Mann ki Baat: PM Modi says India always spread message of peace

PM Modi's Mann ki Baat: Hailing India as the land of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and how Indians have always spread the message of peace, unity and goodwill, PM Modi spoke about Indian security forces contribution to UN's Peacekeeping Operations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2017 8:12 pm
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In the latest edition of Mann ki Baat, PM Modi on Sunday recalled the efforts of the United Nations in establishing peace across the world. Hailing India as the land of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and how Indians have always spread the message of peace, unity and goodwill, PM Modi spoke about Indian security forces contribution to UN’s Peacekeeping Operations.

“Presently, about seven thousand Indian soldiers are associated with UN Peacekeeping initiatives which is the third highest number of soldiers from any country. Till August 2017, Indian soldiers had lent their services in about 50 of the total of 71 Peacekeeping operations undertaken by the UN the world over. These operations have been carried out in Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Congo, Cyprus, Liberia, Lebanon, Sudan and many other parts of the world. In Congo and Southern Sudan more than twenty thousand patients were treated in hospitals of the Indian army and countless lives were saved,” he said.

Speaking on the importance of equality for women, PM Modi recollected how Indian ambassador to UN, Hansa Mehta’s efforts helped tweak a phrase in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

“You may be aware that the preface of the Indian Constitution and the preface of the UN Charter; both start with the words ‘We the people’. India has always stressed on the importance of equality for women and the UN Declaration of Human Rights is a living example of this.

“In its initial phrase, it was proposed as ‘all men are born free and equal’ which was amended and adopted as ‘all human beings are born free and equal’ with the efforts of the Indian representative Hansa Mehta. It appears to be a minor change but it reflects a vision of a healthy thought,” he said.

PM Modi also paid tribute Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria, who was the only UN peacekeeper to be awarded the Param Veer Chakra.

“Who can forget the sacrifice of Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria who laid down his life while fighting in Congo in Africa? Every Indian feels proud while remembering him. He was the only UN peacekeeper, a brave-heart, who was awarded the Param Veer Chakra. Lieutenant General Prem Chand ji is one among those Indian Peacekeepers who carved a special niche for themselves in Cyprus. In 1989, at the age of 72, he was appointed the Force Commander for an operation in Namibia and he gave his services to ensure the Independence of that country. General Thimaiyya, who had been India’s army chief, lead the UN Peacekeeping force in Cyprus and sacrificed everything for those peace efforts. India has always been giving a message of peace, unity and harmony to the world. We believe that everyone must live in peace and harmony and move ahead to carve a better and peaceful tomorrow,” he said.

The Prime Minister also mentioned sister Nivedita’s tireless efforts to unite people by awakening their national consciousness. “India has been blessed with great people, who served humanity with selflessness,” he said.

He also urged people to participate in ‘Run for Unity’,  a marathon organised in the memory of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31. PM Modi insisted that people of all ages, male and female should participate in the event which will be held across the country.

PM Modi also spoke about the rise in sales of khadi and handloom in the country from ‘khadi for the nation’ to ‘Khadi for Tranformation’. It plays a very important role in the economic stability of rural India.

He once again emphasised the importance of yoga and encouraged youngsters to switch to yoga to improve their lifestyle.

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  1. C
    Oct 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
    Good to hear from Modi. A great speech from a great leader. We are with you PM. Jai Hind.
    1. A
      Oct 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm
      India is great. Kudos to Modi for his effort to take India forward. He is casting terror on the hearts of enemies of India and those terrified creatures have taken to social media to vomit hatred and abuse on him and India. But we should pity them as they are continuously applying burnol on their bu rnt asses for last four years now. Modi should be kind and should provide burnol at subsidized rate.
      1. A
        Oct 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm
        I am from Pakistan and I wish we had a prime minister like Modi. We are neighbour of India but India is not helping democracy to flourish in Pakistan. The Pakistan army is calling the shots and causing grave damage to the nation of Pakistan. Yesterday only they gace life sentences to 3 Ahmedis. Even Shias in Pakistan are not safe and they are being killed by Sunni terrorists. Why Modi is not raising any concern over such cruel acts? My g father migrated to Pakistan from UP, but we are looked down upon as Mohajirs. But these shameless fellow got everything from us, even the language Urdu. They are not allowing our Quaid Altaf Hussain as they afraid he will clean sweep any elections and bring real democracy to Pakistan. What is Modi doing to help Altaf hussain? Absolutely nothing. Modi is silent on Pak armys massacre of innocent Baloch people and not helping Balochistan to get justice and freedom.
        1. S
          Oct 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm
          I am his admirer. But I will not agree with all he says. India preaches love for the world, but it also start punishing the enemies of humanities. The por kis in Kashmir are killing our people, but we are not giving our army a free hand to finish off the pi gs from Pi gistan. Honourable PM must allow our army kill and finish all of the Porki terrorists from Kashmir. Only around 160 terrorists pi gs have been killed in Kashmir this year and that is really a small number.
          1. J
            Oct 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm
            You have made us proud. I am a fan of your man ki baat. Truly a great leader and PM. God bless you sir.
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