Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday at 11 am.
This was his 34rd episode of the monthly programme, which will be broadcast on All Indian Radio and Doordarshan.
Here are the highlights:
11:01 am: We human beings have a natural inclination to be enchanted by the delights of the rainy season
11:02 am: Animals, birds, flora - nature in its entirety, is filled with the joys of the season. But sometimes, when rain unleashes full force of its fury, we come to realise extent of the destructive might of water
11:03 am: We are monitoring the flood situation in the nation. We are doing everything to help in relief & rehabilitation.
11:04 am: Weather forecasts are available these days and the concerned technology has become so advanced these days.
11:06 am: A 24x7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situation
11:07 am: Social, cultural orgs. & citizens charged with spirit of service also making utmost efforts to help affected people
11:08 am: GoI, Army , Air Force , NDRF , Paramilitary forces-everybody does best in providing succour to disaster stricken people
11:09 am: Like always, I seek ideas and suggestions from people. This time, I have got lot of calls and letters on GST. It has been one month since GST was implemented and its benefits can be seen already. I feel very happy when a poor person writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come down
11:10 am: GST has transformed the economy
11:11 am: Successful rollout of GST is a case study. It is also an example of cooperative federalism. All decisions taken by both Centre & States.
11:12 am: GST is more than just a tax reform! It ushers in a new culture.
11:13 am: The month of August has seen historic movements in India. Starting from 1857, we saw so many movements for India's freedom.
11:14 am: We remember Mahatma Gandhi for his leadership during 'Quit India' & we remember leaders like Lok Nayak JP & Dr. Lohia who took part in it. In 1920 and 1942 we saw two different Gandhian movements. What was common was the widespread support for Mahatma Gandhi
11:14 am: Very few people know that the slogan of 'Quit India' was coined by Dr. Yusuf Meher Ali
11:15 am: Today, we do not have to die for the nation. We have to live for our nation and take it to new heights of progress
11:19 am: A pledge for a New India
11:20 am: When I am speaking on 15th August from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I am merely the medium. It is the people whose voice is resonating. We should celebrate 15th August 2017 as the Sankalp Parva or the Day of Resolve
11:21 am: This year, we are going to observe the 75th Anniversary of the #QuitIndiaMovement.
11:21 am: 2017 to 2022 are crucial for the country. Come, let us build a 'New India' of our dreams: PM Modi.
11:22 am: Transform this campaign into peoples' movement. A #QuitIndiaQuiz also being launched for my young friends on #NarendraModiApp.
11:23 am: My countrymen, I would like to say one more thing to you. India's economy in itself an element of social economics
11:29 am: Festivals light the lamp of prosperity in the homes of the poor. Our festivals also bring economic opportunities for the poor.
11:30 am: In this day and age, expectations are raised so much. And then, if our team can't win some people don't even respect basic decencies. But, the way India supported the women's cricket team shows a shift. I am happy how India took pride in the team's accomplishment
But, the way India supported the women's cricket team shows a shift. I am happy how India took pride in the team's accomplishment: PM pic.twitter.com/PZ8Da034cM— BJP (@BJP4India) July 30, 2017
11:30 am: Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Utsav, Chauth Chandra, Anant Chaturdashi, Durga Pooja, Diwali - will be observed one after other. Festivals lend sweetness to relationships, bring warmth of togetherness in the family & foster brotherhood in society.
11:31 am: Modi asks people to write him on GOV.IN for suggesting topics on which he shall speak
The Prime Minister uses the 'Mann ki Baat' platform to speak on current issues and themes pertaining to development, national unity and cultural integration.
In his last address to the nation on the Mann ki Baat programme, PM Modi talked at length about the 1975 Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government. The broadcast sent ripples of comments and counter-comments in the political circles due to Modi's remarks about the Emergency.