Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 100th episode of the radio program Mann Ki Baat was broadcasted live at the United Nations headquarters in New York in the early hours of Sunday. Mann Ki Baat at the Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters New York "It just started,” and India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj tweeted.
This radio address was aired at 1:30 am local time on Sunday in New York. The Permanent Mission of India also tweeted, "Let's take a moment to appreciate the impact it has had in promoting inclusivity and public participation."
The events were also organized by the Indian missions in the UK, China, South Africa, Chile, Morocco, Mexico, Congo, Iraq, and Indonesia, to name a few. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also attended the special, organized in New York by the Indian community, where the entire radio program was broadcasted.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is on a tour of the United Kingdom (UK), joined the event along with the community members and the officials. This event also occurred in London in a live broadcast at the Indian High Commission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi described ‘Mann Ki Baat’ as a great medium to learn from the qualities of others, adding that it allowed him to connect with the people of the country like when he used to be the Gujarat Chief minister.
The Prime Minister also spoke with four people whose initiatives he had discussed in previous broadcast episodes. These included Haryana's Sunil Jaglan, the man who started the 'Selfie with Daughter' campaign from his village in 2015; Vijay Shanti Devi from Manipur, who makes clothes from lotus fiber and who said she would soon start exporting her products; Pradeep Sangwan, who runs the ‘Healing Himalayas’ campaign collecting 5 tonnes of garbage from different locations every day and running waste management initiatives in the rural Himalayas; as well as Manzoor Ahmed, a pencil manufacturer in a Jammu & Kashmir village, employing over 200 people.
"We started another campaign that we will not bargain with poor small–scale shopkeepers. Even when the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign started, 'Mann ki Baat' played a big role in connecting countrymen with this resolve," the PM said. In a bid to promote local tourism and Incredible India, Modi recalled how ‘Mann ki Baat’ called for people to promote tourism by visiting at least 15 Indian places not within their states of residence.
In a bid to promote local tourism and Incredible India, Modi recalled how ‘Mann ki Baat’ called for people to promote tourism by visiting at least 15 Indian places not within their states of residence.
"Through this moment, for the first time, people came to know about such places, which were just in their neighborhood. Similarly, we have continuously talked about serious topics like clean Siachen, single-use plastic, and e–waste. Today, this effort of 'Mann ki Baat' is significant in solving environmental issues about which the whole world is concerned," Modi said.
The PM relayed a message from the UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay, who sought to know about India's efforts towards putting education and culture on the international agenda. Describing both as "favorite topics" on 'Mann ki Baat,’ Modi said preservation and promotion of education and culture were ancient traditions in India. The broadcast has highlighted several people who have perpetuated education and Indian culture through their initiatives.
Referring to a mantra from the Upanishads on persistence and forward movement, the PM said the 100th episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ carried the spirit of ‘Charaiveti Charaiveti,’ connecting and inspiring every person in the country.
"Mann Ki Baat has showcased stories of talented individuals across diverse fields, from promoting Aatmanirbhar Bharat to Make in India and space startups," the PM said, adding that it gave him a solution to connect with the people and was not merely a program but a spiritual journey for him.
The Mann Ki Baat radio address has transformed into an "inspirational platform" encouraging sustainable progress on themes that are core to India's efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals, a study supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said, news agency PTI reported.
PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat highlights government and citizen action in priority areas and encourages listeners to establish or participate in change-making initiatives in their communities, to have a lasting and sustainable impact on the lives of people and the country.
"Any subject with which Mann ki Baat got associated, be it 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao movement, Swachh Bharat, the use of Khadi or Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, all these initiatives turned into a mass movement, and you people have made it so." He also added that Mann Ki Baat is a way to connect with the common people and their thoughts by uniting them in one frame and form an opinion or share anything with the common people it is his way to connect with the countrymen.
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