali.