PM Modi’s first address to the Nation on Radio

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मेरे प्यारे देशवासियो,

आज विजयदशमी का पावन पर्व है। आप सबको विजयदशमी की अनेक- अनेक शुभकामनाएं।

मैं आज रेडियो के माध्यम से आपसे कुछ मन की बाते बताना चाहता हूं और मेरे मन में तो ऐसा है कि सिर्फ आज नहीं कि बातचीत का अपना क्रम आगे भी चलता रहे। मैं कोशिश करूंगा, हो सके तो महीने में दो बार या तो महीने में एक बार समय निकाल कर के आपसे बाते करूं। आगे चलकर के मैंने मन में यह भी सोचा है कि जब भी बात करूंगा तो रविवार होगा और समय प्रात: 11 बजे का होगा तो आपको भी सुविधा रहेगी और मुझे भी ये संतोष होगा कि मैं मेरे मन की बात आपके मन तक पहुंचाने में सफल हुआ हूं।

आज जो विजयदशमी का पर्व मनाते हैं ये विजयदशमी का पर्व बुराइयों पर अच्छाइयों की विजय का पर्व है। लेकिन एक श्रीमान गणेश वेंकटादरी मुंबई के सज्जन, उन्हों ने मुझे एक मेल भेजा,  उन्होंने कहा कि विजयदशमी में हम अपने भीतर की दस बुराइयों को खत्म करने का संकल्प करें। मैं उनके इस सुझाव के लिए उनका आभार व्यक्त करता हूं। हर कोई जरूर सोचता होगा अपने-अपने भीतर की जितनी ज्यादा बुराइयों को पराजय करके विजय प्राप्त करे, लेकिन राष्ट्र  के रूप में मुझे लगता है कि आओ विजयदशमी के पावन पर्व पर हम सब गंदगी से मुक्ति का संकल्प करें और गंदगी को खत्म  कर कर के विजय प्राप्त करना विजयदशमी के पर्व पर हम ये संकल्प कर सकते हैं।

कल 2 अक्टूबर पर महात्मा गांधी की जन्म जयंती पर “स्वच्छ‍भारत” का अभियान सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों ने आरंभ किया है। मुझे विश्वास है कि आप सब इसको आगे बढ़ाएंगे। मैंने कल एक बात कही थी “स्वच्छ  भारत अभियान” में कि मैं नौ लोगों को निमंत्रित करूंगा और वे खुद सफाई करते हुए अपने वीडियो को सोशल मीडिया में अपलोड करेंगे और वे ‘और’ नौ लोगों को निमंत्रित करेंगे। आप भी इसमें जुडि़ए, आप सफाई कीजिए, आप जिन नौ लोगों का आह्वान करना चाहते हैं, उनको कीजिए, वे भी सफाई करें, आपके साथी मित्रों को कहिए, बहुत ऊपर जाने की जरूरत नहीं, और नौ लोगों को कहें, फिर वो और नौ लोगों को कहें, धीरे-धीरे पूरे देश में ये माहौल बन जाएगा। मैं विश्वास करता हूं कि इस काम को आप आगे बढ़ायेंगे।

