‘Whatever issue Mann Ki Baat talked about became a people’s movement’, says PM Modi as radio show completes 100 episodes
On the 100th episode ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the radio show a ‘spiritual journey’, and said it had allowed him to connect with people.
Modi referred to previous episodes of the show, and said that whatever issue Mann Ki Baat was associated with ended up becoming a people’s movement.
He also called it a platform to do “doosron ke gunon ki pooja (worshipping others’ good qualities)”.
Modi also invited people from across the country whose initiatives and businesses had found mention in earlier episodes, and highlighted how they had contributed to various movements like ‘Vocal for Local’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. This included Sunil Jaglan of Haryana, who started the “Selfie with Daughter” campaign, Vijayashanti from Manipur who runs a lotus stem fibre business, and Manzoor Ahmed, an entrepreneur from Jammu and Kashmir.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay also joined the episode. She talked about her organisation’s commitment to ensuring access to education for all by 2030, and how India, as the world’s most populous country, could play its part.
She also mentioned India’s ongoing G20 presidency, and asked how India plans to make education and cultural preservation the biggest priorities on an international scale.
Modi went on to recall how previous episodes had showcased “selfless attempts” to provide education to the underprivileged sections of the country. Among the examples he cited were D Prakash Rao from Odisha, a tea stall owner who had made it his mission to educate economically backward children, and Sanjay Kashyap, who operated a mobile library in Jharkhand.
In the beginning of the show, Modi said that like the festival of Vijayadashmi, Mann Ki Baat too had become an occasion to celebrate Indians’ “goodness, optimism”, along with “positivity and people’s participation”.
Modi also said that cultural preservation was the “favourite topic” of the show. “It is my unbreakable belief that through collective effort, the biggest change can be made possible,” he said.
In the end, he said that he hoped “what started with Mann Ki Baat will become a new tradition in the country”.