On ‘Mann ki Baat’, Modi praises ‘people power’

New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised “people power” by saying that his appeals to promote khadi and to give up cooking gas subsidy had fetched tremendous response.

In his Mann ki Baat radio address, which has completed 12 editions, Modi said he had learnt the power and reach of democracy through his monthly address.

“Mann ki Baat has taught me a lot, about the strength that lies in the hands of the common people to bring changes in society,” he said.

He said he had made simple suggestions to people through the radio, and “I have got response in lakhs”.

Modi said his appeal to people to suggest how to improve governance had fetched massive response, with people writing to All India Radio or to his website on gov.in.

He said the lakhs of letters he had received had opened his eyes to the numerous problems people face vis-a-vis government programmes including at the grassroots level.

Giving examples of “people power”, Modi said his mention of “selfie with daughter” had fetched lakhs of responses. “The daughter got so much of pride. This was like a silent revolution.”

Similarly, his appeal to send photos of interesting spots from across India had fetched a huge response.

People sent lakhs of beautiful pictures from all corners of the country. “Perhaps the tourism department has not got so many pictures of India, and the government has not spent any money.”

Referring to his first Mann ki Baat address in October last year, Modi said he had asked people to buy khadi.

“In the past year, khadi sales have doubled, not due to government intervention but due to the awareness of the people.”

Similarly, his suggestion that people give up the subsidy on cooking gas cylinders had prompted 30 lakh families to respond positively.

He said many of them were from lower middle class. “Is this not a silent evolution?” he asked.

Modi said the government can work together with the society like a catalyst to bring about changes.

The prime minister also said that on his urging, people had telephoned to give suggestions.

The 55,000 calls had come from all parts of India, from Siachen in the north to Kutch in the west, and from Kamrup in the east to Kanyakumari in the south.

He said he had attended to some of the telephone calls personally, and his government was working on some of the suggestions.

None of the callers had anything negative to say about his government, he added.


  1. ಅಯ್ಯೋ ಪ್ರವಾದಿ ಸೇವಕ್ರೆ ! ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಮ್ಹನ್ ಕಿ ಬಾತ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಬಿಡ್ರಿ.

    ಈಗ ಧನ್ನ್ ಕಿ ಬಾತ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

  2. praised “people power” by saying that his appeals to promote khadi and to give up cooking gas subsidy had fetched tremendous response. -PM Modi

    Dear readers,

    Father of nation massed the ‘people power’ against British Raj behind ‘Ahimsa’ through his ‘Satyagraha’.Salt production and distribution in India had long been a lucrative monopoly of the British. Gandhi waged against British rule in India that extended into early 1931 and garnered Gandhi widespread support among the Indian populace and considerable worldwide attention. He gave up his western suit and spinned Khadi to ware one piece drap.

    His ‘swadeshi’ movement directly benefited the local artisans and industries in India, and gave a boost to Indian Economy. In addition it infused a spirit of nationalism among Indians. Particularly the Khadi movement, which formed a part of swadeshi movement made a major contribution in this direction. Khadi refers to coarse hand woven cloth made from hand spun yarn, and this movement involved wearing only such cloth. This movement gave Indians a means for giving vent to their nationalistic feeling, as well as a visible symbol of their determination to defy the British. This helped to build a large and strong community of Indians openly displaying their defiance and determination.

    Let them start implementing thoughts with 10 Crores registered BJP members in the party. The Crude oil is became less in Internationl Brent but Indians are charged almost the same when crude in it’s peak of $150.

    PM Modi’s governement should emphasises ‘Safety of daughter’ rather than ‘Selfie with daughter’.Let him shun designer wear and adopted ‘Khadi’.preach to the choir is not the solution but a disconnect. A Radio can’t be a bridge to the people in distress.Copying and rebranding the ideas of great leader will only be consider publicity stunt.

    Jai hind

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