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Mann ki Baat: Apologise for these harsh steps, says PM Modi

Mann ki Baat: On Monday, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the virus and curb its spread.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2020 7:50:09 am
Mann ki baat, Mann ki baat radio program, Mann ki baat program, PM Modi Mann ki Baat, Mann ki Baat PM Modi, PM Modi coronavirus, coronavirus nationwide lockdown, coronavirus, COVID-19, India news, Indian Express Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Monday. (File Photo)

Mann ki Baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation in his monthly radio program ‘Mann ki Baat’ apologised for the harsh decision of a 21-day nationwide lockdown. “The fight against coronavirus is unprecedented, therefore we had to take unprecedented and harsh decisions,” he said. “Social distancing is the first step to fight coronavirus, but it doesn’t mean that we reduce social interaction,” he added.

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Praising the doctors for their continuous efforts, PM Modi said, “Acharya Charak had said that one who serves patients without desiring any material gain, is the best doctor. I salute every nurse today, you all are working with incomparable dedication. World is celebrating 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife”.

On Monday, the Prime Minister announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to fight the virus and curb its spread. However, since the lockdown, thousands of migrant labourers, who have lost their jobs, are on the move, going back to their villages.

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11:34 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi to upload his fitness videos during quarantine on social media

"I will upload some videos of how I stay fit in the time of quarantine," says PM Modi. "I am not a fitness expert. I'm just a practitioner," he adds.

11:33 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Social distancing first step to fight COVID-19: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, "Social distancing is the first step to fight coronavirus, but it doesn't mean that we reduce social interaction". "I was extremely hurt when I came to know that some people are misbehaving with those who are being advised home quarantine. We need to be sensitive and understanding. Increase social distancing but reduce emotional distancing," he adds.

11:31 (IST)29 Mar 2020
We should be thankful for our daily life heroes: PM Modi

"Doctors' sacrifices remind me of ancient Hindu sage who said one who serves patients without financial motive is a real doctor. 'Daily life heroes' such as sanitation and utility workers are ensuring that our daily lives are continuing smoothly. 

11:23 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi talks to another doctor from Pune

PM Modi talks to a Pune doctor, Dr Borse. Dr Borse says, "We have discharged 7 coronavirus patients from our screening centre. Others are doing better and getting fit day by day. These people are going to be well and will get discharged soon". "We also talk to people who test negative. We tell them about home quarantine. We advise them to use masks, sanitise their hands regularly, use a handkerchief while sneezing, and that they are not supposed to go out of their homes for a limited period of 14 days". PM Modi motivates him and says that the country will win this fight because of doctors and nurses like them.

11:19 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi talks to Dr Nitish Gupta from Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a Delhi doctor, Dr Nitish Gupta, about how the staff and hospital is treating their patients. Gupta says, "We have already sent 16 patients home. We counsel them and tell them that it is nothing to be frightened of, and that you will get fine and we will send you home after tests become negative". "The patients get frightened at the start, but then when we continuously talk to them, they get fine". PM Modi motivates him to keep fighting and that the whole nation is with them.

11:14 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi talks to Agra's coronavirus patient whose whole family tested positive

PM Modi talks to Agra's Ashok Kapoor, whose whole family tested positive for coronavirus. Kapoor tells about how his two sons caught the virus, how they were treated at Delhi's Safdarjung hospital when they were admitted, and how his family fought his way through it.

11:11 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi talks to coronavirus survivor

PM Modi invites coronavirus victim Ramagampa Teja to share his experience on Mann ki Baat, has one-on-one chat with him. Teja tells PM Modi and the nation that he was initially frightened but felt reassured because of doctors and hospital staff. Teja adds that even after getting discharged from hospital he follows hygiene including washing hands

11:03 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Apologise for the discomfort: PM Modi

'I hope my country people will forgive me for my sudden decisions. I apologise for all the discomfort that you are facing, but this is the only step that we could have taken to curb the spreading of coronavirus in the country. I apologize for taking these harsh steps which have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people. I know some of you would be angry with me also. But these tough measures were needed to win this battle': PM Modi

11:02 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Can't talk anything else but COVID-19: PM Modi

"I usually talk about several things during my Mann ki Baat program but with such a situation prevailing in the country, I cannot talk about anything else," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

10:56 (IST)29 Mar 2020
PM Modi says 'Mann ki Baat' to focus on COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Saturday that his month-end program 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday will focus on the prevailing situation due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in the country.

The prime minister's month-end program 'Mann ki Baat' was broadcast on DD national, All India Radio, and his app. Akashvani will broadcast the program in regional languages right after the Hindi one finishes.

In last month's 'Mann ki Baat,' said “New India” was not prepared to work under old approaches, and in this “New India”, women were taking the lead in facing new challenges. Citing examples of women doing extraordinary work throughout the country, Modi also said “age and disability” were no longer hurdles in achieving goals.

The Prime Minister referred to women in Purnea who formed a  self-help group, and from earning meager pay from mulberry cocoons they are now making silk sarees that sell for thousands of rupees. He also gave examples of a 105-year-old woman who recently cleared ‘level 4’ examination in Kerala, a 12-year-old girl who scaled Mount Aconcagua in South America and a young man from Uttar Pradesh with physical disability who opened his own slipper manufacturing unit, to drive home his point.

PM Modi also lauded ISRO for its attempts at inspiring children to take up science. “Visitor gallery has been built in Sriharikota which can seat 10,000 people, and this can be booked online as well. I have been told that many schools are taking students to show them rocket launches…I request school principals and teachers to make use of this facility in the future as well.”

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