New Delhi, June 29: "Self-reliant India will be a real tribute to our martyrs", noted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday while addressing the nation in his Mann Ki Baat programme. Modi said every Indian should resolve to make the country stronger, more capable and self-reliant and that no mission could be successfully achieved without people’s participation.
Reiterating his stand on 'Vocal for Local', he said, "When people buy local, become vocal for local they play a role in strengthening the country. The entire country is paying tributes to the valour and bravery of our soldiers who were killed in Ladakh and is indebted to them. Our brave soldiers proved that they will not let anyone cast an evil eye on the glory and honour of Mother India". Modi also underlined the importance of defence sector preparedness. He said, after independence, we should have made efforts in the defence sector, taking advantage of the prior experience, but we did not. "Today, in the fields of defence and technology, India is taking strides towards self-reliance", he added taking an indirect jibe at Congress Party.
Here are the key highlights from his speech:
• There is no reason to believe that the rest of the year 2020 will be as bad as the first half
• India has turned crisis to opportunities of growth previously in its long history and encouraged the citizens to make the best of 2020 despite the hardships it has presented in the first half of the year.
• India knows how to be friends, but also knows how to look at its enemies in the eye. He was referring to the recent incident of PLA forces trying to encroach into Indian territory in Galwan Valley, Ladakh.
• ‘People’s participation is necessary for any movement’, said PM Modi stressing on the current need to promote locally manufactured products while he congratulated a citizen from Assam and Tamil Nadu as they vowed to be vocal about the usage and promotion of local products.
• India needs to be strong to forge global peace and unity.
• PM Modi said that as the nation is unlocking citizens need to be more alert. He advised citizens to maintain social distance, wash their hands and maintain personal hygiene in order to defeat coronavirus.
• The coal industry has also undergone a phase of unlocking. He outlined that this unlocking of the coal sector will help spur growth.
• Our migrant labourers have achieved remarkable feats and we have heard stories of human excellence that inspires us to fight the pandemic.
• Pandemic has taught us to value life, our familial relations and helped us rediscover ourselves’, said PM.
• We need to promote India’s indoor games and we need help startups which will promote India’s indoor games. It is necessary to help India’s traditional games and step aside slightly from playing other online games as we try to be vocal about local in these fields as well.
• Rainwater harvesting is necessary and a school in Rajasthan has been exemplary as it built a facility that stops wastage of close to 10,000 litres of water.
• Europe and North America are importing more Indian spices in order to boost immunity as coronavirus continues to affect people across the planet.
• PM Modi asked citizens to exercise caution during the monsoon season and told them that amid the pandemic it is necessary to remain safe as monsoon gradually advances to cover the entire nation.
The Prime Minister meanwhile had a special request for his younger fans in his Mann Ki Baat episode. He asked children to interview their grandparents and other elderly relatives. He requested children to save these interviews on their devices and create a video album. He said these video interviews can help us prepare for a better future as the experiences of the elders in any household is necessary for the growth of a young individual. He also wished former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao on his 99th birth anniversary highlighted he had vowed that he would give his entire life to the service of the nation when he was a teenager. Modi also added that his predecessor was multilingual and had interests in a wide range of subjects like literature, philosophy and science.