Updated on December 3rd, 2018
“My dear countrymen, Namaskar. On the 3rd of October, 2014, the pious occasion of Vijayadashmi, we embarked upon a journey together through the medium of ‘Mann Ki Baat’. This journey has reached its 50th episode today. Thus, this Golden Jubilee Episode is indeed gilt-edged in every sense of the term,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he completed 50 episodes of his monthly radio broadcast ‘Mann Ki Baat‘on November 25.
Since its launch on on October 3, 2014, Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has emerged as a refreshing, bold and innovative cross-platform to engage with Indians from every walk of society.
Here are 50 takeaways from 50 episodes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’:
1. In the first episode of Mann Ki Baat in October 2014, PM Modi urged citizens to use at least one khadi product, saying it would help poor weavers. A statement from the PMO after the episode, claimed that the sale of khadi products went up by 120 per cent.
2. PM Modi dedicated the entire December 2014 episode to making India drug-free. This idea was from a listener. He requested all those active on the social media to create a continuous online movement by using #DrugsFreeIndia hashtag.
3. The episode in January 2015, was the first ever joint radio address by an Indian Prime Minister and an American President. PM Modi and then US President Barack Obama shared some personal stories and accounts and answered questions like “what makes you smile after a long day at work?” or “did you ever think you would reach the position you have reached today?”
4. PM Modi discussed how exams should be celebrated as a festival. The PM followed it up with a book titled “Exam Warriors” which discussed how to deal with exam pressure as well as a community-driven initiative to make exams fun.
5. In May 2015, the PM talked extensively about June 21 being declared by the United Nations as the ‘International Yoga Day’.
6. In June 2015, the prime minister shared the account of a Haryana village sarpanch who launched #SelfieWithDaughter campaign and the hashtag soon became a social media rage with millions of posts from citizens from all walks of life — celebrities, national as well as global leaders.
7. In another ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, Modi urged the youth to participate in large numbers in the ‘run for unity’ being organised on October 31 to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.
8. “This year, October 31 will be special as the statue of unity will be dedicated to the nation as a “true tribute” to Sardar Patel,” the Prime Minister said. Built on the banks of River Narmada in Gujarat, the structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
9. “This is the world’s tallest statue. Every Indian will now be proud to see the world’s tallest statue here on Indian soil. Sardar Patel, a true son of the soil will adorn our skies too.”
10. In his address, the Prime Minister paid tributes to late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, on October 31. “October 31 also is the death anniversary of our former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Our respectful tributes to Indira Ji too.”
11. The Prime Minister pointed out that Infantry Day is observed every year on October 27 as the first Indian soldiers had set their foot in Jammu and Kashmir to take on intruders from Pakistan.
12. Modi recalled that in January 1947, the Time magazine profiled Patel and described him as a person who possessed the capability to unite the country and “heal wounds”.
13. Mahatma Gandhi, considered Patel as the only one capable of finding a lasting solution to the vexed issue of the states and asked him to act: PM Modi.
14. “Sardar Patel formulated solutions one by one, weaving the warp and weft of unity on the axis of a single thread. He ensured the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India. Whether Junagadh, Hyderabad, Travancore, or for that matter the princely states of Rajasthan, if we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Sardar Patel.”
15. The Prime Minister paid homage to the Indian Army and their families, as part of the Infantry Day celebrations.
16. We celebrate ‘Infantry Day’ on 27 October. A salute to the Indian Armed Forces and their families.
17. India is setting new records not just in the field of sports, but also in hitherto uncharted areas.
18. “I recently met Para athletes who participated in Asian Para Games 2018 held at Jakarta, who bagged tally of 72 medals. A must mention of Para Athlete Narayan Thakur”.
19. India has golden history in Hockey and players of Indian Hockey Team are encouraging younger generation till today.
20. The world today is discussing about ways to protect environment and trying to find ways to adopt balanced life style.
21. The tribal and indigenous people in India are examples of coexistence with nature.
22. Tribal communities make their dwelling units using natural eco-friendly material.
23. The Bishnoi community in the desert land of Rajasthan has shown us a way of protecting the environment.
24. The Bhil tribes of Central India — Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, worship Peepal and Arjun trees.
