Updated: August 29, 2021 12:46:27 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing to the nation during the 80th edition of his Mann Ki Baat monthly radio programme, said every medal that India won during the Tokyo Olympics was extremely special and the momentum that India has gained in the field of sports cannot stop.
While paying tribute to Major Dhyan Chand, Modi added, “India may not have won that many medals in Olympics, but today’s youth is exploring opportunities related to sports. We cannot let this momentum stop. Let’s make this momentum permanent in all walks of life.”
He further stated that sporting tournaments should be held regularly across all villages and cities to promote the culture. “Our fields should be full of people competing,” Modi said. “It is only through everyone’s contribution that India can attain great heights.”
Reiterating the Centre’s commitment towards the Swachh Bharat initiative, the Prime Minister hailed Indore for retaining the top position in India’s ‘Swachhata’ ranking for the last few years. “Now, the people of Indore have resolved to make their city a ‘Water Plus City’. In our country, cleanliness will improve with the number of ‘Water Plus’ cities,” Modi added.
While explaining the importance of Sanskrit, Modi said that the language helps strengthen cultural ties between nations. “Sanskrit is a language of unity…it is taught across the world from Ireland to Thailand, from Russia to Sydney,” he added.
PM Modi also lauded young Indian entrepreneurs’ entry in the field of space. “There are so many college and university students, and those in the private sector who are laying the foundation for the new developments in space that will take place in the future,” he said.
During the last edition, PM Modi had asked people to lead a ‘Bharat jodo andolan’ (unite India movement), saying it is the duty of every Indian to bind the country that is filled with diversity. He had also asked people to buy and popularise khadi products saying it benefits the weaving community.
Arguing that handloom is a major source of income for lakhs of weavers and craftsmen in the rural and tribal regions, he asked people to purchase handloom products. “Even small efforts on your part will give rise to a new hope in weavers. Do purchase something or the other…. It is only on account of your efforts that today, the sale of Khadi has risen manifold.”