On Sunday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation in his monthly radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’. This was the 68th edition of Mann Ki Baat where Modi talked about various aspects of making India a self-reliant nation.
Festivals in Corona
PM started his address by saying that there is a close connection between nature and Indian festivals as many of the festivals in India inspire others to conserve nature. This part of the year is the time for festivals but at the same time, there is a pandemic going on in the country. So, there is a sense of discipline among the citizens.
India as a ‘Toy Hub’
During his program, he talked about the toy industry in India. He said the country holds the talent and the ability to become the toy hub of the world.
At present India contributes a negligible amount in the Rs. 7 crores worth worldwide toy industry. Thus, it is the right time for upcoming businesses and startups to work together and manufacture toys for the entire world.
The new National Education Policy also focuses on toys that will provide practical learning and will nurture creativity and innovation among the children, Modi added.
Importance of Nutrition
Modi further said that the country is going to celebrate Nutrition Month in the month of September and this will benefit young children. He also talked about the importance of a balanced diet and nutritious food for young children, pregnant ladies, and new mothers.
Adopt an Indian Breed Dog
Modi also talked about the role of Dogs in security operations in India. He said that these loyal animals play a very crucial role from an accident site to assisting the bomb disposal team.
He also talked about Vida and Sophie. Vida and Sophie are Indian army dogs who performed various security operations in the army bravely and were awarded the Chief of Army Staff ‘Commendation Cards’ on 15th August 2020.
He then urged the citizens of the country to adopt an Indian breed Dog whenever they think of having a new pet.
PM Modi said, the seeds for becoming ‘Atmanirbhar’ – ‘self-reliant’ were sown back 100 years ago during the non-cooperation movement and now it is our responsibility to transform those seeds into a fruitful tree.