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Mann ki Baat HIGHLIGHTS: Next episode in May after Lok Sabha polls, says PM Modi

Mann ki Baat HIGHLIGHTS: This is the PM's first address since the Pulwama attack on February 14 in which 40 CRPF men were killed.

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PM Narendra Modi. (File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing his monthly radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’, the first since the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF men were killed.

On Saturday,  the prime minister condemned the attacks on Kashmiris being reported from several parts of the country.

In the previous broadcast, PM Modi had appreciated the Election Commission for “relentlessly” striving to ensure the strengthening of democracy and urged the youth of the country to exercise their voting rights. Today’s broadcast is the 53rd edition of the radio programme.

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HIGHLIGHTS of PM Modi's Mann ki Baat radio address today

Modi announces that next episode of Mann Ki Baat will be in May

PM Modi announces that since he will be busy with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections for the next two months, his next address will be on the last week of the month of May. He said that this is to respect the democratic tradition of the country as he is a candidate in these elections.

PM Modi talks about the success of PM-JAY scheme on Mann Ki Baat

I want to talk to about the experience of people who benefitted from the Prime Minister Jan Aarogya Yojna (PM-JAY), a single mother who could not afford the medical treatment of her children; a man who was the sole breadwinner of his family had an accident and could not afford the medical expenses. In the past 5 months as many as 12 lakh people have benefitted from the scheme: PM Modi on Mann Ki Baat

PM Modi remembers former PM Morarji Desai

Morarji Desai led India at a time when the country's democracy was under threat. He opposed the imposing of Emergency for which he was arrested and put in jail. Later, the Janata Party won the election in 1977 and he became the Prime Minister. Desai moved the 44th constitutional amendment to revoke the amendments of the 42nd constitutional amendment which limited the powers of the Supreme Court. Desai came up with provisions which ensured that emergency could not be imposed again in the future: PM Modi

PM Modi talks about Jamsetji Tata on Mann Ki Baat

Jamsetji Tata envisioned India's future and laid its strong foundation. He was a visionary and knew that it was important to make India a hub of science, technology and industry. He envisioned the 'Tata Institute of Science' which is now called 'Indian Institute of Science' and many other international organisations: PM Modi

PM Modi paid tributes to Bhagwaan Birsa Munda

PM Modi pays tributes to Bhagwaan Birsa Munda and calls him an inspiration for the youth. He speaks about how Birsa Munda managed to create terror in the hearts of the ruling British government. Modi laments that not all stories of brave men and women who fought for the Independence of India have reached the younger generation.

We built a National War Memorial dedicated to our brave soldiers: PM Modi

"I was surprised that there was no National War Memorial in India. There must be one such memorial where we remember the contribution of our brave soldiers. We decided to build the National War Memorial and on February 25 it will dedicated to the Army and the citizens of this country," says PM Modi

Inspiring words from the kin of martyred soldiers: PM Modi

After the martyrdom of the heroic soldiers, the inspiring words of their family of the people who have come to the fore. I will request the younger generation to try to understand what they (the martyred soldiers) have shown, to know the emotion that the family is showing. What patriotism is, what is renunciation – for that we will not need to go towards old history events: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat

PM Modi talks about Pulwama attack on Mann Ki Baat

I salute all our brave soldiers who laid down their lives to protect our Motherland. Our armed forces have always displayed their unparalleled courage and strength. On one hand they have shown measures to establish peace, while on the other hand, they have acted against the attackers by giving them a befitting reply. You must have seen how the steps that have been taken within 100 hours of the Pulwama attack. The Army has now taken the resolve to destroy terrorists and their patrons: PM Modi on Pulwama attack.

PM Modi in his address talks about the Pulwama attack and the heroism of the martyred soldiers

In the wake of Pulwama terror attack, after the martyrdom of heroic youths, people across the country, and people's minds are traumatized and resentful. I bow down to all the mighty people of the country who have been able to surrender their soul. This martyrdom will continually inspire us to destroy the terror, strengthen our resolve: PM Modi on Pulwama attack in Mann Ki Baat

In his last address, Modi said “voting is our sacred duty” and one should feel pain on failing to cast vote. He also hailed the role of the Election Commission and said that it was “natural for every citizen to feel proud” for its “meticulous organising abilities”.

He spoke about  the recent Khelo India games, he said only when the “local ecosystem” strengthens, the youth will be able to perform their best. “The building of new India does not only involve contribution from the denizens of big cities but also from the youth, children, young sports talents hailing from small cities, towns and villages,” he said.