Modi’s 40th edition of “Mann Ki Baat”: says “woman power” has contributed a lot in the positive transformation seen in the country and that there are no limits to “Nari Shakti.” He also appreciated the efforts by the Bihar government in forming the world’s longest human chain, spanning over 13,000 km, against social ills in the state…….reports Asian Lite News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said “woman power” has contributed a lot in the positive transformation seen in the country and that there are no limits to “Nari Shakti”.
Addressing this year’s first episode of “Mann ki Baat” radio talk, the Prime Minister also lauded the progress women have made in several spheres, saying with resolve and willpower “nothing is impossible”.
“A daughter is equivalent to 10 sons. The ‘punya’ you earn through 10 sons is equalled by one daughter. This underscores the importance given to women in our society. That is why, in our society, women have the status of Shakti.
“This woman power binds together society, the family, on the axis of unity. Be it the erudition of the vidushis of Vedic period. Woman power has always inspired us. They have always brought glory to the nation,” he said referring to Gargi, Maitreyee, Meerabai, Ahilyabai Holkar and Rani Lakshmi Bai.
He referred to astronaut Kalpana Chawla.
Meanwhile, in the 40th edition of “Mann Ki Baat”, Modi appreciated the efforts by the Bihar government in forming the world’s longest human chain, spanning over 13,000 km, against social ills in the state.
Emphasising that self improvement and self correction are Indian society’s salient features, Modi said: “Some days ago, Bihar took an interesting initiative. To uproot social evils from the state, a 13,000-km human chain was formed.”
“Through the initiative, people raised concern against child marriage and dowry among other issues,” said Modi.
People of all ages and from various strata took part in the initiative that started from Gandhi Maidan in Patna on January 21.
Modi urged the people to fight against social evils to benefit from development in real sense.
Modi also lauded the recently conferred Padma Awardees and appreciated the fact that so many of them marked themselves out “without any recommendation”.
“If you notice closely, you will see what a great number of people exist among us. And it is a matter of pride how so many of them are reaching great heights without any recommendation,” Modi said in his monthly and this year’s first “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme.
On the selection process of the awardees, the Prime Minister said it has changed in the last three years and “now anyone can nominate anyone for the award”.
“There is transparency now in the selection process. The entire procedure is transformed… You must have noticed that more and more ordinary people are getting these awards. Such people who usually are not seen in metros, newspapers, TVs,” he said.
“To be eligible for the award, it is not his identity but what is his or her work, which is getting importance.”
The Prime Minister named a few awardees to press his point — Subhasini Mistry, Lakshmikutty, Bhajju Shyam, Sitavva Joddati, and Arvind Gupta; all of whom, he said, came from ordinary stock.