The year 2015 saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi touch a lot issues in his “Mann Ki Baat” programme. He began the year with a joint address with United States President Barrack Obama when he visited India as the chief guest for Republic Day celebrations. In the last few months he used the platform to talk about various issues such as unity, harmony, aiding Nepal quake victims and One Rank One Pension Scheme.
Taking time off his strenuous schedule, PM Modi has always made it a point to use radio waves to reach out to listeners. The clever use of the medium masked the distance between the prime minister and his listeners by creating the illusion of a face-to-face chat.
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Despite efforts by the Opposition parties on several occasions to cancel the programme during state elections, the Election Commission has refused to issue a blanket ban. The commission said did not have any objections as long as the prime minister’s speech was not an attempt to attract voters in poll-bound states.
We take a look at some of his best speeches on “Mann Ki Baat” in 2015.
Here are excerpts from his speeches:
To a question on girl child, Modi said there is a lot of worry because of the sex ratio in India as for every 1000 boys, the number of girls is less. “The main reason for this is that, there is a defect in our attitudes towards boys and girls,” he said. In this respect, the Prime Minister said, the life of the US President is an inspiration, considering the “way he has brought up his two daughters, the way he is proud of his two daughters.”
“Is it not true that this question (OROP) has been pending for 40 years? Is it not true that all the previous governments talked about it, but actually did nothing? I assure you…I have promised ex-servicemen that my government will implement One Rank, One Pension,” Modi said during his 25-minute programme.
“Kargil ke yuddh mein, hamara ek-ek jawan sau-sau dushmanon par bhari pada (In the Kargil war, each of our jawans proved stronger than a hundred of the enemy),” the PM said in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, held on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
“I salute the brave soldiers who thwarted the evil designs of the enemy without caring for their own lives. The Kargil war was not fought only on the border but every village, every city contributed to it,” Modi said.
“India is full of diversities. Many sects, many communities, many languages, many castes…our India is full of so many diversities. And it is this diversity that is our pride.” He added: “Had this diversity not been there, we would not have been able to feel so proud about it. That’s why diversity is the mantra for unity. Shanti, sadbhavna, ekta…yahi toh vikas ki jadi-booti hai (Peace, harmony and unity…this is the prescription for development).”
“For 125 crore Indians, Nepal is their very own. Its grief is our grief. India will try its best to wipe the tears, hold the hands and stand alongside every Nepali in this hour of crisis,” he added.
“After rescue operations, relief works will have to be run. The task of rehabilitation will go on for long,” he added. Recalling the 2001 Gujarat earthquake, Modi said that he had seen such a calamity from up close. “I can well imagine how dreadful this calamity is. I can imagine what Nepal and its families must be going through,” he said.