New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, emphasising the ‘Nation First, Always First’ mantra, that as the country enters its 75th year of independence, every citizen should lead a “Bharat Jodo Andolan” in the same way that Mahatma Gandhi led the “Bharat Chhoro Andolan.”
In his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast, he noted that India will enter its 75th year of independence on August 15, and that Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated across the country to commemorate that occasion.
According to Modi, the nation’s need is to unite and work toward national progress.
“Every Indian, just as Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) led the ‘Bharat Chhoro Andolan’ (Quit India Movement), must lead the ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan’ (Unite India Movement). It is our responsibility to do our work in such a way that it aids in the unification of our diverse country “Modi stated.
“We must move forward with Nation First, Always First,” he said.
Many programmes are being run in connection with Amrit Mahotsav, the prime minister said, adding that the Ministry of Culture has launched an initiative to have as many Indians as possible sing the national anthem together. A website, rashtragan.in, has also been created for this purpose.
“You can render and record the national anthem with the help of this website, thereby becoming involved with the campaign. I hope you will join me in supporting this novel initiative. Many such campaigns and efforts will be seen in the coming days “He stated.
The prime minister urged people to continue encouraging and supporting Indian athletes competing in the Olympics in Tokyo.
He urged people to join the ‘Victory Punch Campaign,’ which has already begun, to show their support for the Indian Olympic team on social media.
“You share your victory punch with your team and cheer for India,” Modi added.
Noting that the nation will observe Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26, the prime minister urged citizens to pay tribute to those who made our country proud in 1999.
When asked about his Mann Ki Baat programme, he stated that it promotes positivity and community.
“I am unable to take up all of the inputs I receive for Mann Ki Baat, but I do forward many of them to the appropriate government departments,” he said.
In the broadcast, he also cited a MyGov study that found that nearly 75% of those sending messages and suggestions for Mann Ki Baat are under the age of 35.
“This, in my opinion, is a very good indicator. Mann Ki Baat is a positive and sensitive medium. We talk about positive things in Mann Ki Baat; its personality is collective “He stated. PTI