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New Delhi : PM Narendra Modi, in his 4th episode of “Mann Ki Baat 2.0” on September 29, 2019, said that legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 90 on September 28, 2019, is earnestly concerned and eager about everything concerning the country. Her satisfaction and reassurance too, lies in the progress being made by India; the India on the path of change; the India that is gaining newer heights, the PM said.

“There must be hardly an Indian citizen who does not show deep regard for her, does not revere her. She is elder to most of us and has been a witness to myriad phases, different eras the country has passed through. We address her as “DIDI”, elder sister…. Lata Didi. Before leaving on the foreign tour, I was blessed with an opportunity to converse with her on the phone. This chat was akin to a younger brother speaking to his elder sister affectionately,,” PM Modi said as he made his telephonic conversation with the legendary singer public on his monthly radio address.

” With the advent of Navaratri today, the air is bound to be full of new hopes, new energy, newer zest and newer resolves, once again. The ensuing weeks shall be witness to the sparkle of festivals throughout the country. All of us shall celebrate the Navaratri Mahotsava, Garba, Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali, Bhaiya Dooj, Chhath Puja…. in fact innumerable festivals. During festivals, families come together. Homes will be filled with joy! But… you must have felt this… there are many people around us who remain deprived of these celebrations. And this is what is termed as “Chirag Tale Andhera” darkness just beneath the lamp!  Just think about it; there are some homes, bathed in shimmering lights; on the other hand, just close by, there are some homes mired in darkness. There are homes where sweetmeats are left to rot; there are homes where children yearn for a sweet; at places almirahs run out of space to store more clothes; elsewhere, people have to slog to earn a decent covering for their bodies.  Let us distribute joy, where there is a paucity of it… let it come naturally to us,” the PM said.

The PM urged countrymen to organise programmes to felicitate daughters in villages, towns and cities. It could be in the form of a public function. “In our culture, daughters are considered Laxmi since they are harbinger of fortune and prosperity. If you look around, you’ll find many daughters and daughters-in-law who are performing extraordinarily. Some must be engaged in teaching underprivileged children, others could be occupied in spreading awareness in the field of sanitation and health, while many could be doing society a service by working as Doctor and Engineers or striving for justice to someone by working as Lawyer,” he said.

PM Modi thanked Aleena Taayang, a student who hails from Roing, Arunachal Pradesh, for reading the book “Exam Warriors” more than twice and pointing out shortcomings in the book.

Aleena had written an interesting letter to PM Modi. “On my exam result this time, some people asked me if I had read the book Exam Warriors! I replied in the negative. But on returning, I purchased the book and read it more than twice. My experience after that has been very good. I felt, had I read the book before my exams, I would have benefited a great deal. I liked quite a few aspects of this book, but I noticed that it contains many mantras for students, but for parents and teachers, this book does not have much. I wish; if you are thinking anew on a new edition, do include a few mantras for parents and teachers and of course new content,” Aleena had said her letter.

“I shall certainly comply with your directions. As you have told me, I shall positively try to write something for parents as well as teachers, as and when I get the time to pen a new edition,” the PM said in his “Mann Ki Baat” on September 29.

” I am just as common a being as you are.  Being an ordinary citizen, whatever affects you has the same effect on me, since I’m just one amongst you. Just see how on the one hand, victory in the U.S. open was discussed; on the other, runner up Daniil Medvedev’s speech was equally doing the rounds in public discourse, especially on social media. Hence I too heard the speech and watched the match. The sheer simplicity and maturity displayed by the 23 year old Daniil Medvedev touched everyone. It surely stirred me. Moments before this speech, he had suffered defeat at the hands of Tennis legend Rafael Nadal, 19 times grand slam winner.

The PM also said that the  e-cigarette has been banned so that this new form of intoxication does not destroy our demographically young country saying it contains many harmful chemicals, which have a deleterious effect on health.


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