Indian PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' to complete 100 episodes
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio program 'Mann Ki Baat' will complete its 100th edition on April 30 (Sunday).
PM Modi addresses the nation through this radio programme on the last Sunday of every month. The radio program was started on the occasion of Vijayadashami on October 3, 2014, and is broadcast in 22 Indian languages, 29 dialects, and 11 international languages through multiple platforms.
Ahead of the 100th episode of 'Mann Ki Baat', a book called 'Collective Spirit, Concrete Action' written by Shashi Shekhar Vempati, former CEO of Prasar Bharati (2017-2022), documenting various facets of PM Modi's ongoing conversations with the people that resonate with the nation, was released. The book was released during a day-long National Conclave on Mann Ki Baat @100 held in the national capital on April 26.
"Mann Ki Baat, the remarkable monthly radio programme that has taken India by storm. For over nine years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used this platform to connect with his people, sharing his thoughts, ideas and vision for the country," the cover page of the book read.
Meanwhile, Vipul Goyal, a social worker suffering from muscular dystrophy, a "largely ignored" ailment, was among the 100 special guests invited at the National Conclave: Mann Ki Baat@100, an event to celebrate 100 episodes of Prime Minister Narendra's Modi's Mann Ki Baat.
A native of Solan in Himachal Pradesh, Goyal attended the one-day conclave on April 26, Wednesday, which was also graced by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Indian Home Minister Amit Shah.
PM Modi spoke glowingly of Goyal's social work, braving his physical disability, during the 95th episode of Mann Ki Baat, which aired on Akash Vani in November last year.
"What is most encouraging is that this organisation is managed by people suffering from this disease. Take for instance, social worker Urmila Baldi-ji, president of the Indian Association Of Muscular Dystrophy, and Sanjana Goyal-ji, as well as others who are also attached to this organisation in key roles. Vipul Goyal-ji, who played an important role in the formation of this organisation, is playing a vital role in taking this institution forward.
"I heartily appreciate all the efforts being made in this direction and also wish for the recovery of those suffering from Muscular Dystrophy," PM Modi had said in his address.