Mann Ki Baat


  • By Keya /Current Affairs /9 months ago /26

Mann Ki Baat:

In English, Mann Ki Baat means a heart to heart discussion. 

In India, Mann Ki Baat is is a radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he addresses the people of the nation on All India Radio, DD National and DD News. The show is on Air since 3 October 2014. The Prime Minister addresses the entire nation through this every month. Radio has a far better reach than television and hence, this was chosen as the medium.

The response from the target audience is very positive especially from the urban class.

In his Mann Ki Baat episode aired in December 2019, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi asserted on the power that the youth has and how it can be used in transforming India. With a forever access to social media, any wrongdoings or illogical decisions will not be tolerated by the youth. Any such acts will be highlighted and can also go viral.

Development of skills is the sure shot way to success. People should take up more and more development based programs like in the example of West Champaran where a school alumni group organized a free health check-up for villagers. More of such initiatives can help strenghthen the infrastructure. 

Another example that Modi referred to was about the self help group of women in Uttar Pradesh who started manufacturing footwear under the Grameen Ajeevika Mission now have a manufacturing plant with modern machinery.

Few other examples that he quoted where development of skills won over bookish knowledge are: 

  • Himayat is a skill development program in Jammu & Kashmir under which 18000 youths are being trained and 5000 people employed
  • Faiyaz Ahmad could not continue with his studies after class 12th because of heart disorder. He pursued a course in Information Technology Enabled Services and is currently employed in Punjab.
  • He also spoke about Raqeeb from Anant Nag who did a course in retail and works as a team leader in a corporate house. 

In the latest episode, the PM said violence never resolves any issue. "No problem in the world can be solved by creating another. It can be solved by seeking an optimal solution," he said in an apparent reference to violence during anti-CAA protests. The insurgency situation in the North-east has reduced drastically. The surrender of 644 militants in Assam and 80 in Tripura last year has been milestone achievement and basis of this, the PM requested everyone to resolve all issues peacefully. Dialogue is the best way to resolve all issues. Through the show, he appealed, “On the solemn occasion of Republic Day, I would appeal to anyone in any part of the country who is still seeking solutions to problems through violence and weapons to return to the mainstream. They should have faith in their own capabilities and the capabilities of this country to resolve issues peacefully.”

“Have you ever heard of a place where life has turned better due to violence? Violence never resolves any issue. No problem in the world can be solved by creating another problem,” the PM said.

The show is a genuine attempt on part of the PM to connect to the masses. This is proved by the fact that in the entire journey of this program, he has never used this forum to promote BJP and consciously refrained from referring to his political party.