At a time when the farmers are fighting against the new farm laws with tooth and nail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly radio address—Mann Ki Baat—hailed the new laws as game-changer. PM Modi said that the farm laws recently enacted by the Centre have provided independence to farmers and guaranteed them several new rights and opportunities.
PM Modi said, “Since ages, these demands of farmers which at one point of time or the other all political parties had promised to them, have now been fulfilled. After deep deliberations, Parliament recently passed farm reform laws,” he said.
“These reforms have not only freed the farmers from various shackles but have also given them new rights and opportunities. In such a short span of time, these rights have started reducing the problems of farmers,” he added.
The prime minister also touched upon various other topics ranging from the idol of goddess Annapurna, stolen in 1913 from Varanasi, being brought back to India from Canada to emphasising that educational institutions should harness the strengths and talents of their alumni.
PM Modi remembers Guru Nanak Dev
Remembering Guru Nanak Dev, whose birth anniversary is on Monday, Modi lauded his noble ideals and added that he considered himself to be fortunate for his involvement in various works related to Sikh gurus and gurudwaras.
He also hailed the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor in November last year as historic. In his remarks, PM Modi also talked about a gurudwara in Kutch, which is considered very sacred and special.
In the broadcast, he remembered the work of Dr Salim Ali, an Indian ornithologist and naturalist. “There are many clubs and societies that are passionate about bird watching. I hope you all discover more about them,” he said.
The culture of India is gaining popularity all over the world, he noted.
“One such effort is by Jonas Masetti, who is based in Brazil and popularises Vedanta as well as the Gita among people there. He uses technology effectively to popularise our culture and ethos,” Modi said.
The prime minister also lauded Gaurav Sharma, the MP for Hamilton West, New Zealand, for taking his oath of office in Sanskrit.
Farmer protest enters 4th day
Thousands of farmers continue to camp in and around Delhi as their protest against the centre’s contentious agricultural laws enters the fourth day. A meeting has been called this morning to hold discussions, a day after Union home minister Amit Shah reached out to protesters and assured them that the government was ready to “deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers”.
“We will discuss on how to engage in talks with the centre. We are ready for talks with the centre only if they invite us for the same,” said Ruldu Singh, state president of Punjab Kisan Union which is among the 500 organisations that are part of the protest.
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