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PM Modi says farmers key to Aatmanirbhar Bharat

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After facing flak from the farming community for the three controversial farm bills and an intensifying protest across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that farmers are key to an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

PM Modi was addressing the nation through his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’.

Notably, the Centre ensured the passage of the controversial bills last week amid severe criticism of the Opposition parties that boycotted parliamentary proceedings. In fact, eight Opposition MPs were suspended for “unruly behaviour” during the discussion on the bills.

What did PM Modi say?

PM Modi during his radio address said that farmers are playing a major role in the efforts to build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

“Our agriculture sector has shown its prowess during the coronavirus pandemic. The agricultural sector, our farmers, our villages are the basis of a self-reliant India. The foundation of self-reliant India will be strengthened if it becomes strong,” the prime minister said.

He added, “Agriculture sector will benefit immensely with greater use of technology in farming.”

PM Modi spoke on importance of stories & folklore

The prime minister also spoke about the importance of stories and folklore in the Indian culture. In his address, PM Narendra Modi stressed on the “thriving tradition of storytelling” in the country and hailed the initiatives that popularise stories from rural India.

“History of stories is as old as human civilization. Where there is a soul there is a story. Stories bring to the fore creative and sensitive aspect of one’s personality, stories are interactive. On one side is storyteller, on the other, listeners or the readers.”

“Stories compel you to think. Stories for the children hone their creativity and define their identity and personality. There has been a thriving tradition of storytelling in India,” he said.

“We are proud that we are citizens of the country where there has been a tradition of ‘hitopdesh’ and ‘Panchatantra’. Where, in the stories, an imaginary world of animals and birds was created so that words of wisdom and intellect be made easily understood,” he said.

 

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