PM Modi remembered freedom fighters Lokmanya Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad, whose birth anniversary was observed last week, on July 23, as he appealed to the citizens to follow their footsteps.

In his 46th ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pointed out that ‘humankind chose the path of conflict with nature and consequently earnt her periodic wrath’. Appealing for protection of nature, Modi said, “It becomes our collective responsibility… Let us be lovers of nature, protectors of nature, conservers of nature… and thus, ensure spontaneous balance in her myriad bounty.”

Citing the increasing change in weather patterns across the nation, the prime minister said, “At places, we are hearing of rising concerns on account of excessive showers; at some places, people are anxiously waiting for the rains to begin. The vastness and diversity of India, in fact, at times even rains play hide & seek through partiality laced likes & dislikes. But why should we blame the rains! After all, it was humankind that chose the path of conflict with Nature and consequently earnt her periodic wrath.”

Modi also urged people to use eco-friendly materials for the Ganesh Utsav celebrations. “Right from Ganesh idol to all decorative material everything ought to be eco-friendly and I will appreciate that separate competitions be organised in each city, prizes be awarded for these.”

In the monthly broadcast through the All India Radio, Modi talked about the successful rescue mission conducted in Thailand where 12 teenaged football players were extracted after the cave they were visiting was waterlogged following imminent downpour. “The sense of responsibility and commitment, prevailing at every level was astonishing. The government, their parents, family members, media, citizens of that country, each one of them displayed an awe-inspiring sense of peace and patience. All of them came together as a team to accomplish their mission,” he added.

Modi also talked about the success of athlete Hima Das in the Junior Under-20 World Athletics Championship and parathlete Ekta Bhyan who won the gold and bronze medals in World Para Athletics Grand Prix 2018 held in Tunisia.

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