New Delhi, Nov 25 (IECurrentAffairs) Thanking people for active participation in his monthly radio broadcast programme Mann-Ki-Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the show was about people and not politics.
Speaking in the 50th edition of his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’ through All India Radio, the PM said the initiative has able to generate a sense of positive feeling among the people.
”When Mann ki Baat began, I decided that politics will not be a part of it. It’ll neither have the praises of the government nor my name. I got the inspiration and strength to stay true to my resolution from all of you.
Mann Ki Baat is about people, not politics.In Mann-Ki-Baat the voice may be mine, but the emotions and spirit are of the common people. All suggestions and comments made through this platform have been very close to me,” the Prime Minister said .
He also thanked the media for playing Mann Ki Baat on their channels on a regular basis.
“I thank the media for playing Mann Ki Baat on their channels on a regular basis. No political person is ever happy with the media, they think they don’t get enough coverage or get negative coverage, however, the media has made the issues raised in programme their own,” the Prime minister said.
Sharing with people how the idea of a programme like ‘Mann Ki Baat’ came about, the PM said,”in
1998, I was working in Himachal Pradesh as a worker of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It was May and I was going to travel to another location in the evening. It was a cold evening in the hills of Himachal, and I stopped for tea on a dhaba (small eatery) on the way. There was only one person managing the stall and selling tea.
The person on the stall took out a ladoo (a sweet) and asked him to have it first, before the tea. I was surprised and asked him what is the occasion, did someone get married? He said no, don’t you know?
The man turned on a radio and then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was heard saying that it was the day India conducted its atomic test. I was surprised that in a secluded terrain of this forest, between the icy hills, someone doing his daily job listens to the radio which creates so much impact on his mind. Since then, there was a point in my mind that radio is linked to the masses and has a lot of power.”
The radio broadcast – that comes every last Sunday of every month was started in October 2014 and completes 50 episodes on Sunday.
The PM expressed satisfaction that the success of the radio broadcast has been such that many programmes and schemes highlighted through Mann-Ki-Baat have become part of social movements.
In this context, he made reference to the ‘SelfieWithDaughter’ initiative.