Mann ki Baat: PM says political parties played mature role in uniting people after 2010 Ayodhya verdict

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* Addressing the nation on the occasion of Diwali, PM Modi started his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio program by extending Diwali greetings and reciting a shloka: “It is light that ushers in joy, health, prosperity in life dispelling negative thoughts. I salute divine flame.”
* PM Modi said that festival tourism is an exciting attraction and India, being a country of festivals, possesses limitless possibilities in this sector.

* PM Modi read several messages sent by citizens sharing real life stories of inspiring women. He mentioned the story of Kodipaka Ramesh’s mother; Major Khushbu Kanwar, daughter of a bus conductor, who has led an all women contingent of Assam Rifles; and the 92-year-old woman who has been offering free drinking water to passengers at Gwalior Railway Station.
* PM Modi recited a poem written by 17th century Kannada poetess Sanchi Honnamma in Kannada which talks about women empowerment.

* PM Modi talked about the 550th Prakashotsav of Guru Nanak Dev which will be celebrated across the world on November 12.
* PM Modi talked about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel whose birth anniversary is celebrated on October 31. “Our country will always be indebted to Sardar Patel for his steller role in the Constituent Assembly. He strove to ensure enshrinement of fundamental rights that obliterated any possibility of discrimination on the basis of caste and community,” said PM Modi.

* PM Modi said that in a year, more than 26 lakh tourists visited the ‘Statue of Unity’, the statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which is the tallest statue in the world.
* “Which Indian will not be imbued with pride for the fact that recently, Time magazine has included the ‘Statue of Unity’in its list of 100 important tourist destinations around the world,” said PM Modi.
* Centre celebrates October 31 as ‘National Unity Day’. PM Modi urged the citizens to participate in ‘Run for Unity’ marathon to be organised nationwide on October 31. PM Modi said that running is beneficial for the mind, body and soul and is in line with government’s ‘Fit India Movement’.
* Ahead of verdict in 70-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, PM Modi urged the nation to maintain peace. He said that when the Allahabad High Court gave its verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi in September 2010, “On one hand, machinations went on to generate tension for week or two, but, when the decision was taken on Ram Janmabhoomi, the govt, political parties, social organizations, civil society, representatives of all sects and saints gave restrained and balanced statements.”
* Paying respects to Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, PM Modi said,”On 31st October..the former Prime Minister of our country Smt Indira ji was assassinated. It was a traumatic moment for our country. Today, I pay homage to her too”.
* PM Modi said that one story that rings across India is the story of cleanliness and sanitation.
* PM Modi commended the Indian Army’s efforts to keep the Siachen glacier clean. “We all know that Siachen as a glacier is a source of rivers and clean water. Therefore, running a cleanliness campaign here means ensuring clean water for those who live in low-lying areas and also use the water of rivers like Nubra and Shyok.”
* PM Modi said it is tradition to buy new things during festivals but urged citizens to shop local. “The more we try to buy our local things; the ‘Gandhi 150’ will become a great event in itself,” said the PM.
* On the festival of Diwali, PM Modi urged people to stay safe. “I urge all of you to take utmost care of yourself and also celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm. I extend many felicitations to you,” he said.


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