Constructive criticism good, polls on govt are welcome: PM Narendra Modi in Mann Ki Baat

Mann Ki Baat: Prime Minister Modi congratulated those “who took out time for an in-depth analysis of our work”.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: May 29, 2017 8:57 am
BJP chief Amit Shah, MPs Manoj Tiwari and Meenakshi Lekhi tune in to Mann Ki Baat at a Delhi slum on Sunday. Abhinav Saha

With his government completing three years in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he welcomed the “critical feedback” and in-depth analysis of its work, “tested on every touchstone”, and said constructive criticism strengthens a democracy. Addressing the 32nd edition of his radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Modi said that people had chosen him to be the “Pradhan Sevak (servant-in-chief of the people)” and he firmly believed that governments should be accountable in a democracy. The Prime Minister touched upon his favourite topic, “swachchta”, announced a new campaign, wished the country at the start of Ramzan, and expressed hope that the occasion would further strengthen the values of peace, unity and goodwill. He also urged listeners of the programme to post Yoga Day selfies on the Narendra Modi app or the Mygov website.

He noted that assessments of the government’s performance have been appearing in newspapers, on social media or TV for the last 15 days, ahead of the third anniversary of his government. “There have been many surveys and several opinion polls. I see this entire process as a very healthy sign,” he said. “The work done during these years was tested on every touchstone. It was analysed by every segment of society. And this is a great process in a democracy. I firmly believe that governments must be accountable in a democracy and the public at large must be provided a report card of the work done,” the PM said.

He congratulated those “who took out time for an in-depth analysis of our work”. “There were some praises, some support and sometimes shortcomings were also pointed out. I understand the importance of all these things. I thank those people who provided critical and important feedback. The mistakes and the shortcomings once highlighted can be rectified. Whether something is good, little less effective or bad, whatever it is, one has to learn from it and move ahead in life putting the learning into practice. Constructive criticism strengthens democracy; for an aware nation, an awakened nation, this churning is very important,” he said.

Modi also took on criticism over the Mann Ki Baat programme, saying that while some people saw it as a “monologue” and some viewed it “from a political angle”, he had come to see it as a conversation with families listening in from home. Flagging the multi-faith tradition of India, the PM said, “This is a country where both believers and atheists, idolaters and those loathing idol-worship co-exist. We have adapted ourselves to myriad kinds of ideologies, different ways of worshipping and all types of traditions, and imbibed the art of co-existing. Ultimately, religions, faith, ideology or tradition give us the message of peace, unity and goodwill. This holy month of Ramzan will definitely be helpful in further strengthening these values.”

He also issued a separate greeting for the beginning of Ramzan. Laying emphasis on waste management, Modi announced that the Central government had decided to launch a campaign on waste management from June 5, World Environment Day, along with state governments and municipal representatives. He said there would be litter bins available to collect solid waste and liquid waste in 4,000 towns, and urged people to dispose of dry and liquid waste separately. There was a need to look at garbage not simply as waste but wealth as well, he added.

The Prime Minister hailed the contribution of a resident, “Afroz Shah”, for cleaning Versova beach of Mumbai of thousand of tonnes of waste, and congratulated the people of Reasi block in Jammu and Kashmir for becoming free of open defecation.

The Prime Minister also chose the occasion to pay obeisance to Hindu Mahasabha leader Veer Sarvarkar on his birth anniversary, recalling how Savarkar used to write poems on the walls of Cellular Jail during the freedom struggle and how he had written a book, Majhi Janmathep.

He welcomed a suggestion to make an appeal on the third International Yoga Day on June 21 for three generations of the family to do yoga together, and felt this could work the same way as the Selfie with Daughter campaign that had proved to be “inspiring”. He requested people to post pictures of three generations doing yoga together on the Narendra ModiApp or Mygov.

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    Thomas Joseph
    May 29, 2017 at 10:04 am
    Not one press conference since taking over. If I remember correctly, this same person and his party now in power used to insult the then PM by cal him 'maunmohan'. It certainly seems a misnomer compared to this 'chupendra'.
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      Thomas Joseph
      May 29, 2017 at 10:06 am
      Correction: by cal him
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        Thomas Joseph
        May 29, 2017 at 10:06 am
        IE - pls update your text software :-)
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      rajan
      May 29, 2017 at 9:40 am
      "If winter should say, " Spring is in my heart", who would believe winter?" For the last three years this man is busy in just touring & talking. His rhetoric and exhortations are meaningless. His past & present don't inspire confidence in the minds of the minorities. He prefers to remain silent whenever excesses against Muslims, Christians or dalits occur across the country. Kahlil Gibran says," If you would rise but a cubit above race and country and self you would indeed become godlike." Unfortunately, Modi with his dubious antecedents can never think or act suchlike. A man is known by his company. His company of Shah & RSS are enough to reveal his mindset. Little hope thahe can ever overcome his Hypocrisy.
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        madhu
        May 29, 2017 at 8:35 am
        fully agree with apte. Most of the politician are corrupted. They need to be audited. One CM involved in "Note for Vote" case, claims, I came out form 26 CBI cases I will come out from this?
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          Apte
          May 29, 2017 at 8:04 am
          1. Generally speaking these have been scam-free three years, and as compared to UPA regime, there is a lot more clarity as regards economic policies and programmes. 2. Positive impact is yet to be felt in terms of employment growth and improvement of that section of population which consists of small farmers, landless farm workers and unskilled or semi-skilled workers. 3. A section of population of senior citizens (non-pensioners) are today facing a severe financial crunch on account of fal interest on bank deposits and National Savings Schemes. These sections have to be reassured that the government is committed to their welfare. 4. The NDA government has not shown courage to tackle political corruption. Political parties are still protected from an independent scrutiny of their income; and these parties’ accounts are still not audited. To minimize corruption, and particularly corruption in lower and middle levels of bureaucracy, political and administrative will is needed.
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            ram
            May 29, 2017 at 8:53 am
            RSS should take initiative to cleanse more of political system. Our own volunteers suffered because of Vyapam scam. But still Mr Chauhan who earlier tried to prevent CBI probe continues as CM.
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            madhu
            May 29, 2017 at 7:45 am
            guys think creating jobs for people. People will do yoga if their body needs.
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