Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the first edition of his monthly radio show - Mann ki Baat - after returning to power. During the address, the prime minister remembered those who fought against the Emergency imposed in June 1975 by then prime minister Indira Gandhi. Modi said that when the Emergency was imposed, there was anger in the conscience of everyone and the resistance against it was not just in political circles. He also hailed the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saying it was the biggest democratic event in the world and thanked voters for giving him another term. Referring to the ongoing water crisis in several parts of the country, the prime minister also called for a people's movement to conserve water.
Below are the top quotes of PM Modi's first 'Mann ki Baat' radio show after returning to power
Mann Ki Baat - a New India Spirit: I have been missing MannKiBaat. This Sunday has made me wait so much. This programme personifies the New India Spirit. In this programme is the spirit of the strengths of 130 crore Indians.
Remebering the days of Emergency: When emergency was imposed, resistance against it was not just in political circles or politicians; the movement was not limited to the jails. There was anger in the conscience of everyone.
Democracy part of India's culture: India just completed the largest ever election. The scale of the election was immense. It tells us about the faith people have in our democracy. Democracy is a part of our culture and ethos.
On developing reading habbit: Sometime back, someone presented me a collection of short stories of the great Premchand. I once again got an opportunity to revisit those stories. The human element and compassion stands out in his words. It is my request to you all- please devote some time to reading. I urge you all to talk about the books you read, on the 'Narendra Modi Mobile App.' Let us have discussions on the good books we read and why we liked the books.
Water crisis: With the significance of water in mind, a new Jal Shakti Ministry has been established in the country. This will allow quicker decision-making on all water issues. I wrote a letter to Gram Pradhans on the importance of water conservation and how to take steps to create awareness on the subject across rural India.
How deep is water crisis and what people need to do: Water crisis hits many parts of the nation every year. You will be surprised that only 8% of the rain water in the whole year is harvested in our country. There is no fixed way to conserve water. In different parts, different methods may be adopted but the aim is same- to conserve every drop of water.
An appeal to fellow citizens to save water: I appeal to all Indians, including eminent people from all walks of life to create awareness on water conservation. Share knowledge of traditional methods of water conservation. If you know about any individuals or NGOs working on water, do share about them.