NEW DELHI: In a new initiative to reach out to the maximum populace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today connected with people over radio with his 'mann ki baat', giving a pep talk on shedding despondency and use of skills for the country's betterment and prosperity.
He impressed upon the people to generate confidence among themselves, including the specially-abled children who are a responsibility of the society, and advocated the need for use of khadi products as a homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
He promised to make the radio broadcast a regular affair and invited ideas from the citizens while noting that he was encouraged by the number of suggestions he had received since it was announced that he would be addressing the nation over radio. In his 15-minute address that coincided with Dussehra, he sought to motivate people to recognise their capabilities and use them.
"You know, our scientists have undertaken the Mars mission successfully at minimum expenses. There is nothing lacking in our capabilities. We only have forgotten our strengths. We have forgotten ourselves as if we have become despondents. My brothers and sisters, this cannot be," he said.
Contending that "the 125 crore Indians are blessed with immense skill and strength", he said, "All we need to do is to understand our strengths."
To emphasise his point, the Prime Minister narrated a short story of Swami Vivekananda about how a lion brought up by sheep rediscovered his prowess after coming in touch with another lion.
"If we move ahead with self-respect and right identity, we will emerge victorious," he said.
He also referred to Mahatma Gandhi, whose birth anniversary was celebrated yesterday, and impressed upon people to use at least one khadi product, may it be a handkerchief or even a bedsheet.
"If you buy khadi, you light the lamp of prosperity in the house of a poor person," he said.