New Delhi: Addressing the nation in 79th edition of his monthly radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the ‘Nation First, Always First’ mantra, saying that as the country enters its 75th year of Independence, every citizen should lead a “Bharat Jodo Andolan” in the same manner as Mahatma Gandhi had led the “Bharat Chhoro Andolan”.Also Read - Maharashtra Rain: 2 Dead in Landslide, PM Modi Reviews Situation With CM Uddhav Thackeray | Top Developments

PM Modi noted that on the coming August 15, India will enter its 75th year of Independence and highlighted that Amrit Mahotsav is being celebrated throughout the country to mark that year.

The need of the nation is to unite and work towards national progress, PM Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday.

“We must move forward with ‘Nation First, Always First’ mantra”

“Just like Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) led the ‘Bharat Chhoro Andolan’ (Quit India movement), every Indian must lead the ‘Bharat Jodo Andolan (Unite India Movement)’. It is our responsibility that we do our work in such a manner that it helps in uniting our country which is full of diversities ,” PM Modi said.

“We have to move forward with Nation First, Always First,” he asserted.

Many programmes in connection with Amrit Mahotsav are being run, the prime minister said, adding that the Ministry of Culture has started an initiative to have maximum number of Indians sing the national anthem together. For this, a website, rashtragan.in, too has been created.

“With the help of this website, you can render the national anthem and record it, thereby getting connected with the campaign. I hope you connect yourselves with this novel initiative. In the days to come, you will get to see many such campaigns and efforts,” he said.

PM Modi on cheering for India in Tokyo Olympics 2022:

The prime minister urged people to keep encouraging and supporting Indian athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics. PM Modi called on the people to support the Indian Olympics team on social media by joining the ‘Victory Punch Campaign’ which has already begun.

Urging people to share victory punch along with team and cheer for India, PM Modi said, “These sportspersons have reached where they are after overcoming numerous hurdles in life. Today, they possess strength of your love and support. Come let’s extend our good wishes to all of them, encourage them.”

He added, “At Tokyo Olympics, watching Indian sportspersons’ march carrying Tricolour exhilarated not just me but the entire country, as if the whole country unitedly exhorted her warriors saying, ‘Vijayi Bhava’ (emerge victorious)!”

“Don’t forget COVID protocol in festivals”
 
“During festivals and gaiety, do remember that corona is not yet gone from amidst us. You don’t have to forget corona-related protocols,” PM Modi said.

On remembering Kargil Vijay Diwas:

Noting that on July 26 the nation will mark Kargil Vijay Diwas, the prime minister asked people of the country to pay tributes to those who made our nation proud in 1999.

He also remembered the Kargil war and said that it is one symbol of bravery and patience on the part of India’s Armed Forces which the whole world has watched. “I wish you read the enthralling saga of Kargil, let us all bow to the bravehearts of Kargil.”

“In Mann Ki Baat, we talk about positive things”

Talking about his Mann Ki Baat programme, he said it celebrates positivity and collectivity.

“I am unable to take up all the inputs I receive for Mann Ki Baat but I do forward many of them to government departments concerned, he said.

In the broadcast, he also cited a study done MyGov to highlight that out of those sending messages and suggestions for Mann Ki Baat close to 75 per cent are below the age of 35 years.

“I view this as a very good indicator. Mann Ki Baat is a medium which has positivity, sensitivity. In Mann Ki Baat, we talk about positive things; its character is collective,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)