Favourite Film and Song
September 16, 2016
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Considering his work schedule and the travel, it is natural that Narendra Modi never really had the time to watch films. As Modi explained in an interview,  "I am generally not inclined towards movies.  But I used to watch them in my youth, out of that curiosity which only youth brings.  Even then, it was never my temperament to watch movies just for entertainment.  Instead, it was in my habit to search for lessons for life in the stories those movies told.  I recall that, once, I went with some of my teachers and friends to watch the famous Hindi movie Guide that was based on a novel by R.K. Narayan.  And, after the movie, I got into an intense debate with my friends. My argument was that the central idea in the movie was that, ultimately, everyone gets guided by his or her inner soul.  But since I was too young, my friends did not take me seriously!" The  film Guide made an impression on him for another purpose - the grim reality of drought and the visualimagery of helplessness that lack of water brings to farmers.  Later on in life, when he had the opportunity, he devoted a substantial portion of his tenure in Gujarat in promoting institutionalised mechanisms of  water conservation. It is a project which he has brought to the national level as well in his Prime Ministerial role.

As Shri Modi got immersed in work and the demands of his elected office became his first priority, the luxury of being able to watch films was no longer available to him. However, he did constantly remain in touch with the world of art and culture. Deeply valuing the contribution of our artists in our overall cultural consciousness,  Shri Modi initiated innovative ideas like the Kite Festival in Gujarat to more recently organising the Bharat Parv in the Rajpath Lawns near India Gate.

And does Modi have a favourite song? The instantaneous response is Lata Mangeskar's exhorting rendition of the song "हो पवन वेग से उड़ने वाले घोड़े......" from the film the 1961 film 'Jai Chittor'? The raw energy of Bharat Vyyas's inspiring lyrics, captured so emphatically in S.N. Tripathi's composition have long remains Modi's favourite -  "तेरे कंधों पे आज भार है मेवाड़ का, करना पड़ेगा तुझे सामना पहाड़ का....हल्दीघाटी नहीं है काम कोई खिलवाड़ का, देना जवाब वहाँ शेरों के दहाड़ का ......"

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A heart of gold cures a heart ailment
September 16, 2016
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Our youth are our pride, the people who will take our nation to newer heights of progress. It is our first and foremost duty to help our youngsters when they face any trouble or ailment.

7-year-old Vaishali from Pune belongs to a lesser-privileged family and was suffering from a hole in her heart for more than two years. Imagine the ordeal she would have had to suffer all these years!

When young Vaishali decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister seeking help for a heart ailment little did she know that the Prime Minister would not only reply to help her but also personally meet her and boost her morale.

Vaishali’s two-page letter was an emotional plea to the Prime Minister of India, to help her as his daughter so that her dream of becoming a police officer comes true.

Taking cognizance of the letter, the Prime Minister asked officials to ensure Vaishali was identified, she get access to proper medical examination and her treatment done free of cost.

Once this happened, Vaishali wrote a very touching letter to the Prime Minister and attached a drawing with the letter, to which the also Prime Minister replied.

Then, when the Prime Minister visited Pune on 25th June 2016, he personally met young Vaishali and her family. Shri Modi said that this meeting will remained etched in his memory.

The anecdote of Vaishali is just one example. Several such letters from people reach the Prime Minister and his office. Every effort is made to address the issue concerned and ensure the citizens of India face no trouble.