We now have to move beyond conservation, and think about compassion: “Mann Ki Baat”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his monthly radio broadcast titled ‘Mann ki Baat’. This comes a day after he addressed a gathering in Bahrain and was conferred the highest civilian award by the King of Bahrain.

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Remembering Swami Vivekanand’s speech delivered on September 11, 1893, PM Modi remarked, “Come, let us look anew at India which Vivekananda had seen and let us put in practice the inherent strength of India realized by Swami Vivekananda. We possess everything within us, let us proceed with confidence.” He also reminded listeners that August 29 is celebrated as ‘National Sports Day’ and urged people to partake in the ‘Fit India Movement’.

We need to move beyond conservation, and think about compassion: Narendra Modi on nature and wildlife

My dear countrymen, the concern and care for the environment in India seems natural. The Tiger Summit took place in 2010 at St. Petersburg, Russia. At this summit, a resolution was taken expressing concern about the dwindling tiger population in the world. Whenever we talk about nature and wildlife, we only talk about conservation. But, we now have to move beyond conservation and think about compassion,” PM in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ asserted.

Significantly, This month’s radio show with a lot of focus on environmental challenges, The PM touched upon his ‘Man vs. Wild’ episode and remarked, “Whoever I meet or wherever there is a chance to talk, the focus is on Wildlife, discussions about the environment, the Tiger, the Asiatic Lion, evolution etc. And I am amazed how interested people are in nature. It is my firm belief that people want to know the steps taken in the direction of climate justice and clean environment in India”.

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While commenting on his ‘Man vs Wild’ episode with Bear Grylls, the PM marked that the people expressed desire to know more and stated that he had established a connect with the youth around the world with just one episode. “I had never thought I would find a certain place in young hearts in this country and the world pays attention to diverse things”, also adding that Discovery channel is planning to broadcast the programme in 165 countries in their respective languages.

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Quashing people’s doubts on how the PM Narendra Modi and Bear Grylls understood each other while speaking in respective languages and maintained a fast conversation. “Whenever I spoke immediately, there was simultaneous translation into English or simultaneous interpretation and he (Bear Grylls) had a small cordless instrument in his ear. So I used to speak in Hindi but he heard it in English and because of that communication became very easy and this is an amazing aspect about technology.”

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However, In his first episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, after Lok Sabha elections, on June 30, Modi discussed various topics like the Emergency, water crisis and International Yoga Day. He had also urged people to inculcate a habit of reading books regularly. In the second episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ which was aired a week before the abrogation of Article 370.

With different parts of the country facing water crisis, PM Modi, on June 30, urged the people to conserve every drop of water and to make it a mass movement akin to the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). “There is no one way to conserve water. In different parts, different methods are adopted but the aim is to conserve every drop of water”, As per the PM remarked in his monthly radio bulletin Mann ki Baat on June 30.

The PM concluded today’s episode by asking people to pitch in their suggestions. “Come, let us all march together to make the India which was dreamt of by our freedom fighters and realise Gandhi’s dreams- ‘Swantah: Sukhayah’. Speaking of the Centre’s scheme, SBM, “We organize cleanliness drives before Gandhi Jayanti every year to commemorate the leader’s birthday and this time around it will commence on the 11th of September. During this period, all of us will move out of home, donating our effort and sweat through ‘shramdaan’ as a ‘Karyanjali’ to Mahatma Gandhi.”

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