Mann ki Baat Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged people to buy local products for the festive season as he praised Indians for exercising patience during festivals to keep coronavirus at bay. Addressing the nation, in the 70th edition of his Mann ki Baat programme, PM Modi wished citizens on the occasion of Dussehra. He had sought suggestions from citizens on his social media accounts earlier this month about topics for Mann ki Baat, a forum where he addresses the country over a range of issues. In his previous address, which came amid protests over farm bills, PM Modi said they are playing a major role in building a self-reliant India. Modi said many farmers benefitted after fruits, vegetables were brought out of APMC Act in some states a few years ago. “Our agriculture sector has shown its prowess during the Covid-19 pandemic and farmers are playing a major role in efforts to build a self-reliant India,” he said.
Farmer unions across India have been protesting against the contentious agriculture reform bills passed by Parliament last week, fearing the new legislations would do away with Minimum Support Price and leave farmers at the mercy of corporates. The BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the issue on Saturday, citing the Modi government’s “stubborn refusal” to give statutory legislative guarantees to protect the assured marketing of farmers’ crops at MSP.
In his address, Modi took another dig at the Congress, saying that if the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s economic philosophy was followed, there would not have been any need for the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign as India would have become self-reliant much earlier. The prime minister began his monthly broadcast by talking about storytelling, saying it has been a part of our nation for centuries. “Storytelling is as old as civilisation…These days, stories relating to science are gaining popularity,” Modi said. He said many people are making storytelling popular across the country and underlined that India has a glorious tradition of storytelling. He also interacted with members of the Bangalore Storytelling Society. Modi also requested all families to set aside some time for storytelling and said it will be a wonderful experience for them.
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PM Modi Bats for Reading and Learning
During #MannKiBaat today, we will know about an interesting person- Ponmariappan from Tamil Nadu.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 25, 2020
He has a very small salon where he has done an exemplary work.
He has converted a small portion of his salon into a library: PM @narendramodi
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Amid pandemic festivities across the country have been muted and the authorities have requested people to maintain Covid-19 protocol.
PM Modi Takes a Dig at Congress Over Mahatma Gandhi’s Economic Philosophy | In the 69th edition of Mann Ki Baat on September 29, the Prime Minister also recalled landmark events to be observed- the Bhagat Singh Jayanti and the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on October 2. He took a swipe at the Congress party, saying that if the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s economic philosophy was followed by previous governments, his government would not have felt the need to launch the Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India) campaign.
PM Modi Extends Greetings on Dusshera
सभी देशवासियों को विजयादशमी की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं। बुराई पर अच्छाई और असत्य पर सत्य की जीत का यह महापर्व हर किसी के जीवन में नई प्रेरणा लेकर आए।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 25, 2020
What Happened in the Previous Edition of Mann ki Baat? Earlier Mann ki Baat came shortly after the passage of the farm bills where PM Modi strongly defended the legislations enacted by his government. He said they would benefit farmers by giving them the freedom to choose where they wanted to sell their produce as well as consumers by taking middlemen out of agricultural trading. The government stated that they will widen market access to farmers and which opposition parties say are anti-farmer and corporate-friendly.