PM Modi empowered democracy through dialogue: Amit Shah

Union Home minister addresses National Conclave on Mann Ki Baat and says PM Mod inspired youth and popularised the Akashvani through Mann Ki Baat

NEW DELHI | Updated: 26 April, 2023 10:36 pm IST
Union Home minister Amit Shah

Union Minister of Home and Cooperation Amit Shah said that Mann Ki Baat is an unprecedented experiment carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that empowered the foundations of India’s democracy.

HM Shah’s comments were made during his address at the concluding session of the National Conclave on Mann Ki Baat.

“It is a very important event in which the leader appreciates the achievements of the people who are contributing to India’s national growth in their own way,” HM Shah said.

“I am glad that PM Modi chose Akashvani to convey his message. Since my childhood, I have been an admirer of Akashvani. I believe that it is the voice of the nation’s soul,” he said while recalling his childhood days.

“I heard about India’s victory in Bangladesh in Akshvani and also the defeat of a tyrant, Indira Gandhi, after an emergency in Akashvani. I was a regular listener of Jaymala, a programme that entertained the armed forces jawans by playing songs at their request. People forgot this medium, but PM Modi revived it and popularised it among the young generation,” he added.

He also said that the foundation of democracy becomes strong only through dialogue between the people and the leader. Mann Ki Baat played that role and strengthened India’s foundation.

He added, “It is astonishing that a political leader conversed with people in 99 episodes but did not evoke a single political issue.”

HM Shah also said that the Prime Minister platformed the nation’s creative power, innovative power and moral power in this programme.

“A nation that cannot organise and appreciate these three forces cannot be a successful democracy. PM Modi executed this mantra in all 99 episodes,” he said.

He added that Modiji had unravelled many dimensions of India’s democracy in the last nine years. But one of his biggest contributions is that he liberated India’s politics from the clutches of casteism, dyansticism and appeasement.

“As long as our thought is polluted by these three elements, our opinions can never be free. He freed politics from them and made it performance-based. One who performs and serves better can remain in politics. He gave a new life and energy to our democracy,” he said.

HM Shah also said that, as a perfect communicator, the prime minister showed how to speak with his conduct, thoughts and conversations without delivering any speech in Mann Ki Baat.

The minister also used the Hindi proverb gagar mei sagar bharna to express how the prime minister included a wide range of subjects in a short event and that too in a myriad of languages.

“Mann Ki Baat has always been pan-Indian, covering the vast expanse of India from Ladakh to Lakshwadeep and from the northeast to Punjab. It also covered myriad subjects: from farmers to science, from self-help groups to start-ups, from cooperation to space,” he said.

Creating awareness about cleanliness, ecology protection and self-reliance, encouraging COVID warriors and campaigning for Clean India; Fit India; Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao; water conservation; vocal for locals, he gave all of them a new flight with Mann Ki Baat.

Adding that PM Modi is a PERFECT communicator, HM Shah said, “Here P stands for campaigning for peace, E for empowerment, R stands for reflective, F stands for festive, E for economic development, C for caring, and T for thoughtful.”

“PM Modi explained the meaning of festivals and their relation to our ecology, sending across a message of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat,” he said.

Speaking on PM Modi’s effort to popularise Khaadi, HM Shah said, “We had forgotten Khadi. But PM Modi said that it is not a fabric but a thought process. He, after Mahatma Gandhi, is the first person to promote it with such vigour.”

HM Shah also said that after the Prime Minister’s appeal in Mann Ki Baat, India increased its toy production, cutting down imports by 70 per cent and increasing exports from ₹202 million to ₹326 million.

Similarly, exports of musical instruments increased by 8 per cent due to PM Modi’s encouraging words in Mann Ki Baat.

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