हम जब महात्मा गांधी की बात करते हैं, तो खादी की बात बहुत स्वाभाविक ध्यान में आती है। आपके परिवार में अनेक प्रकार के वस्त्र  होंगे, अनेक प्रकार के वस्त्र होंगे, अनेक प्रकार के  फैब्रिक्स होंगे, अनेक कंपनियों के productsहोंगे, क्या उसमें एक खादी का नहीं हो सकता क्या,  मैं अपको खादीधारी बनने के लिए नहीं कह रहा, आप पूर्ण खादीधारी होने का व्रत करें, ये भी नहीं कह रहा। मैं सिर्फ इतना कहता हूं कि कम से कम एक चीज, भले ही वह हैंडकरचीफ,  भले घर में नहाने का तौलिया हो, भले हो सकता है बैडशीट हो, तकिए का कबर हो, पर्दा हो, कुछ तो भी हो, अगर परिवार में हर प्रकार के फैब्रिक्स का शौक है,  हर प्रकार के कपड़ों का शौक है, तो ये नियमित होना चाहिए और ये मैं इसलिए कह रहा हूं कि अगर आप खादी का वस्त्र खरीदते हैं तो एक गरीब के घर में दीवाली का दीया जलता है और इसीलिए एकाध चीज ... और इन दिनों तो 2 अक्टूबर से लेकर करीब महीने भर खादी के बाजार में स्पेशल डिस्काउंट होता है, उसका फायदा भी उठा सकते हैं। एक छोटी चीज…… और आग्रहपूर्वक इसको करिए और आप देखिए गरीब के साथ आपका कैसा जुड़ाव आता है। उस पर आपको कैसी सफलता मिलती है। मैं जब कहता हूं सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी अब तक क्या हुआ है.... हमको लगता है सब कुछ सरकार करेगी और हम कहां रह गए,  हमने देखा है .... अगर आगे बढ़ना है तो सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों को...करना पड़ेगा ….. हमें खुद को पहचानना पड़ेगा, अपनी शक्ति को जानना पड़ेगा और मैं सच बताता हूं हम विश्व में अजोड़ लोग हैं। आप जानते हैं हमारे ही वैज्ञानिकों ने कम से कम खर्च में मार्स पहुंचने का सफल प्रयोग, सफलता पूर्वक पर कर दिया। हमारी ताकत में कमी नहीं है, सिर्फ हम  अपनी शक्ति को भूल चुके हैं। अपने आपको भूल चुके हैं। हम जैसे निराश्रित बन गए हैं.. नहीं मेरे प्यारे भइयों बहनों ऐसा नहीं हो सकता। मूझे स्वामी विवेकानन्द जी जो एक बात कहते थे, वो बराबर याद आती है। स्वामी वि‍वेकानन्द  अक्सर एक बात हमेशा बताया करते थे। शायद ये बात उन्होंने कई बार लोगों को सुनाई होगी।

विवेकानन्द जी कहते थे कि एक बार एक शेरनी अपने दो छोटे-छोटे बच्चों को ले कर के रास्ते से गुजर रही थी। दूर से उसने भेड़ का झुंड देखा,  तो शिकार करने का मन कर गया,  तो शेरनी उस तरफ दौड़ पड़ी और उसके साथ उसका एक बच्चा भी दौड़ने लगा। उसका दूसरा बच्चा  पीछे छूट गया और शेरनी भेड़ का शिकार करती हुई आगे बढ़ गई। एक बच्चा भी चला गया, लेकिन एक बच्चा बिछड़ गया, जो बच्चा बिछड़ गया उसको एक माता भेड़ ने उसको पाला-पोसा बड़ा किया और वो शेर भेड़ के बीच में ही बड़ा होने लगा। उसकी बोलचाल, आदतें सारी भेड़ की जैसी हो गईं। उसका हंसना खेलना,  बैठना,  सब भेड़ के साथ ही हो गया। एक बार, वो जो शेरनी के साथ बच्चा चला गया था, वो अब बड़ा हो गया था। उसने उसको एक बार देखा ये क्या बात है। ये तो शेर है और भेड़ के साथ खेल रहा है। भेड़ की तरह बोल रहा है। क्या‍हो गया है इसको। तो शेर को थोड़ा अपना अहम पर ही संकट आ गया। वो इसके पास गया। वो कहने लगा अरे तुम क्या कर रहे हो। तुम तो शेर हो। कहता- नहीं, मैं तो भेड़ हूं। मैं तो इन्हीं के बीच पला-बढ़ा हूं। उन्होंने मुझे बड़ा किया है। मेरी आवाज देखिए, मेरी बातचीत का तरीका देखिए। तो शेर ने कहा कि चलो मैं दिखाता हूं तुम कौन हो। उसको एक कुएं के पास ले गया और कुएं में पानी के अंदर उसका चेहरा दिखाया और खुद के चेहरे के साथ उसको कहा- देखो, हम दोनों का चेहरा एक है। मैं भी शेर हूं, तुम भी शेर हो और जैसे ही उसके भीतर से आत्मसम्मान जगा, उसकी अपनी पहचान हुई तो वो भी उस शेर की तरह,  भेड़ों के बीच पला शेर भी दहाड़ने लगा। उसके भीतर का सत्व जग गया। स्वामी विवेकानंद जी यही कहते थे। मेरे देशवासियों, सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों के भीतर अपार शक्ति है, अपार सामर्थ्य है। हमें अपने आपको पहचानने की जरूरत है। हमारे भीतर की ताकत को पहचानने की जरूरत है और फिर जैसा स्वामी विवेकानंदजी ने कहा था उस आत्म-सम्मान को ले करके, अपनी सही पहचान को ले करके हम चल पड़ेंगे, तो विजयी होंगे और हमारा राष्ट्र भी विजयी होगा, सफल होगा। मुझे लगता है हमारे सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी भी सामर्थ्यवान हैं, शक्तिवान हैं और हम भी बहुत विश्वास के साथ खड़े हो सकते हैं।

