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The Prime Minister issued a general appeal to people to strengthen the unity of the country. “This country is very big, full of diversities,” he said.

Reaching out to strife-torn Kashmir with the nuanced slogan of Ekta aur Mamata (unity and compassion), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said any life that was lost in the Valley, whether that of a protesting youth or of a security personnel, was a loss for the country, and asserted that people who were trying to create unrest by provoking children to throw stones would have to answer those innocent boys some day.

The Prime Minister spoke on a range of issues in the course of his 35-minute Mann Ki Baat radio address to the nation, including relations with Pakistan, the canonization of Mother Teresa, GST, Swachh Bharat, gas subsidy, floods, teacher-student relationships and sports in the context of India’s performance at the Rio Olympics.

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The Prime Minister issued a general appeal to people to strengthen the unity of the country. “This country is very big, full of diversities,” he said. “To keep it united, it is the responsibility of all of us, as individual citizens, as a society and as a government, to strengthen our unity as much as we can, highlight it as much as we can. Only then can the nation achieve its bright future. I have confidence in the power of 125 crore people of the country,” he said.

PM Narendra Modi pays homage to Hockey player Dhyan Chand ahead of his birth anniversary on Monday recalling Don Bradman’s words saying ‘he scores goals like runs.’

PM Modi said people asked him to speak on Rio Olympics and this is very positive. He said one person wrote on the Narendra Modi app asking him to speak on female education and their participation in sports since they were the ones who got us medals in Rio Olympics this year and made us proud.

People also asked PM Modi to mention Sakshi Malik, P V Sindhu and Dipa Karmakar. He praises PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Deepa Karmakar for Rio Olympics performance. ‘Our daughters have proved that they are not less than anybody. It seems as if they have taken the responsibility to make India proud.’

PM Modi said, “Despite not getting the medals, Indian athletes have given a good performance at Rio Olympics performance.” Be it Abhinav Bindra or Dipa Karmakar, who missed the medal by a very small margin, Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, Lalita Babar, Aditi Ashok, Dattu Bhokanal, Atanu Das – all these athletes have made their mark in the event.

M Narendra Modi speaks on a Committee by the Government that would study the prevalent practices in the world in order to make a roadmap for the next Olympics. He also requests state governments to make committees overlooking sports performances and see what can be done to tap the potential.

He mentions how Tilak gave Indians the mantra “Swaraj hamara adhikar hai.” PM Modi says he hopes people celebrate the festival with this emotion as festivals breathe life into the lives of ordinary men.

PM Modi also spoke on Mother Teresa being canonized as saint on September 4. He said she dedicated her life to the service of the poor.

“From the interactions I had with all parties on Kashmir, one thing emerged, which can be put in simple words as Ekta’ and Mamata. These two things were the basic mantra,” The Prime Minister said in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat. “It is the view of all of us, of 125 crore people from a pradhan of a village to the Prime Minister, that if any life is lost in Kashmir, whether of any youth or any securityman, that loss is ours”.

He further said all parties were united on Kashmir – something similar to the passing GST bill in the assembly. “They sent a message to the world, to the separatists and reached out to the people of Kashmir.”

At the same time, he sent a warning to the people “instigating the youth in Kashmir”, saying they have to answer to them as well.


Reena Rawat
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