Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday, appealed the citizens of the country to celebrate the contributions of the Nari Shakti (Women Power) of India. In the Mann Ki Baat address, PM Modi asserted that on Diwali 2019, citizens share the talents and contributions of their daughters with the hashtag - #BharatKiLaxmi - to celebrate their spirit across the world. The Prime Minister added that daughters are the harbingers of luck and prosperity.
"This Diwali, let us welcome Goddess Lakshmi in a new way. In our culture, daughters are considered harbingers of luck and prosperity. This time, let us organise public functions to honour the daughter. There may be many daughters around us who might have brought laurels to our family, villages and country with their talent. Let us identify such daughters and honour them, take pride in them. Share their achievements on social media under the hashtag - #BharatKiLaxmi. it should be promoted in the same spirit as #SelfieWithDaughter," PM Modi said.
On Sunday, PM Modi also extended festival greetings to the nation. Taking to Twitter, he wished the citizens of India on the first day of Navratri festival. In his tweet, he hoped that everyone is blessed with strength and peace. In another tweet, he wished that the lives of people are filled with energy and new vigour with the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi and Durga.
सभी देशवासियों को #नवरात्रि की बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। जय माता दी!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 29, 2019
शक्ति की उपासना के पावन पर्व नवरात्रि की आप सभी को बहुत-बहुत बधाई। मां दुर्गा हम सबके जीवन में नई ऊर्जा, नई उमंग और नए उत्साह का संचार करें। जय अंबे जगदंबे मां!
On this edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also joined PM Modi in a telephonic conversation. PM Modi extended birthday wishes to the veteran singer on the occasion of her 90th birthday, which was on September 28. Introducing Lata Mangeshkar to the programme, PM Modi said that she is elder to most of us and has been witness to different eras in the country. He addressed her as 'didi'. Earlier in January 2015, former US President Barack Obama had joined PM Modi as a special guest during the radio broadcast.