25. This year 11 November holds special significance as the day when World War-I ended 100 years ago. Our soldiers fought with valour and sacrificed their lives. They proved it to the world that they are second to none when it comes to war.
26. According to estimates, around 1 crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives.
27. Sikkim recently, won the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 for encouraging sustainable food system awarded by UN body ‘Food & Agriculture Organisation’ – FAO.
28. Come November and the festival season has set in – Dhanteras, Deepawali, Bhaiya Dooj, Chhatth Puja.
29. These festivals help us make firm resolves in life. The more you progress, more will country progress.
30. Every Rupee Spent Should Benefit The Needy: PM Modi
PM Modi said if money spent by people on buying goods helps those who have made it and put in their skill and money, it would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
31. Inclusive growth would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
32. Modi thanked people from all walks of life for participating in ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ campaign which began on September 15 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
33. Swachh Bharat Mission or Clean India Mission has become a success story not only in India but in the entire world: Modi.
34.”This time India is hosting the biggest sanitation convention of the world so far, the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention. Sanitation ministers from countries across the world and experts on the subject of sanitation will converge and share their experiments and experiences.” The convention concluded on October 2.
35. “Can we remember Bapu for a moment while going out for shopping? … Can we spare a thought while purchasing anything as to who in my country will benefit by this purchase! Whose face will sport a smile! Who will be the fortunate one to get a direct or indirect benefit from your purchase! I will feel much happier if my purchase will benefit the poorest of the poor.”
36. If money spent by people on buying goods helps those who have made it and put in their skill and money, it would be a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
37. “Shastriji had a unique quality … he was very humble outwardly but he was rock solid from inside. His slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” is the hallmark of his grand personality. It was the result of his selfless service to the nation that in a brief tenure of about one and a half years he gave to our jawans and farmers the mantra to reach the pinnacle of success.”
38. “It is now clear that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to those who try to disrupt the atmosphere of peace”.
39. “It is now clear that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to those who try to disrupt the atmosphere of peace and progress in our country. We believe in peace and are committed to preserve it, but not at the cost of our self-respect and sovereignty.” PM Modi’s radio address comes a day after India marked the second anniversary of the Army’s surgical strike that destroyed terror camps across the Line of Control or LoC in September 2016.
40.”India is committed to world peace. India’s youth must know more about the valour of our armed forces.” Hours before his radio address was broadcast to people across the country, India and Pakistan had just finished duelling in the UN General Assembly, with foreign minister Sushma Swaraj decimating Pakistan over not doing enough to end terrorism.
41. “Our more than one lakh soldiers have sacrificed their lives for peace in two World Wars. They made the sacrifice when India had no relation in those wars. Our intention has never been to occupy the lands of other countries. Our only commitment was to maintain peace.” PM Modi recalled India’s contribution to maintaining peace in the world.
42. “Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) gave an inspirational mantra to all of us which is known as Gandhi Ji’s talisman. This mantra is extremely relevant today.” In the same Mann Ki Baat, Modi congratulated the National Human Rights Commission on completing 25 years.
43. We remember the surgical strike carried out in 2016, where our soldiers gave a befitting reply to the proxy war under the garb of terrorism.
44. It is now known that our soldiers can give a fitting reply to those trying to disrupt peace and progress in the country.
45. We recently celebrated 100 years of the Haifa War of Israel on 23 September, we remembered the brave soldiers of Mysore, Hyderabad & Jodhpur Lancers who liberated Haifa.
46. We celebrate Air Force Day on 8 October; from a small beginning with six pilots and 19 airmen in 1932, our Air Force has become one of the most powerful Air Forces of 21st Century. I salute all air warriors and their families for their service to nation.
47. The Air Force is the best example of gender equality in this country. India can proudly say that women’s contribution is growing in the Air Force.
48. Abhilash Tomy is a brave officer who fought for his life. We were all worried for him as to how we could have saved his life. “I talked to Commander Abhilash Tomy over the phone. Even after coming out of such a huge crisis, his passion and courage is an inspiration, it is indeed an example for the youth of the nation.”
49. He fought for his life without any food or water. I salute him. I hope he will inspire the youth.
50. Dwelling on justice for women, PM Narendra Modi amentioned how his government had ensured stricter punishment for rapists.
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