New Delhi, June 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded Indian Cricket team for their gesture during test match against Afghanistan. Addressing the 45th episode of the monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM said,”The winning Indian cricket team showed sportsmanship in asking the Afghanistan team to pose together for photographs, sports is an excellent route to unite society and to showcase skills of our youth.” Also Read - 'This is What a Failed Lockdown Looks Like', Rahul Gandhi Ups Ante Against Govt Over COVID-19 Crisis
He also talked about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as it is set to complete one year in July. “GST is to complete one year. People’s ‘One Nation, One Tax’ dream has now been changed into reality today. For this, I gives credit to the states. GST is the best example of cooperative federalism. As all the states took a collective decision for the welfare of the country, such a big tax reform could be delivered,” PM Modi stated in his Radio Programme. The Prime Minister added that there were no checkposts now and the inflow and outflow of products had increased because of the GST. “GST not only helped in saving time it also helped in the field on logistic,” Modi claimed. Also Read - Madurai Salon Owner Spends Savings on Needy Amid COVID-19, 13-Year-Old Daughter Appointed UNADAP Goodwill Ambassador
PM also recalled Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mukherjee saying,”He (Shyama Prasad Mookerjee) became the first Industry Minister of India and laid a solid foundation to the country’s industrialisation. The first industrial policy of independent India had Mookerjee’s signature all over it. Also Read - World Environment Day: 'Reiterate Pledge to Save Our Planet's Rich Biodiversity', Says PM Modi
“The most important thing for Mookerjee was the country’s unity and integrity and for this he had to lay down his life at the age of just 52 years,” Modi added. Notably, Mookerjee died on April 23, 1953 at age 52 in Jammu and Kashmir. He was arrested on entering Kashmir on May 11, 1953 and his condition deteriorated while he was in custody. He was declared dead early on June 23 due to heart attack.
On the other hand, PM also highlighted the significance of Yoga in his monthly radio programme. “Yoga has united people around the world by going beyond the boundaries of caste, creed and geography, and helped realise the true spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumkabam – which our saints and seers have propagated since centuries,” Modi said.
Talking about the Yoga Celebration across the country on the International Yoga Day, the Prime Minister said, “Be it schools, colleges, offices, parks, high rise buildings or any playground, Yoga practitioners could be seen everywhere.”
He further hailed the Indian Army for performing yoga on land, sea and sky and said, “It was a matter of great pride for Indians to witness our armed forces performing yoga on land, sea and sky – in submarines; on the snowy mountainous terrain of Siachen and even in mid-air, some 15 thousand feet above the earth.”