Modi began his monthly radio address of Mann Ki Baat Modi by paying tributes to Lord Buddha and Prophet Mohammed ahead of the holy month of Ramadaan and Buddha Purnima.
Modi’s speech started with the remainder of the commendable achievements of the Indian players at the 21st Commonwealth Games held in Australia where 71 countries participated.
The Indian players left their mark in every field be it shooting, weightlifting, table tennis or badminton, by bagging 26 golds, 20 silvers, 20 bronzes bringing the tally to 66 medals.
It is indeed a matter of pride for the whole nation when the athletes stand on the medal stand with the Indian national anthem reverberating in the background.
We also got to hear the voices of the winner Manika Batra, Mirabai Chanu and P Gururaj, who expressed their joy on their tremendous success.
Manika Batra set the record of the first Indian woman to fetch a gold in the individual category. India also grossed the maximum number of medals in shooting.
Deepak Lather of Haryana also became the youngest Indian weightlifter to win a medal at Commonwealth Games. The whole nation watched the performance of these players with bated breath as India claimed its resounding victory at the games.
Modi also acknowledged the efforts of these athletes who came in from different corners of the country to participate in the games crossing lot of hardships and obstacles owing their success to their guardians, coaches, parents, support staff schools, teachers and friends who encouraged them on their road to victory.
In his address, Modi also accounted to his “Fit India” drive to awaken the nation with a dedicated fitness drive.
In doing so he quoted several inspiring stories of people motivated by ‘Fit India’ mission.
Room Devnath writes, “I truly feel happy & healthy through my Morning Walks. She further adds,” For me, fitness comes with a smile and we should smile when we are happy.
Devnathji, indeed, happiness is fitness, and there’s no doubt about it.
Dhawal Prajapati, sharing a photograph of himself trekking, has written; ‘For me, traveling & trekking is ‘Fit India’.
He also mentioned the significance of Yoga in the “Fit India” mission.
Prime Minister Modi also encouraged the students to participate in the Swachh Bharat Internship program 2018 sponsored by the Department of Drinking Water.
This initiative is a great opportunity for people who want to do something for their country and also a great way to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
This internship also offers rewards for students who have accomplished their tasks well at national level, who in return will be awarded credit points by the UGC.
Modi also encouraged his countrymen to watch the “Good News India” program which gives us an insight into the social work drive by many people.
He presented the example of some Delhi youths, who are known for their selfless service towards street children engaged in begging and doing menial jobs.
Talking about the progress of the farmer community, he took note of the farmers from the steep slopes of Uttarakhand region who came up with a wonderful solution to earn a profitable product to compensate their losses.
They started manufacturing biscuits made of Chaulai which grossed a profit of Rs 50/kg from the earlier market value of Rs 25/kg.
These biscuits are a great source of iron for pregnant women. The farmers have now formed a cooperative in Munar village and have been linked to the National Livelihood Mission.
Prime Minister Modi also stressed the importance of water conservation for the society as the world is heading towards a water war.
He made a special mention of the stone inscriptions in the temples of Tamil Nadu with the depiction of the irrigation system and water conservation methods accomplished by the ancient people.
One of the best examples of water conservation is Bardis of Rajasthan and Gujarat which are also famed UNESCO heritage sites, namely the Adalaj, Patan Ki Rani Ki Baodi and Chand Baodi.
A lot of water conservation activity has been undertaken under MNREGA. If we see the MNREGA budget of 2017-2018 then an average of 35000 crores has been spent under water conservation.
Seven thousand workers under MNREGA have successfully undertaken the task of reviving the Kuttumperoor river in Kerala for seventy days.
Modi also mentioned how he is influenced by the teachings of Guru Rabindranath Tagore, written in Gitanjali, “He who has the knowledge has the responsibility to impart it to the students.”
He also reminded the countrymen of the philosophy of Prophet Mohammed in this holy month of Ramzan.
This festival reminds us of the social and collective aspect of fasting and the sufferings of the hungry and poor and needy.
He also elucidated how the Prophet preached the twin principles of knowledge and compassion and how a person is considered rich because of his inherent spirituality and not material wealth.
Modi felicitated people on the pious occasion of Buddha Purnima and how Lord Buddha enlightened us towards the path of service, compassion, sacrifice, peace, and brotherhood.
He preached the principles of humanity which are the most desired in the world today.
Modi stated how Lord Buddha has been a great inspiration in Babasaheb Ambedkar’s social philosophy. Baba Saheb had said –“My Social philosophy may be said to be enshrined in three words; liberty, equality, and fraternity. My Philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. I have derived them from the teaching of my master, The Buddha.”
Buddhism also connects us to the cultures of South East Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Japan, Cambodia and Thailand.
It was 20 years back on11th May 1998 that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee motivated the nation with his inspiring words. It was also on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima on 11th May 1998, that nuclear tests were conducted in Pokhran Rajasthan.
Modi ended his speech by encouraging the countrymen to inculcate the spirit of “Jai Vigyan” preached by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in the road to build a modern, powerful and self-reliant India.
Celebrating the holy occasion of Buddha Purnima Modi sought the divine blessings of Lord Buddha to fulfil our responsibility to establish a peaceful and compassionate world based on his teachings. Jai Hind!!