In his 25-minute address to the people of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his views through his second episode of his monthly radio broadcast, Mann Ki Baat that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are eagerly waiting to lead a normal life and thus the groups that are spreading disharmony would never be successful in their task, as “the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs”.
During his address, the prime minister also referred to a programme in Jammu and Kashmir called “Back to village”, where the civil servants visited the villages to look into the obstacles that curb development. The officials also interacted with the village communities to understand their burning problems. This also saw the people’s participation with a lot of enthusiasm.
“It shows how keen people of Kashmir are on joining the mainstream of development… Such programmes and people’s participation in them show that people of Kashmir want good governance. This also proves the dictum that the power of development is stronger than the might of bullets and bombs,” he said.
Back to villages programme saw government officials reached out to villagers across 4,500 panchayats. The government officials didn’t stop with that alone, they reached out to sensitive villages that lived under the shadow of cross-border firing districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag , the districts that had seen heightened militancy in recent times .
The other issue raised during the second episode of the radio broadcast is about the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) whom the PM lauded for efforts and that he shared a couple of lessons that he had learnt during the launch of Chandrayan II.
“If you ask me what the two greatest lessons I have received from Chandrayaan II, I shall say they are faith and fearlessness. We should trust our talent and capacities; we should have faith in them,” he said.
Praising our ISRO scientists on their credibility, he said that in a short span of time the scientists mended the technical snags that came as stumbling block for its successful take-off.