इन दिनों मुझे ई-मेल के द्वारा सोशल मीडिया के द्वारा, फेस-बुक के द्वारा कई मित्र मुझे चिट्ठी लिखते हैं। एक गौतम पाल करके व्यक्ति ने एक चिंता जताई है, उसने कहा है कि जो स्पैशली एबल्ड चाईल्ड होते हैं, उन बालकों के लिए नगरपालिका हो, महानगरपालिका, पंचायत हो, उसमें कोई न कोई विशेष योजनाएं होती रहनी चाहिएं। उनका हौसला बुलन्द करना चाहिए। मुझे उनका ये सुझाव अच्छा लगा क्यों कि मेरा अपना अनुभव है कि जब मैं गुजरात में मुख्यामंत्री था तो 2011 में एथेन्स में जो स्पेशल ओलम्पिक होता है, उसमें जब गुजरात के बच्चे गये और विजयी होकर आये तो मैंने उन सब बच्चों  को, स्पेशली एबल्ड बच्चों  को मैंने घर बुलाया। मैंने दो घंटे उनके साथ बिताये, शायद वो मेरे जीवन का बहुत ही इमोशनल,  बड़ा प्रेरक, वो घटना थी। क्योंकि मैं मानता हूं कि किसी परिवार में स्पेशली एबल्ड बालक है तो सिर्फ उनके मां-बाप का दायित्व नहीं है। ये पूरे समाज का दायित्व है। परमात्मा ने शायद उस परिवार को पसंद किया है, लेकिन वो बालक तो सारे राष्ट्र् की जिम्मेसदारी होता है। बाद में इतना मैं इमोशनली टच हो गया था कि मैं गुजरात में स्पे‍शली एबल्ड  बच्चों  के लिए अलग ओलम्पिक करता था। हजारों बालक आते थे, उनके मां-बाप आते थे। मैं खुद जाता था। ऐसा एक विश्वास का वातावरण पैदा होता था और इसलिए मैं गौतम पाल के सुझाव, जो उन्होंने दिया है,  इसके लिये मैं, मुझे अच्छा लगा और मेरा मन कर गया कि मैं मुझे जो ये सुझाव आया है मैं आपके साथ शेयर करूं।

     एक कथा मुझे और भी ध्यान आती है। एक बार एक राहगीर रास्ते के किनारे पर बैठा था और आते-आते सबको पूछ रहा था मुझे वहाँ पहुंचना है, रास्ता  कहा है। पहले को पूछा, दूसरे को पूछा, चौथे को पूछा। सबको पूछता ही रहता था और उसके बगल में एक सज्जन बेठे थे। वो सारा देख रहे थे। बाद में खड़ा हुआ। खड़ा होकर किसी को पूछने लगा, तो वो सज्जन खड़े हो करके उनके पास आये। उसने कहा – देखो भाई, तुमको जहां जाना है न, उसका रास्ता इस तरफ से जाता है। तो उस राहगीर ने उसको पूछा कि भाई साहब आप इतनी देर से मेरे बगल में बेठे हो, मैं इतने लोगों को रास्ता पूछ रहा हूं,  कोई मुझे बता नहीं रहा है। आपको पता था तो आप क्यों  नहीं बताते थे। बोले, मुझे भरोसा नहीं था कि तुम सचमुच में चलकर के जाना चाहते हो या नहीं चाहते हो। या ऐसे ही जानकारी के लिए पूछते रहते हो। लेकिन जब तुम खड़े हो गये तो मेरा मन कर गया कि हां अब तो इस आदमी को जाना है, पक्का  लगता है। तब जा करके मुझे लगा कि मुझे आपको रास्ता दिखाना चाहिए।

