New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the Nepal earthquake and India's role in relief and rescue operations among other issues in his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address.
Here are the highlights of what he has said:
- I did not have the heart to speak my mind today. (Aaj mann ki baat karne ka mann nahi kar raha tha)
- We share the grief of our Nepali brethren.
- Nepal's pain is India's pain.
- I can easily imagine the horror of earthquakes.
- I have witnessed from close quarters the destruction of the 2001 earthquake in Kachchh.
- The first and most important task to bring out alive all those stuck under the rubble.
- We will spare no efforts to save the lives of as many people as possible.
- For many people of our country, Nepalis are our own people.
- We will endeavour to wipe the tears of every Nepali.
- 'Service is the primary duty' (Seva Paramo Dharma). This is India's role in the world.
- I had, during my recent vision to France, visited the memorial for Indian soldiers who died in World War I. I bow hy head to them.
- We are observing the 125th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar. There have been issues over land for his memorial in Mumbai.
- I am happy to tell you today that the Centre has decided to allocate the land for the set up the memorial.
- Dr Ambedkar used to keep saying that in our villages, towns and cities, not a single boy or girl should be illiterate.
- I would also like to share a happy moment with you.
- I would like to congratulate two our country's daughters - Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza.
- They have done us proud on the world stage.
- Students would be looking forward to enjoying vacations. I wish them for the same. Do enjoy yourselves and learn new things.