Mann Ki Baat: Narendra Modi lauds Indian soldiers, FIFA U-17 India team; asks parents to promote yoga among children

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday in the 37th edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme said that celebrating Diwali with soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gurez sector was an unforgettable experience for him.

"We must try to know the tales of valour of our army soldiers. They have been contributing in the peace process in the whole world," said Modi.

Modi said that India has always spread the message of peace, unity, and goodwill. "We believe that everyone should live in harmony and move towards building a better and peaceful tomorrow," he said. Modi said that Indian armed forces have contributed to world peace through UN missions across the globe.

He said that currently around 7,000 Indian security personnel are deployed on peacekeeping missions, making it the third highest contributor. Besides, Indian forces have provided peacekeeping training to their counterparts from 85 countries and have been providing medical services to people from a number of countries, Modi said.

He said India has participated in about 50 out of 71 UN peacekeeping operations undertaken so far. He also talked about India's culture of respecting nature, highlighted the increase in Khadi sales and referred to the cleanliness campaign, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Modi said that India is blessed with several greats who have served humanity with selflessness and Sister Nivedita was one of those extraordinary people.

The prime minister began the address, talking about the importance of Chhath puja. "Chhath is one of the most deeply devotional festival of the country. Chhath puja is deeply rooted in nature and nature worship. Chhath festivities also entail a strong spirit of cleanliness," Modi said.

The prime minister also said that on 31 October, the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, 'Run for Unity' will be organised across the county.

"Sardar Patel not only had transformational ideas but he had the solution to the most complex problems. His contribution in shaping the nation as whole is invaluable," said the prime minister. He said that on 4 November, the country will celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti. "Guru Nanak Jayanti Devji is not only the first guru of Sikhs but also a 'Jagat Guru (world teacher)'. He thought about the welfare of the whole humanity, treated all equally and emphasised on the empowerment and dignity of women," Modi said.

Extending advance greetings on Children's Day which is celebrated on 14 November, Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday, Modi said that every child is a hero in the making of a 'New India'.

The prime minister expressed concerns over children diagnosed with lifestyle diseases like diabetes and urged families to maintain a healthy lifestyle by doing regular physical activities and yoga.

"Diseases that would earlier occur in old age only are now catching up with children. I get shocked to learn that children are also getting diabetic. The main reason for such diseases at such a young age is less physical activities and change in our eating habits," Modi said.

Modi urged families to make sure that their children remain physically active, their indoor activities are limited and they indulge in outdoor activities.

"Families should make their children play out in the open. If possible, elders should also go out with children to play in the open. Instead of using elevators, children should be asked to use staircases. After having dinner, families should make an effort to go for a walk with their children."

Modi said the 'Yoga for Young India' programme could be helpful for the young to maintain a healthy lifestyle and fight lifestyle diseases.

"Yoga is is easy to do, simple and convenient. People of any age can do it easily and anywhere," the prime minister said.

He also referred to the just-concluded FIFA U-17 tournament in India and expressed happiness over the host team's performance, saying it had won hearts, if not medals.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Oct 29, 2017 13:13:46 IST

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