     मेरे देशवासियों, जब तक हम चलने का संकल्प  नहीं करते, हम खुद खड़े नहीं होते, तब रास्ता दिखाने वाले भी नहीं मिलेंगे। हमें उंगली पकड़ कर चलाने वाले नहीं मिलेंगे। चलने की शुरूआत हमें करनी पड़ेगी और मुझे विशवास है कि सवा सौ करोड़ जरूर चलने के लिए सामर्थ्यवान है, चलते रहेंगे।

     कुछ दिनों से मेरे पास जो अनेक सुझाव आते हैं,  बड़े इण्टरेस्टिंग सुझाव लोग भेजते हैं। मैं जानता हूं कब कैसे कर पायेंगे, लेकिन मैं इन सुझावों के लिए भी एक सक्रियता जो है न,  देश हम सबका है,  सरकार का देश थोड़े न है। नागरिकों का देश है। नागरिकों का जुड़ना बहुत जरूरी है। मुझे कुछ लोगों ने कहा है कि जब वो लघु उद्योग शुरू करते हैं तो उसकी पंजीकरण जो प्रक्रिया है वो आसान होनी चाहिए। मैं जरूर सरकार को उसके लिए सूचित करूंगा। कुछ लोगों ने मुझे लिख करके भेजा है – बच्चों को पांचवीं कक्षा से ही स्किल डेवलेपमेंट सिखाना चाहिए। ताकि वो पढ़ते ही पढ़ते ही कोई न कोई अपना हुनर सीख लें, कारीगरी सीख लें। बहुत ही अच्छा सुझाव उन्होंने दिया है। उन्होंहने ये भी कहा है कि युवकों को भी स्किल डेवलेपमेंट होना चाहिए उनकी पढ़ाई के अंदर। किसी ने मुझे लिखा है कि हर सौ मीटर के अंदर डस्ट बीन होना चाहिए, सफाई की व्यनवस्था  करनी है तो।

कुछ लोगों ने मुझे लिख करके भेजा है कि पॉलीथिन के पैक पर प्रतिबंध लगना चाहिए। ढेर सारे सुझाव लोग मुझे भेज रहे हैं। मैं आगे से ही आपको कहता हूं अगर आप मुझे कहीं पर भी कोई सत्य घटना भेजेंगे,  जो सकारात्मरक हो, जो मुझे भी प्रेरणा दे,  देशवासियों को प्रेरणा दे, अगर ऐसी सत्य घटनाएं सबूत के साथ मुझे भेजोगे तो मैं जरूर जब मन की बात करूंगा, जो चीज मेरे मन को छू गयी है वो बातें मैं जरूर देशवासियों तक पहुंचाऊंगा।

ये सारा मेरा बातचीत करने का इरादा एक ही है – आओ, हम सब मिल करके अपनी भारत माता की सेवा करें। हम देश को नयी ऊंचाइयों पर ले जायें। हर कोई एक कदम चले, अगर आप एक कदम चलते हैं, देश सवा सौ करोड़ कदम आगे चला जाता है और इसी काम के लिए आज विजयदशमी के पावन पर्व पर अपने भीतर की सभी बुराइयों को परास्त करके विजयी होने के संकल्पर के साथ, कुछ अच्छा करने का निर्णय करने के साथ हम सब प्रारंभ करें। आज मेरी शुभ शुरूआत है। जैसा जैसा मन में आता जायेगा, भविष्य में जरूर आपसे बातें करता रहूंगा। आज जो बातें मेरे मन में आईं वो बातें मैंने आपको कही है। फिर जब मिलूंगा, रविवार को मिलूंगा। सुबह 11 बजे मिलूंगा लेकिन मुझे विश्वास है कि हमारी यात्रा बनी रहेगी, आपका प्यार बना रहेगा।

आप भी मेरी बात सुनने के बाद अगर मुझे कुछ कहना चाहते हैं,  जरूर मुझें पहुंचा दीजिये, मुझे अच्छा  लगेगा। मुझे बहुत अच्छा  लगा आज आप सबसे बातें कर के‍और रेडियो का....ऐसा सरल माध्यम है कि मैं दूर-दूर तक पहुंच पाऊंगा। गरीब से गरीब घर तक पहुंच जाऊंगा,  क्योंकि मेरा,  मेरे देश की ताकत गरीब की झोंपडी में है,  मेरे देश की ताकत गांव में है, मेरे देश की ताकत माताओं,  बहनों, नौजवानों में है, मेरी देश की ताकत किसानों में है। आपके भरोसे से ही देश आगे बढ़ेगा। मैं विश्वास व्यक्त  करता हूं। आपकी शक्ति में भरोसा है इसलिए मुझे भारत के भविष्य में भरोसा है।

मैं एक बार आप सबको बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद देता हूं। आपने समय निकाला। फिर एक बार बहुत-बहुत धन्यववाद!

