NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that the world community was now more receptive to India’s views on terrorism, noting that until a few years ago India did not have much of the world’s ear on terror threats.
With the 38th edition of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio programme coinciding with the ninth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Prime Minister infused some patriotic flavour into his monthly talk, even as other BJP leaders were camped in poll-bound Gujarat.
“Terrorism has challenged humanity. It is bent upon destroying humanitarian forces. So not only India but all humanitarian forces will have to keep fighting unitedly to defeat the menace of terrorism,” he said.
“Terrorism has taken an ugly shape and has become a global threat, almost a daily routine. We, in India, have faced a lot in the last 40 years on account of terrorism.
Until a few years ago, when India used to talk about the severe threat from terrorism, many people in the world did not take it seriously. Now that terrorism is knocking at their doors, every government in the world, those who believe in humanity and have faith in democracy, are seeing it as one of the biggest challenges,” Modi said.
Incidentally, the radio programme was aired two days after Pakistan released Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Sayeed from house arrest.
The BJP on Sunday circulated the reported statement of the US, which said, “If Pakistan doesn’t take action to lawfully detain Saeed and charge him for his crimes, its inactions will have repercussions for bilateral relations and for Pakistan’s global reputation”.
Seeking to build patriotic fervor among his listeners, the PM reminded them of the upcoming Navy Day on December 4, and the campaign by the Ministry of Defence from December 1 to 7 to spread awareness about the armed forces.
Modi also recalled the naval strength of the Chola empire in south India. “This country, our land, has an unbreakable bond with oceans. When we look into our history, we come to know that about 800 to 900 years ago, during the rule of the Cholas, the Chola navy was considered one of the strongest navies,” he said.
PM praises MP boy for swachh initiative
Tushar, an eight-year-old deaf and mute boy from Kumhari village in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat district, found a special mention in PM Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat speech. Praising
him for his efforts to make his village free from open defecation, Modi said, “Such examples are an inspiration for all of us.” He said such a comprehensive work undertaken by such a small boy was possible only due to his commitment and passion for the cause.
“There is neither any age nor any limit for cleanliness. Be it a child or an aged person, woman or man, cleanliness is a must for all and every person needs to make some contribution for cleanliness,” he said. Tushar moved from door-to-door at 5 in the morning every day, whistling to wake villagers up and asking them not to defecate in the open. He used to visit 30-40 houses daily and educate the villagers.