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PM Modi Says, One Daughter Is Equal To 10 Sons: 10 Highlights Of ‘Mann Ki Baat’

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| January 28 , 2018 , 17:46 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country in the 40th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday. The programme started with the PM praising the growing contribution of women in every area. He cited the inspiring stories of Kalpana Chawla and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who made their immense contribution in the development of economy and society. 

Here are the key points from his address:

  • "It is in our culture to respect women. In our ancient Sanskrit teachings, it is stated that the blessings we get from the Almighty if we have one baby girl is equal to that of having 10 baby boys," PM Modi said. "A daughter is more virtuous than the ten sons, the same virtue will get from a daughter. This reflects the importance of women in our society, and only then, in our society, the woman has been given the status of Shakti" he added.

  • “I am grateful to Prakash Tripathi who in his letter to me spoke about Kalpana Chawla whose death's anniversary is on 1st Feb, she has inspired a lot of people” PM Modi remembering Kalpana Chawla in Mann Ki Baat.
  • PM Modi cited the example of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who flew in a Sukhoi-30MKI and Lt Commander Vartika Joshi under whose guidance Bhavna Kanth, Mohana Singh, and Avani Chaturvedi are sailing. “Three women Bhavna Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi have become fighter pilots and are undergoing training on Sukhoi- 30,” Modi says.

  • “There’s now transparency in Padma awards. Anyone can nominate names and a common man can also be cited for Padma awards without any recommendations” PM Modi on Padma awards.

  • “Now Padma is honoured not on the person's identity but on his or her work” PM Modi.

  • “Laxmi Kutty is a teacher in Kerala's Kallar and still resides in a hut made of palm leaves in a tribal tract amidst dense forests. She prepares 500 types of herbal medicines from her memory. She was been conferred with Padma Shree award.”
  • Referring to the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, the PM said that Bapu had shown us a new path and his ideals are extremely relevant.

    On 30th January we observe the Punya Tithi of Bapu. Peace and non-violence is what Bapu taught us. His ideals are extremely relevant today: PM Narendra Modi.
  • ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Divas’ is celebrated on January 9th for this, PM said that “on Pravasi Bhartiya Divas we celebrate the unbreakable bond between Indians living in the world.”

  • “Indian is dedicated in every field, some in cybersecurity, some in researching work on climate change. Wherever there are our people, they have equipped the earth in some way.”

  • PM Modi also showered appreciation for the women of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh. "This is a Maoist affected area, but the women there are operating e-rickshaws. This is creating opportunities, it is also changing the face of the region and is also environment-friendly," he said.