Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the spirit of Quit India movement in his monthly radio address and exhorted the countrymen to use the same spirit to expel problems of communalism, casteism, corruption, terrorism, poverty and dirt from the country by 2022. With just a few days to go for the country’s 70th independence say, the PM asked citizens to take a pledge for resolving all problems of the country in his monthly radio programmed ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement (1942-1947) as the decisive period, Modi said the five-year period from 2017-2022 should also become decisive in eradicating problems of the country. Drawing a parallel with the ‘Qui India movement’, Modi said, “The need for today is not ‘Do or Die’, instead it is to resolve, to come together, persevere, and work relentlessly with our utmost strength towards the making of a new India. Let us live by and strive for this resolve.”
Encouraging people to take a pledge to contribute in some way or the other for creating of the ‘New India”, he said, “If 125 crore people, remembering August 9, 1942, make a pledge on August 15 to contribute something as an individual, as a citizen, as a family person, as a person from a city or a village, as a member of a government department, there will be crores of pledges.”
The PM began his address by expressing concern over floods which has severely impacted some states in the country like Assam, Gujarat, Rajasthan and West Bengal. He said both state governments and central agencies are working to provide relief to the victims. Asserting that the government was closely monitoring the situation, Modi said multiple agencies like the Army, the IAF, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and paramilitary forces are engaged in rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit states.
He acknowledged that the worst-affected in this situation are country’s farmers but said everyone is doing everything possible to help affected people, adding crop insurance companies have been asked to be proactive in settlement of claims of the affected farmers who lost their crops. Pertinently, the prime minister had visited Gujarat and is expected to travel to Assam to take stock of the flood situation there on August 1.
The PM also referred to upcoming festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Janam Ashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali and urged citizens to use these festivals for economic empowerment of the poor people by using items only made by the. “Our festivals are not only for celebrations. Our festivals are also an instrument of societal improvement…This is the time when the poor people get an opportunity to make an earning,” he said. Citing an example, Modi said that people should use environment-friendly ‘diyas’ (small oil lamps) only during Diwali.
In his broadcast, Modi also spoke about the Women’s World Cup which concluded recently and hailed the performance of the Indian team in it, saying “our daughters” are making the nation proud in various fields.
The PM also sought ideas from the public which could be incorporated in his Independence Day speech that he will deliver from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort. He also made a promise that he would keep his Independence day speech short.