While addressing the 75th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, March 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the commencement of ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ of the 75 years of independence. PM Modi said, “My dear countrymen, you see how big a pleasant coincidence it is that today I got an opportunity to express my 75th #MannKiBaat! This very month is the one that marks the commencement of ‘#AmritMahotsav’ of the 75 years of Independence”.
“Friends, be it the struggle saga of a freedom fighter or be it the history of a place or any cultural story from the country, you can bring it to the fore during Amrit Mahotsav and you can become a means to connect the countrymen with it,” PM Modi said in Mann Ki Baat.
“You will see – by and by, Amrit Mahotsav will be filled up with similar inspiring drops of nectar and then the elixir that will flow will inspire us till a hundred years of the independence of India it will elevate the country to newer heights, begetting a fervor to do something or the other for the country,” PM Modi further added.
PM Modi also recalled the ‘struggle’ and ‘sacrifice’ that our freedom fighters did for independence and related this to a shloka of Gita. PM said, “In the struggle for freedom, our fighters underwent innumerable hardships since they considered sacrifice for the sake of the country as their duty. May the immortal saga of their sacrifice, ‘Tyaag’ and ‘Balidan continuously inspire us towards the path of duty. And as Bhagwan Krishna has said in the Gita, “Niyatam Kuru Karma Twam Karma Jyaayo Hyakarmanah”. Along the same sentiment, may all of us fulfill our assigned duties faithfully. And the Amrit Mahotsav of our freedom implies that we make new resolves and to realize those resolves, we persevere wholeheartedly with due diligence and resolves should be such that are meant for welfare of society, for the good of the country, for a bright future for India. Resolves should be such in which the self assumes one responsibility or the other, intertwined with one’s own duty. I do believe we possess this golden opportunity to embody, live the Gita.”
What is ‘Amrit Mahotsav’?
“Amrit Mahotsav’ had begun from the day of Dandi Yatra and will continue till the 15th of August, 2023. PM Modi said that the programmes in connection with Amrit Mahotsav are being held throughout the country consistently and people are sharing information and pictures of these programmes from a multitude of places.
PM gave an example of Naveen from Jharkhand and said that, “He has sent me a message on NamoApp, along with some such pictures. He has written that he watched programmes on Amrit Mahotsav and decided that he would visit at least ten places connected with the Freedom Struggle. The first name on his list is that of the birthplace of Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Naveen has written that he will disseminate stories of the tribal freedom fighters of Jharkhand to other parts of the country. Bhai Naveen, I congratulate you on your thought”.
Mann Ki Baat is an Indian radio programme hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he addresses the people of the nation on Air India and DD National. The first show was telecasted on 3rd October 2014. Today, it has completed 75 episodes.