In his last edition of 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme of the year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded the resilience of the people amid the coronavirus pandemic and the country's shift towards indigenous products.
"The coronavirus brought many obstacles in the world regarding the supply chain, but we took new lessons from every crisis," PM Modi said, adding that the spirit of "Aatmanirbhar Bharat" was seen in the year gone by.
PM Modi said in most letters he received, people mentioned India's togetherness in times of lockdown. He had earlier sought people's view on 2020, and also what they look forward to in the coming year, for his address.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Sikh saint Guru Govind Singh, urging the nation not to "squander the sacrifices" made by him. "The martyrdom made by Guru Govind Singh's family did a great work of protecting our civilisation. We are indebted to this martyrdom," he said.
Meanwhile, farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm sector laws clanged thalis and raised slogans amid the Mann ki Baat broadcast this morning. The protest took place in Rohtak in BJP-ruled Haryana.
Here are the Highlights on PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat:
The Prime Minister said that while the discussions around the coronavirus pandemic took precedence this year, the work towards "Swachh Bharat" also went on with full vigour.
We remember the noble teachings in the sacred Gita.- PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2020
One of the things the sacred Gita teaches us- to keep learning.
Meet someone who is living these teachings, at the age of 92! #MannKiBaatpic.twitter.com/igdFsYY5U1
"Through this, we want to make Kashmiri saffron a globally popular brand," PM Modi said.
India's youth is blessed with 'Can Do spirit' and 'Will Do approach.'- PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2020
PM @narendramodi highlights a remarkable effort in Karnataka in which a team of youngsters worked towards restoring a Temple to its original glory. #MannKiBaatpic.twitter.com/EkbUNh42Pw
The people of India have taken many steps forward and are getting vocal for local.- PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 27, 2020
Our manufacturers are also thinking about making top quality products.
This will boost the efforts towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat. #MannKiBaatpic.twitter.com/KcJr5zcrOf
The Prime Minister in a tweet on Saturday said that Akashvani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast on All India Radio, DD and Narendra Modi mobile app.