Happy we made files related to Netaji public: PM Modi on Mann ki Baat

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jan 27, 2019, 01:17 PM IST
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File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:(Zee News Network)

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'For many years it was being demanded that the files related to Netaji be made public and I am happy that we fulfilled this demand,' Modi said in his first Mann ki Baat address of the year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid tribute to late Shivakumar Swamiji, the pontiff of Sree Siddaganga Matha who recently passed away after a prolonged illness in Karnataka's Tumkur, saying that he had dedicated his entire life to social service, working for the social, educational welfare of scores of people.

"Shivakumar Swamiji was a true follower of Lord Basaveshwar`s tenet 'Kayakave Kailash`. During his life spanning 111 years, he strived tirelessly towards social, educational, and economic upliftment of thousands of people," Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the Mann Ki Baat programme.

"I have had fortunate opportunity to be blessed by Swamiji, many a time. In 2007, on the occasion of the Centenary celebration of Sri Sri Sri Shivakumar Swamiji our former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had paid the visit to Tumukur," he added. 

Paying tribute to the revolutionary freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Subhash Babu will always be remembered as a heroic soldier."

"He played an important role in the freedom struggle. 'Dilli Chalo', 'Tum mujhe khoon do main tumhe aazadi doonga', with these slogans he awakened every Indian," the Prime Minister added.

Prime Minister Modi expressed happiness regarding declassification of the Bose files. 

"For many years it was being demanded that the files related to Netaji be made public and I am happy that we fulfilled this demand," he said. Emphasising that Netaji regarded radio as an important means of communication, Prime Minister Modi said, "I have always regarded radio as an important means of connecting with people, in the same way, Netaji also had a profound association with the radio which he used to connect with the countrymen."

On the birth anniversary of the freedom fighter on January 23, the Prime Minister inaugurated museums in the national capital and also paid tribute to him at Rajpath.

Prime Minister Modi also urged the young generation to register themselves as voters as Lok Sabha elections are just around the corner. In his podcast, the PM stated: "This year, our country will undergo Lok Sabha elections. First time ever, young persons born in the 21st Century to exercise their Right to Vote in Lok Sabha Elections. I urge young generation to register themselves as voters if they are eligible."The Prime Minister also lauded the Election Commission of India (ECI) for conducting massive elections in India and making efforts to strengthen India’s democracy. He also praised ECI for setting up a polling booth in Gir forest for just one voter. 

"You must have heard about Gujarat, in Gir forest, a polling booth was set up just for 1 voter. When I listen to these things, it is very natural to be proud of the Election Commission.""I urge eminent people of the country to come forward and jointly contribute in campaigning for spreading awareness on voter registration and casting one’s vote on the day of polling," he added.