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A task force has been formed, which will monitor the cheetahs and see how they are adapting to the environment: PM Modi
Deendayal ji's 'Ekatma Manavdarshan' is such an idea, which in the realm of ideology gives freedom from conflict and prejudice: PM Modi
It has been decided that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh: PM Modi
A lot of emphasis has been given in the National Education Policy to maintain a fixed standard for Sign Language: PM Modi
The world has accepted that yoga is very effective for physical and mental wellness: PM Modi
Litter on our beaches is disturbing, our responsibility to keep coastal areas clean: PM Modi
Break all records this time to buy Khadi, handloom products: PM Modi
Use locally made non-plastic bags; trend of jute, cotton, banana fibre bags is on the rise once again: PM Modi

My dear countrymen, Namaskar!

The topic that grabbed our attention in the last few days is the Cheetah. There have been a lot of messages to talk about cheetahs. Be it Arun Kumar Gupta of Uttar Pradesh or N. Ramachandran Raghuram ji of Telangana, be it Rajan ji of Gujarat or Subrata ji of Delhi, people from all corners of the country have expressed happiness over the return of cheetahs to India. 130 crore Indians are happy, full of pride; this is India's love for nature. A common question posed by people about this is “Modi ji, when will we get an opportunity to see the cheetahs?”

Friends, a task force have been formed. This task force will monitor the cheetahs and see how much they have been able to adapt to the environment here. On this basis a decision will be taken after a few months and then you will be able to see the cheetahs. But till then I am assigning some work to all of you. For this, a competition will be organized on the MyGov platform, in which I urge people to share certain things. What should be the name of the campaign that we are running on cheetahs? Can we even think of naming all these cheetahs…. by what name should each of them be called? By the way, if this naming is of traditional nature, then it will be very nice since, anything related to our society and culture, tradition and heritage, draws us easily. Not only that, you should also share how humans should behave with animals! Even in our fundamental duties, emphasis has been laid on Respect for Animals. I appeal to all of you to participate in this competition. Who knows…you may be the first to get an opportunity to see a cheetah as a reward!

My dear countrymen, today the 25th of September is celebrated as the birthday of Deendayal Upadhyay ji, the brilliant humanist, thinker and great son of the country. The more the youth of any country take pride in their identity and honour, the more their original ideas and philosophies attract them. The biggest feature of Deendayal ji's thoughts is that in his lifetime, he had seen the great upheavals of the world. He had become a witness to the struggles of ideologies. That is why, he put forward an idea of 'Ekatma Manavdarshan' and 'Antyodaya' before the country which was completely Indian. Deendayal ji's 'Ekatma Manavdarshan' is such an idea, which in the realm of ideology gives freedom from conflict and prejudice. He again put forth to the world, the Indian philosophy which considers human beings equal. It has been said in our scriptures – 'Atmavat Sarvabhuteshu', that is, we should treat living beings akin to us and similarly treat them such. Deendayal ji taught us how Indian philosophy can guide the world even in the modern, social and political perspective. In a way, he awakened our intellectual consciousness by freeing us from the inferiority complex that prevailed in the country after independence. He also used to say - 'Our freedom can be meaningful only when it expresses our culture and identity'. On the basis of this idea, he had created a vision for the development of the country. Deendayal Upadhyay ji used to say that the measure of the progress of the country is the person at the lowest step. In the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the more we know Deendayal ji, the more we learn from him, the more we will get inspiration to take the country forward.

