PM’s Mann Ki Batt: Sports, Sanskrit, Sustainable Energy and Much More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 80th edition of Mann Ki Baat addressed the Nation on significance of sports and the renewed vigour with which sports was being accepted by Indian youth post the myriad of successes at the Tokyo Olympics. Not restricted to playing the sports, Indians are now looking for opportunities to engage with sports through multiple ways.

Stressing on the importance of being connected to spirituality through traditions and sanskaars, Prime Minister highlighted the significance of festivals including Janmashtami, Krishna. Through multiple examples, he shared how Swachh Bharat can be a great agent to self-reliance. Role of Sanskrit towards strengthening national unity and innovative ways adopted by people to increase its global awareness were also applauded. PM Modi has always been passionate about skilling India.

Through Bhagwan Vishwakarma’s example, he reminded India that our sages and seers have emphasized on skill and scale for thousands of years. They have interlinked skill, talent, ability with faith, thereby making it a part of the philosophy of our lives.

 Here are the key takeaways from the speech:

Young India is Reimagining Sports: Energetic, Aspirational, Excellence
  • Birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand ji is celebrated as National Sports Day, in commemoration. Entire life of Dhyanchand ji was dedicated to Sport and that is why today, when the youth of the country, our sons and daughters are visibly drawn towards sports, with even parents experiencing happiness on children coming forward in sports; this eagerness that one can see all over itself is a great tribute to Major Dhyanchand ji.
  • Today’s young mind does not want to tread readymade beaten paths; it wants to carve out newer paths. It wants to step on unknown territory. New destinations, new goals as well, new roads, new aspirations as well!
  • Some time ago, when India opened her Space Sector, within no time the young generation lapped up the opportunity.
  • Today, the start-up culture is expanding even to smaller cities and I am seeing it as an indication of a bright future. Just a few days ago, toys in our country were being discussed.
  • Generally, what had crept into our fabric was acceptance of mediocrity…”It happens”, “It’s okay – this will do”! But now I’m noticing my country’s young minds focusing themselves on excellence. They want to do the best, using the best methods. This too will emerge as a major force for the nation.
  • This time, the Olympics have created a major impact. The events at the Olympics are over; the Paralympics are going on. Whatever our country earned in this world of Sports may be little in comparison with the world, but enough has happened to bolster our belief.
  • Today, it is not that the youth is just watching sports…the youth is also looking at possibilities associated with Sports, observing the entire ecosystem minutely, comprehending its potential, wishing to connect with it in some way or the other.
  • It is only through collective endeavour of all that India will attain glorious heights in Sports that she rightfully deserves. On the course charted by people such as Major Dhyanchand ji we have to move forward…it’s our responsibility.
Spirituality, Traditions, Sankar
  • When the people of the world pay heed to Indian spiritual systems and philosophy today, then we also have a responsibility to carry forward these great traditions. That which has perished has to be left behind, but that which is timeless has to be carried forward. Let us celebrate our festivals, understand its scientific meaning, and the connotation behind it.
  • There is an underlying message in every festival; there is a Sanskar as well. We not only have to know it, live it and pass it on as a legacy for generations to come. I once again wish all the countrymen a very Happy Janmashtami.
Role of Swachh Bharat in Achieving Self-Reliance
  • Our Indore has remained at number one in ‘Swachh Bharat Ranking’ for many years. Now the people of Indore do not want to sit satisfied with this ranking of Swachh Bharat, they want to move forward, want to do something new. And now they have decided to maintain a ‘Water Plus City’ and are striving for it with all their might. ‘Water Plus City’ means a city where no sewage is dumped into any public water source without treatment.
  • A Cleanliness campaign has also been started and due to this the polluted water draining in the Saraswati and Kanh rivers has also reduced considerably and an improvement is visible.
  • Rajendra Prasad Agricultural University in Madhubani and the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra have jointly made a worthy effort. Not only farmers are accruing benefit from this scheme but it has also imparted renewed vigour to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The name of this initiative of the university is – “Sukhet Model”
  • The purpose of the Sukhet model is to reduce pollution in the villages. Under this model, dung and other household waste is collected from the farmers of the village and in return the villagers are given money for cooking gas cylinders.
  • There are four benefits of the Sukhet model that are directly visible. One, the village is freed from pollution; the second is that the village is freed from filth, the third is that the money for the LPG cylinder goes to the villagers and the fourth is that the farmers of the village get bio- fertilizer.
  • This is the basis of self-reliance. I appeal that every panchayat of the country should also think of doing something like this in their respective villages.
  • Now look at our Kanjirangal Panchayat of Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu. Here the Gram Panchayat along with the local people has started an indigenous project to generate electricity from waste in their village. The garbage is collected from the entire village, electricity is generated from it and the residual products are also sold as pesticides. The capacity of this village power plant is to dispose of two tonnes of waste per day. The electricity generated from this power plant is utilized for streetlights and other needs of the village. The money saved by the Panchayat through this scheme is being used for other developmental works.
Sanskrit : Divinity, Knowledge, Heritage
  • ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is no longer confined to the borders of India. There is a discussion on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in different corners of the world too.
  • RJ Ganga is a member of a group of Radio Jockeys in Gujarat. Her other companions are RJ Neelam, RJ Guru and RJ Hetal. All of them together in Gujarat, in Kevadiya are currently engaged in enhancing respect for the Sanskrit language. And the radio jockeys are such that they wear multiple hats simultaneously. They also serve as guides, and also run the Community Radio Initiative, Radio Unity 90 FM. These RJs talk to their listeners in Sanskrit language, providing them with information in Sanskrit.
  • Through its thoughts and medium of literary texts, Sanskrit helps nurture knowledge and also national unity, strengthens it. Sanskrit literature comprises the divine philosophy of humanity and knowledge which can captivate anyone’s attention.
  • The efforts which have been made in recent times have brought a new awareness about Sanskrit. Now is the time to increase our efforts in this direction. It is our collective duty to cherish our heritage, preserve it, pass it on to the new generation and future generations also have a right to it. Now is the time to increase everyone’s efforts for these works as well.
Bhagwan Vishwakarma : Interlinks Skill, Talent, Ability with Faith
  • Bhagwan Vishwakarma is considered as a symbol of the creative power behind the genesis of the world. Whoever through their skill, builds an object innovates, whether it is sewing-embroidery, software or satellite, all this is a manifestation of Bhagwan Vishwakarma.
  • Even though skill is being recognized in a new way in the world today, our sages and seers have emphasized on skill and scale for thousands of years. They have interlinked skill, talent, ability with faith, thereby making it a part of the philosophy of our lives.
  • Our Vedas have also dedicated many sookta to Bhagwan Vishwakarma. Whichever great creations are there, whatever new and big works have been done, our scriptures ascribe them to Bhagwan Vishwakarma. It is in a way a symbol of the thought that whatever development and innovation is happening in the world happens only through skills.
  • The worship of Bhagwan Vishwakarma is also not to be completed only with formalities. We have to respect the talent; we have to work hard to be skilled. We should be proud to be skilled. When we do something new, innovate something, create something that will benefit the society, make people’s life easier, then our Vishwakarma Puja will be meaningful.
  • This is the time of the 75th year of our Independence. This year we have to make new resolutions every day, think new, and bolster our spirit to do something new. When India completes one hundred years of Independence, then only these resolutions of ours will be seen in the foundation of its successes.
  • And in the midst of all these efforts, we have one more thing to remember. दवाई भी, कड़ाई भी…vaccinate and take precautions. More than 62 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country, but still, we have to be careful, be vigilant.