On the 18th episode of monthly “Mann ki Baat” programme over the All India Radio network, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared good news with all Indian. Prime Minister said, everyone will be proud to know that a very old idol of Devi Annapurna is returning to India from Canada. This idol was stolen from a temple of Varanasi and smuggled out of the country around 100 years ago somewhere around 1913. Mr. Modi expressed his gratitude to the Government of Canada and to all those for this large heartedness who made this propitious deed possible. Mata Annapoorna has a very special relationship with Kashi. The coming back of her idol is pleasing for all of us.
Prime Minister observed, the twelfth of November marked the commencement of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr. Salim Ali ji. Dr. Salim has done illustrious work in the field of bird watching – the avian world. This has also attracted bird watchers of the world towards India. In India, many bird watching societies are active. Mr. Modi exhorted people to connect themselves with this subject. Prime Minister remarked, amid the hectic routine of his life, recently in Kevadia, he also got a memorable opportunity to spend time with birds.
Mr. Modi observed, India’s culture and Shaastras, knowledge has always been a centre of attraction for the entire world. Many people came to India to discover & study them & stayed back for ever, whereas some of them returned to their respective countries as carriers of this culture. Prime Minister recalled the work of Jonas Masetti, also known as Vishwanath. Jonas teaches Vedanta & Geeta to people in Brazil. He runs an institution named Vishwavidya, situated in the hills of Petropolis, an hour’s distance from Rio de Janeiro. Jonas studied Vedanta Philosophy in India, staying at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore for four years. Jonas also uses technology to propagate his message. He regularly conducts online programmes. He also does a daily podcast. During the last seven years, through his free open courses on Vedanta, Jonas has taught over a lakh & a half students. Jonas is not only doing great work – he is doing it through a language understood by a large number of people. People are much keen on knowing how this could be of help to them during these times of Corona & quarantine. Through Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister congratulated Jonas on his efforts & wish him well for his future endeavours.
Mr. Modi said, a newly elected MP in New Zealand Dr. Gaurav Sharma took the Oath of office in one of the ancient languages of the world – Sanskrit. The dissemination of Indian culture on part of an Indian fills us with pride. Prime Minister extended his best wishes to Gaurav Sharma.
Prime Minister said, as we celebrate the 551st Prakash Parv, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. The world over, the influence of Guru Nanak Dev ji is distinctly visible. From Vancouver to Wellington, from Singapore to South Africa his messages are heard all around. It is mentioned in Guru Granth Sahib –“sevak ko seva bun aayee”, which is, the work of a sevak, is to serve. Mr. Modi said, awareness beget spiritedness. He recalled the efforts of Virendra Yadav of Kaithal, Haryana, a NRI farmer-entrepreneur, who has influenced the lives of thousands through his awareness. The stubble in his fields was a big concern for him too. To find a solution for the stubble, Virendra ji bought a Straw Baler machine to make bundles of straw. For this, he also received financial assistance from the Agricultural department. With this machine, he began to make bundles of stubble. After having made the bundles, he sold the stubble to agro energy plants and paper mills. In just two years, Virendra ji has traded in stubble in excess of Rupees 2.5 Crores and has earned a profit of approximately Rupees Fifty Lakhs. The benefit of this also accrues to the farmers of those fields from where Virendra ji sources his stubble.
Prime Minister said, it has been roughly one year since the world came to know of the first case of Corona. Since then, the entire world has seen several ups and downs. Coming out of the lockdown now the discussion on a vaccine has commenced, however, any sort of negligence regarding Corona can be deadly even now. We have to firmly keep fighting against Corona.
Prime Minister said, our homage to Baba Saheb Ambedkar, would be to reaffirm our resolve to the country and abiding by the duties, assigned to us by the Constitution as an individual. Mr. Modi said, as the year 2020 is drawing to a close, there should be new hope and faith and we should keep moving forward.
Script: Kaushik Roy; AIR: News Analyst