Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi’s 44th address to the Nation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in his 44th edition of the monthly programme “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday. He remembered the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his 54th death anniversary and also paid tribute to Veer Savarkar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the people to shun low-grade plastic and polythene, saying it was creating a negative impact on the environment, wildlife and the health of the people.

He asked the people to observe the World Environment Day on June 5 with vigour, and that it was time to concentrate on tree plantation.

Planting saplings is not enough, people should ensure that they care for a plant till it becomes a tree, Modi said. “Protecting environment and being sensitive towards nature should come naturally. The recent dust storms accompanied by rains was unseasonal. The climate pattern led to the loss of life and property. It is a result of change in weather pattern,” he said in his monthly ‘Mann ki baat’ radio address.

He said India was proud to host the World Environment Day this year, which is a major achievement for the country. It, he said, was an acknowledgment of India’s efforts to lead the world in reducing the effects of climate change.

Modi also referred to the International Yoga Day on June 21.Quoting an ancient text, he said practising yogic exercises on a regular basis leads to imbibing benefic attributes which stand by our side like relatives and friends.

The practice of yoga leads to building up of courage, which always protects us like a father. The practice of yoga leads to germination of a sense of forgiveness in the same manner as a mother has for her children and mental peace becomes our permanent friend, Modi said.

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