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Oct 25, 2020
8:45PM

PM Narendra Modi says, country has given a befitting reply to forces trying to divide the nation

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country has given a befitting reply every time to the forces which continuously try to sow the seeds of suspicion in people's minds, and divide the country. He was addressing the nation through his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio this morning. 

Giving the motto of 'Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat', Mr Modi urged everyone to visit the website - ekbharat.gov.in. The Prime Minister also asked people to share recipes of local food items along with the names of the local ingredients, on the ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ website.

Driving home the message of unity in diversity, Mr Modi said pilgrimage in itself knits India in a common thread -  the chain of Jyotirlingas and Shaktipeethas binds India with the common thread. He said, the centres of faith established from Tripura to Gujarat and from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, unite people as one. He pointed out that the Bhakti movement became a mass movement throughout India, uniting people through devotion.

The Prime Minister said Pulwama in Kashmir is playing an important role in educating the entire country. He said that India used to import wood for pencils from abroad, but now Pulwama is making the country self-sufficient in the field of pencil making.
                   
Mr Modi said, many instances of technology based service delivery were explored in the country during the lockdown. He cited the example of a self help group of women in Jharkhand who accomplished this feat. These women worked to deliver vegetables and fruits to households directly from the fields of the farmers. They got an app ‘Ajivika Farm Fresh’ designed through which people could directly order vegetables to be delivered at their homes.

The Prime Minister also mentioned Atul Patidar of Barwani in Madhya Pradesh who connected four thousand farmers in his area through the digital medium. 

The Prime Minister spoke about Pon Mariyappan from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu whose passion is to share the joys of reading and writing with others. Pon Marriyappan runs a salon.

Mr Modi also cited a few other examples of how people are sharing their passion of reading with others. Usha Dubey, a teacher from Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh has turned a scooty into a mobile library.

In Chandigarh, Sandeep Kumar, who runs an NGO, has set up a mobile library in a mini van. Through this, poor children are given books to read free of cost. The Prime Minister said there are two organisations in Bhav Nagar, Gujarat which are doing marvellous work in this field. The Vikas Vartul Trust is very helpful to students who are preparing for competitive exams.
 

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