New Delhi, November 26: Embarking a journey on the pious occasion of Vijayadashmi, back in the year 2014, the journey of ‘Mann ki Baat’ has helped the masses know how the society and the country has revolved into a nation everyone once dreamt of. Enlightening the 50 episodes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the reason behind the conception of the radio programme and its journey till now. PM Modi owes the radio programme Mann ki Baat to the people and not about politics.
The journey of Mann ki Baat has reached its 50th mark and thus, this Golden Jubilee Episode is indeed gilt-edged in every sense of the term. During the show on All India Radio (AIR), the prime minister said: "Modi will come and go, but this country will remain eternal, our culture will remain immortal."
PM Modi also spoke about the construction of Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib road corridor up to international border with Pakistan. "The government has made a very important decision -- that of opening the Kartarpur Corridor so that people of our nation can easily go to Kartarpur in Pakistan and visit the sacred place of Guru Nanak Dev."
When Mann Ki Baat began, I decided that politics will not be a part of it, the prime minister said.
"It'll neither have the praises of the government nor my name. I got the inspiration and strength to stay true to my resolution from all of you," PM Modi added. "Mann Ki Baat is about people, not politics."
The prime minister also thanked the media for playing Mann Ki Baat on their channels. "No political person is ever happy with the media, they think they don't get enough coverage or get negative coverage, however, the media has made the issues raised in programme their own."
Narrating the story of how the idea for the programme came to him after a trip to Himachal Pradesh in 1998, PM Modi said he was surprised to see a dhaba (eatery) owner in a secluded terrain getting news and information from the radio.
The man, overjoyed, turned on a radio and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was heard saying that it was the day India conducted its atomic test, he said. "Since then, it has always been in my mind that radio is linked to the masses and has a lot of power," PM Modi said.
Emphasizing on the spirit of the youth to carve a better future for the country, PM Modi said that today’s youth are very ambitious. They won’t do things that they don’t believe in. If they believe in something, they will leave everything and do that. Youths ask a lot of question. They don’t want to waste time and want to achieve things fast. They will transform the nation.
The Prime Minister said that TV channels have made it the most watched radio programme Adding to it he said that, cleanliness, road safety, drug free India and selfie with daughter are some of the initiatives that the media campaigned for in a creative manner. He also said, "Modi will come and go, but this country will remain eternal, our culture will remain immortal."
When Mann Ki Baat began, it was decided that politics will not be a part of it. It'll neither have the praises of the government nor my name. PM Modi got the inspiration and strength to stay true to his resolution from all of us - the masses.