My dear countrymen, three days later, that is, on the 28th of September, is a special day of Amrit Mahotsav. On this day we will celebrate the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh ji, the brave son of Mother India. Just before the birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, an important decision has been taken as a tribute to him. It has been decided that the Chandigarh airport will now be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh. It had been in the waiting for a long time. I congratulate the people of Chandigarh, Punjab, and Haryana and of the entire country for this decision.
Friends, let us take inspiration from our freedom fighters, following their ideals and build the India of their dreams… this is our tribute to them. The memorials of martyrs, the names of places and institutions named after them inspire us with a sense of duty. Just a few days ago, the country has made a similar effort by setting up the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on Kartavya Path and now the name of Chandigarh Airport after Shaheed Bhagat Singh is another step in that direction. I wish, the way in which we are celebrating special occasions related to freedom fighters during the Amrit Mahotsav, in the same way every youth must try something new on the 28th of September.

By the way, my dear countrymen, all of you have another reason to celebrate the 28th of September. Do you know what it is? I will say only two words and I know your enthusiasm will increase fourfold.
These two words are - Surgical Strike!
Hasn’t the Josh risen!! Let us celebrate the campaign of the ongoing Amrit Mahotsav in our country with full enthusiasm, sharing our happiness with everyone.

My dear countrymen, it is said - no obstacle can stand in the way of a person who has been forged by the struggles of life. In our everyday life, we also see some friends who are coping with some physical challenge or the other. There are many people who are either unable to hear, or are unable to express themselves through speech. The biggest support for such friends is Sign Language. But a big problem in India for years was that there were no clear gestures, no standards for Sign Language. To overcome these difficulties, the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center was established in the year 2015. I am happy that this institution has thus far prepared a dictionary comprising ten thousand words and expressions. Two days ago i.e. on the 23rd of September, on the Sign Language Day, many school courses have also been launched in Sign Language. A lot of emphasis has also been given in the National Education Policy to maintain a fixed standard for Sign Language. It is being further disseminated, even by making videos of the dictionary of Sign Language. On YouTube, many people, many institutions, have started their channels in Indian Sign Language, that is, the campaign that started in the country about Sign Language 7-8 years ago, is benefitting millions of my specially-abled brothers and sisters now. Pooja ji, who hails from Haryana, is very happy with the Indian Sign Language. Earlier she was not able to communicate with her son, but after going through Sign Language training in 2018, the lives of both mother and son have become easier. Pooja ji's son also learned Sign Language and in his school he won a prize in storytelling as well. Similarly, Tinkaji has a six-year-old daughter who cannot hear. Tinkaji had made her daughter undergo a Sign Language course but she herself did not know Sign Language, and hence she could not communicate with her daughter. Now Tinkaji has also undergone sign language training and thus both mother and daughter now converse a lot among themselves. Manju ji of Kerala has also benefited a lot from these efforts. Manju ji is not able to hear since birth. Not only that, this has been the situation in the lives of her parents as well. In such a situation, sign language has become a means of communication for the whole family. Now Manju ji herself has decided to become a Sign Language teacher.

Friends, I am also discussing about this in 'Mann Ki Baat' so that the awareness about Indian Sign Language increases. With this, we will be able to help our specially-abled friends more and more. Brothers and sisters, a few days ago, I got a copy of the Hemkosh too written in Braille. Hemkosh is one of the oldest dictionaries of Assamese language. It was prepared in the 19th century. It was edited by eminent linguist Hemchandra Barua ji. The Braille Edition of Hemkosh is around 10,000 pages long and is going to be published in more than 15 volumes. In this, more than 1 lakh words have to be translated. I greatly appreciate this sensitive effort. Every such effort goes a long way in increasing the skill and capability of our specially-abled friends. Today India is also raising the flag of success in Para Sports. We have all been witness to this in many tournaments. Today there are many people who are engaged in promoting the fitness culture among the specially-abled at the grassroots level. This imparts a lot of strength to the self-confidence of the specially-abled.

