In 50th edition, Modi thanks media for highlighting issues he spoke of on Mann ki Baat

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 11.33 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the 50th edition of his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, on Sunday hailed the youth of the country for being catalysts of change. 

"The one to bring about the change in the society are the youth. If we are able to materialise their ideas and give them an environment to express themselves, a positive change can be initiated in the country," he stated. 

The Prime Minister thanked the national media for highlighting the many issues that were discussed during various editions of Mann Ki Baat. 

"No politician has ever been satisfied with media, either he got inadequate coverage or was portrayed negatively, but I thank the media for highlighting the issues discussed in Mann ki Baat," the PM added. 

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He said that he didn't decide that politics will not be a part of his radio programme when it first started in October 2014. 

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"I decided that politics will not be a part of it, it’ll neither have the praises of the government nor my name. I got the inspiration and strength to stay true to my resolution from all of you," he noted. 

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The Prime Minister went on to praise and thank the many participants who became the callers on the programme or sent their letters from all across the country. 

He urged people to continue participating and listen to the programme in regional languages. 

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PM Modi's monthly radio address started months after him taking over as the Prime Minister. The very first edition went on air in October 2014.

Toll-free telephone lines were introduced in September to enable more people, especially the differently abled, to connect with the broadcast.

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'No politician has ever been satisfied with media, either he got inadequate coverage or was portrayed negatively, but I thank the media for highlighting the issues discussed in Mann ki Baat,' the PM added.