Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ today. He began his address by extending his greetings on Chhath Puja. Narendra Modi said that everyone should live in peace and harmony and move ahead to carve a better and peaceful tomorrow as India has always been giving a message to maintain peace, unity and harmony to the world.
In his 37th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, PM shared his experience of celebrating Diwali festival with Indian Jawans. He said that it was unforgettable experience for him. Jawans of Indian security forces plays an important role not only on Indian borders but also in establishing peace. He said, as UN peacekeepers, Indian soldiers are bringing glory to the nation in the comity of nations.
Prime Minister said that everybody appriciates the efforts and constructive role of the United Nations in establishing peace throughout the world,”and with the belief in Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam India has been cooperating very actively in various important initiatives taken by the UN.”He said that both the preface of the Indian Constitution and the UN Charter starts with the words ‘We the people’. More than 18 thousand Indian security personnel have lent their services in ‘UN Peacekeeping Operations’ and presently, about seven thousand Indian soldiers are associated with UN Peacekeeping initiatives which is the third highest number of soldiers from any country. He said, till August this year, Indian soldiers had lent their services in about 50 of the total of 71 Peacekeeping operations undertaken by the UN the world over.
PM also mentioned that Indian women have played a leading role in peace keeping efforts and India was the first country which sent a female police unit to Liberia for the United Nations Peace Mission.India’s contribution is not limited to just peacekeeping operations but it is also providing training to peacekeepers from eighty five countries. He said, the brave peacekeepers from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Gautam Budha have sent a message of peace and amity around the world. The Prime Minister remembered brave UN Peacekeepers, Captain Gurbachan Singh Salaria who laid down his life while fighting in Congo in Africa and Lieutenant General Prem Chand who carved a special niche for themselves in Cyprus, General Thimaiyya who lead the UN Peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Prime Minister sad that India has always stressed on the importance of equality for women and the UN Declaration of Human Rights is a living example of this. In the initial phrase, it was proposed as all men are born free and equal which was amended and adopted as all human beings are born free and equal with the efforts of the Indian representative Hansa Mehta.
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