Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. It was the 48th edition of the programme.

In today’s edition of Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said that the country is committed to world peace and will do everything to encourage it, but not at the cost of nation’s self-respect and sovereignty

The Prime Minister congratulated the Indian forces over the surgical strike on Pakistan saying that the Army will give a befitting reply to anyone who tries to destroy the atmosphere of peace or progress in India.

Here are the highlights from PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat:

 

  • We believe in peace and we will do everything to encourage it but not at the cost of our self-respect and the country’s sovereignty. India is committed to world peace. Despite not having anything to do with the two World Wars in the 20th century, more than one lakh Indian soldiers spread the message of peace and harmony.
  • It has now been decided that our soldiers will give a befitting reply to whosoever makes an attempt to destroy the atmosphere of peace and progress in our nation.
  • India has never eyed someone else’s territory maliciously. This in itself was our commitment and dedication towards peace.
  • For decades, our brave soldiers wearing blue helmets have played a stellar role in ensuring maintenance of world peace.

  • We remembered that surgical strike carried out in 2016, where our soldiers gave a befitting reply to the audacity of a proxy war under the garb of terrorism.
  • Days before Air For Day is celebrated on October 8, PM Modi said “air warriors” have proved themselves to be the cynosure of every citizen’s eye through display of sheer might in the skies
  • He also recalled the contribution of the IAF in transporting men and material to Srinagar in 1947 when Pakistani attackers had tried to capture Jammu and Kashmir. He said IAF payed a key role in 1965, 1971 and the Kargil war. He said be it the relief and rescue work or disaster management, the country is indebted to the IAF for its commendable efforts.
  • He pointed out that the Air Force has set an example in ensuring gender equality and has opened its doors for women.
  • Now, the Air Force is offering the option of permanent commission to women, besides the Short Service Commission …India can proudly claim that in the armed forces, only man-power but woman-power too is contributing equally. Women are already empowered and now getting armed too.

  • The prime minister also praised navy commander Abhilash Tomy for his courage at high seas when his boat was damaged in storm while participating in Golden Globe Race. “He fought to be afloat without food or drink. He did not accept defeat and continued to fight death. A rare example of courage, determination, strength and bravery,” Modi said.