My dear countrymen, a few days ago, I just met a girl from Surat, Anvi. My meeting with Anvi and Anvi's yoga has been so memorable that I want to tell all the listeners of 'Mann Ki Baat' about it. Friends, Anvi is afflicted with Down’s Syndrome since birth and she has also been battling with serious heart disease since childhood. She also had to undergo open heart surgery when she was only three months old. Despite all these difficulties, neither Anvi, nor her parents ever gave up. Anvi's parents gathered all the information about Down’s syndrome and then decided on the way to reduce Anvi's dependence on others. They started teaching Anvi how to lift a glass of water, how to tie shoe laces, how to button clothes; small things such as those. What the appropriate place of things is, what the good habits are, they tried to teach Anvi all this with a lot of patience. The way daughter Anvi showed her will to learn, displayed her talent, her parents also got a lot of encouragement. They inspired Anvi to learn yoga. The problem was so serious, that Anvi could not even stand on her own two feet…In such a situation, her parents inspired Anvi to learn yoga. When she went to the Yoga coach for the first time, the coach too was in a dilemma whether this innocent girl would be able to do yoga! But even the coach probably had no idea of what stuff Anvi was made of. She started practicing yoga with her mother and now she has become an expert in yoga. Today Anvi participates in competitions across the country and wins medals. Yoga gave a new life to Anvi. Anvi assimilated yoga and imbibed life. Anvi's parents told me that yoga has brought amazing changes in Anvi's life… Now her self-confidence has become remarkable. Yoga has also improved Anvi's physical health and the need for medicines is also lessening. I would like that the listeners of 'Mann Ki Baat' in the country and abroad do a scientific study of the benefits of yoga to Anvi. I think Anvi is a good case study, for those who want to test the power of yoga. Such scientists should come forward with studies based on Anvi’s success and introduce the world to the power of yoga. Any such research could be of great help to children afflicted with Down’s syndrome around the world. Now, the world has accepted that yoga is very effective for physical and mental wellness. Especially in problems related to diabetes and blood pressure, yoga helps a lot. In view of such power of yoga, the United Nations had decided to celebrate the International Yoga Day on the 21st of June. Now, United Nations has recognized and honored another effort of India. This is an effort, started in the year 2017 – the “India Hypertension Control Initiative”. Under this, lakhs of people suffering from blood pressure problems are being treated in government wellness centers. The way this initiative has attracted the attention of international organizations is unprecedented. It is a matter of encouragement for all of us that out of those who have been treated, about half of them are having their blood pressure under control. I congratulate all the people working for this initiative, who made it a success with their untiring hard work.

Friends, the evolutionary journey of human life has been continuously connected with water - be it seas, rivers or ponds. India is also fortunate that due to the long coastline of more than seven and a half thousand kilometers (7500 km), our bond with the sea has remained unbroken. This coastal border passes through many states and islands. India's culture, full of different communities and diversity can be seen flourishing here. Not only that, the cuisine of these coastal areas attracts a lot of people. But along with these interesting things, there is also a sad side. These coastal areas of ours are facing many environmental challenges. Climate Change remains a major threat to Marine Eco-Systems. On the other hand, the litter spread on our beaches is disturbing. It becomes our responsibility to make serious and continuous efforts for these challenges. Here I would like to talk about an effort of Coastal Cleaning in the coastal areas of the country 'Swachh Sagar - Surakshit Sagar'. This campaign, which started on the 5th of July culminated on the 17thof September, the day of Vishwakarma Jayanti. This day was also Coastal Clean Up Day. This campaign which started in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav lasted for 75 days. Public participation in this was a sight to behold. During this effort, many cleanliness related programs were seen for the entire two and a half months. A long human chain was made in Goa. During the Ganpati immersion in Kakinada, people were told about the harm caused by plastic. About 5000 young friends from the NSS collected more than 30 tonnes of plastic. Within three days in Odisha, more than 20 thousand school students took a pledge that they would inspire their family and people along with them as well, for the Swachh Sagar – Surakshit Sagar initiative. I would like to congratulate all the people who took part in this campaign.

When I interact with Elected Officials, especially the mayors of cities and sarpanches of villages, I urge them to include Local Communities and Local Organizations in efforts like cleanliness as well as adopt innovative methods.

There is a team in Bangalore - Youth for Parivartan. For the last eight years, this team has been working on cleanliness and other community activities. Their motto is very clear – 'Stop Complaining, Start Acting'. This team has so far beautified more than 370 places across the city. The campaign of Youth for Parivartan has connected 100 to 150 (150) citizens at every place. Every Sunday this program starts in the morning and continues till noon. In this task, not only is the garbage lifted, the work of painting the walls and making artistic sketches is also done. At many places, you can also see sketches of famous people and inspirational quotes by them. Following upon the efforts of Youth For Parivartan of Bangalore, I would also like to tell you about the 'Kabaad se Jugaad' campaign of Meerut. This campaign is related to the protection of the environment as well as the beautification of the city. The special thing about this campaign is that, in this, waste such as iron scrap, plastic waste, old tires and drums are used. This campaign is also an example of how to beautify public places at a low cost. I appreciate all the people involved in this campaign from the core of my heart.

