"But, the farmers in Kapkot village chose to come out of this situation and adopted a value addition process and changed the loss incurring equation into a profit-earning one", the Prime Minister said in his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat". "Within a few days from now the holy month of Ramazan will dawn upon us". He also spoke on Rabindranath Tagore's forthcoming birth anniversary, discussed the need for water conservation, achievements under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and asked the youths and the students to join the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the national cleanliness scheme.
Modi appreciated women athletes for their stellar performance.
In this context, he mentioned about several bawdis (stepwells) in various states, including Gujarat and Rajasthan and said, "Those of you who might be getting a chance to visit Tamil Nadu might have noticed that in some temples in the state, there are carvings on stone depicting irrigation system, water conservation methods and drought management".
#11:09 AM: Yoga is a wonderful way to remain fit. "Not just that, those interns who accomplish their tasks well will be awarded two credit points each by the UGC", Modi said.
PM Modi also announced a Swachh Bharat Summer Internship for college-going students, NCC cadets, NSS jawans and other youngsters. His life taught people to walk the path of equality and brotherhood, Modi said. He expressed hope that the opportunity will inspire people to follow the Prophet's message of peace and goodwill. He said, architect of the constitution Dr B R Ambedkar stressed that Lord Buddha has been a great inspiration in his social philosophy. He also told the listeners that his government is making efforts to develop Buddhist tourism infrastructure with an aim to connect Southeast Asia with archaic Indian Buddhist site.
People in India must be proud of the fact that the country was Lord Buddha's birthplace. "Lord Buddha's teachings show the way to eradicate hatred".
During his address, PM Modi took us back 20 years in time to 11th May 1998, Buddha Purnima day, when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had tested its nuclear capability & the then PM's address to the nation that surcharged the whole country with pride, courage and elation.