Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation regarding the country’s coronavirus pandemic and the current border dispute with China along the current line of actual control (LAC) in his monthly radio show “Mann ki Baat”.
Last month, the Prime Minister said that all kinds of people suffered during the pandemic, but it was the poor who suffered the most. “If our villages, cities, districts and states had been self-sufficient, problems we face would not have been as evident as they are today”.
With nearly 20,000 new cases of coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, the number of cases in India rose to 5.28 lakh this morning. Up to 410 deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 16,095. The latest one lakh cases were added in less than a week.
Meanwhile, throughout the LAC region, China continues to consolidate its positions in confrontation with Indian soldiers on the north bank of Pangong Tso in Ladakh, but the first signs of tension in the region appeared last September , a few days after the government announced the repeal of section 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the creation of Ladakh as a separate territory from the Union.
Highlights of Mann ki baat
“Today, we remember a great son of India, our former PM Shri Narasimha Rao Ji. He led India at a very crucial time in our history. He was a great political leader and was a scholar,” the prime minister said. He added: “Narasimha Rao belonged to a humble background. He fought injustice from a very young age. I hope many more Indians will read more about our former prime minister.”the prime minister said.
“I have been seeing that people are writing to me, especially youngsters, about how they are playing traditional indoor games. I have an appeal to friends and start-ups: Can we make tradiitional games popular? I ask the elders that if you do not promote such traditional games, then who will?”the prime minister said.
“India is unlocking, be it in sectors like coal, space, agriculture and more. It is time for us to work together to make India self-reliant and technologically advanced,”the prime minister said.
“We are in the time of unlock. But, we have to be even more careful. If you do not wear masks and do not maintain social distancing, then you might put other’s lives at risk as well. Take care of yourselves as well as others.”Speaking on the pandemic situation, PM Modi said
“India bows to our martyrs. They have always kept India safe. Their valour will always be remembered. The world has seen India’s strength and our commitment to peace,” Modi said. He added: “People from all over India are writing, reiterating their support to the movement to make India self-reliant. Being vocal about local is a great service to the nation.”
“In Ladakh, we have given a befitting reply to those who tried to enter our territory, Our soldiers have proven that they will not let any trouble overcome the country. Every citizen can feel the loss (of soldiers) at the border. But this is our strength. The parents of the deceased are still ready to send them to the forces,” Modi said while speaking on the Galwan standoff.
Addressing the citizens, PM Modi said: “Half the year is over. On Mann Ki Baat, we have been discussing a wide range of topics. These days, people are commonly talking about one thing- when will 2020 end. They feel it has been a year of many challenges. There could be any number of challenges but our history shows that we have always overcome them.