New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shared his thoughts on the Uri attack and other issues in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio.
This edition of Mann Ki Baat, the 23rd, is the two-year anniversary edition of the show.
On the programme, Modi talked about the terror attack in Uri, saying there is a lot of anger in the country about it.
"We trust our soldiers, we have faith in them. We are proud of our soldiers. For us citizens and political leaders, there are many opportunities to talk and we do talk. But the Army doesn't talk. They speak through their valour," Modi said.
He said the attack had brought home the presence of anti-national elements to the Kashmiris. Kashmir has been facing unrest ever since Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces in August.
Peace, harmony and unity are the ways to solve problems and move towards development, the Prime Minister said addressing the people of Kashmir.
Modi said that the people of Kashmir want to get their lives back on track, to normalise trade, commerce, for schools and colleges to start. He called on the administration to ensure the security of people in Kashmir.
Talking about the recently concluded Paralympic Games, where India won four medals, Modi praised paralymic silver medal winner in shotput, Deepa Malik.
The medals that Indian athletes had won have changed our way of looking at ‘Divyang’ people, said the Prime Minister.
Referencing the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Prime Minister said 2.5 crore toilets had been constructed in the country over the past two years. Another 1.5 crore toilets will be constructed in next one year, he stated. Modi said Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala are on their way to becoming open-defecation free.
Urging one and all to be a part of the cleanliness campaign, Modi said a 'revenue model is a must cleanliness'. He emphasised on proper solid waste disposal.
"Today is September 25, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s birth anniversary," Modi said speaking about Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, the father of BJP's philosophy of Integral Humanism. He called for celebrating Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s centenary as ‘Garib Kalyan Varsh’.
On the 2nd anniversary of 'Mann Ki Baat,' Modi thanked all the listeners who supported the initiative. He also expressed gratitude to Akashvani for translating his address in different languages and taking it to people across the country. The PM said he had tried to keep the programme away from politics, despite 'many provocations'.
Modi finished his address by wishing people for Dushehra, Diwali and Durga Puja in advance....