My dear countrymen, at this time there is a festive spirit all around the country. Tomorrow is the first day of Navaratri. In this, we will worship the first avatar of Goddess 'Maa Shailputri'. From here, there will be nine days of self discipline, restraint and fasting, then there will also be the festival of Vijayadashami. That is, if we look at it in a way, we will find that along with faith and spirituality, how a profound message is hidden in our festivals. The attainment of ‘Siddhi’ through discipline and restraint, and then the festival of victory, that’s the way to achieve any goal in life. After Dussehra, the festival of Dhanteras and Diwali will follow.

Friends, during the past years, a new resolution of the country has also been associated with our festivals. You all know, this is the resolution of 'Vocal for Local'. We now include our local artisans, craftsmen and traders in the joy of festivals. On the occasion of Bapu's birth anniversary on the 2nd of October, we have to take a pledge to intensify this campaign. Khadi, handloom, handicrafts…along with all these products, you must buy local goods. After all, the true joy of this festival is also when everyone becomes a part of it. Therefore, people associated with the work of local products also have to be supported by us. A good way is to include these type of products in whatever gifts we give during the festival.

At this time, this campaign is also special because during the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are also onwards with the goal of a self-reliant India. Which, in the real sense, will be a true tribute to the freedom fighters. That's why I request you to break all the records this time to buy these products of Khadi, handloom or handicrafts. We have seen that polythene bags are also being used a lot for packing and packaging during festivals. The harmful litter of polythene on the festivals observing cleanliness is also against the spirit of our festivals. Therefore, we should use only locally made non-plastic bags. The trend of jute, cotton, banana fibre, many such traditional bags is on the rise once again. It is our duty to promote them on the occasion of festivals, and take care of our health and environment along with cleanliness.

My dear countrymen, it is said in our scriptures –
'Parhit Saris Dharam Nahi Bhai'
That is, there is no other Dharma like doing good to others, serving others, doing charity. Recently, in the country, another glimpse of this spirit of social service was seen. You must have also seen that people are coming forward and are adopting one TB patient or the other, taking the lead in ensuring a nutritious diet. Actually, it is a part of the TB Free India campaign, whose basis is public participation; a sense of duty. It is possible to cure TB with the right nutrition, with the right medicines at the right time. I believe that with this power of public participation, India will definitely be free from TB by the year 2025.

Friends, I have also come to know such an example from the Union Territories of Dadra-Nagar Haveli and Daman-Diu, which touches the heart. Jinu Rawatiya ji, who lives in a tribal area here, has written that under the ongoing village adoption program, students of the medical college have adopted 50 villages. It also includes the village of Jinu Ji. These medical students make the people of the village aware to avoid illness, also help in the recuperation, and also impart information about the schemes of the government. This spirit of philanthropy has brought new joy in the lives of the people living in the villages. I congratulate all the students of the medical college for this endeavor.

Friends,a variety of new topics are being discussed in 'Mann Ki Baat'. Many times, through this program, we get an opportunity to delve into the depth of some old subjects. Last month in 'Mann Ki Baat', I discussed about coarse cereals, and celebrating the year 2023 as 'International Millet Year'. People are very curious about this topic. I have received many such letters in which people have written how they have made millets a part of their daily diet. Some people have also referred to traditional dishes made from millets. These are signs of a big change. Seeing this enthusiasm of people, I think that we should prepare an e-book together, in which people can share their experiences and dishes made from millets, so that, before the start of the International Millet Year, we will have a public encyclopedia based on millets which can be published on the MyGov portal.

Friends, that’s all this time in 'Mann Ki Baat', but before I leave, I want to tell you about the National Games as well. National Games are being organized in Gujarat from the 29th of September. This is a very special occasion, because the National Games are being organized after many years. The previous events had to be canceled due to the Covid pandemic. My very best wishes to every player who takes part in this sports meet. To raise the enthusiasm of the players on this day, I will be in their midst. All of you must also follow the National Games and encourage our players. I now take leave of you. We will meet again next month with new topics in 'Mann Ki Baat'.

Dhanyavaad, Namaskar!