Youth are storehouse of ideas: PM

Youth are storehouse of ideas: PM
Narendra Modi (File)
NEW DELHI, NOV 25 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 11/25/2018 11:16:28 AM IST

Addressing the nation on 50th edition of his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, the Prime Minister said that for communicating with the youth he try to look into the young minds and simply try to put himself in their place and adjust his views accordingly.

Modi said his effort was to have a continuous dialogue with the youth in various programmes or through social media. “I try to learn from whatever they are doing or whatever they are thinking. They are storehouse of ideas. They are extremely energetic, innovative and focused.”

“It is my experience that it makes easier for the other person to put aside all arguments and pressure to convince us and attune to our wavelength and hence communication gap is eliminated,” he said.

Asserting that youth don’t support anything they don’t believe in, the Prime Minister said, “They do not endorse anything they don’t believe in and when they believe in something they pursue it wholeheartedly.”

“In fact in our families, there is a limited range of interaction with teenagers, mostly the subject of discussion is studies or lifestyle issues such as what to do and what not to do. Open and frank discussions without any expectation have become rare in families and it is a matter of concern,” said Prime Minister Modi.

Modi said that for effective communication with the youth, “accept in place of expect” and “discuss instead of dismiss” should be the mantra.

Modi further went on to point out that his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ was never about politics.

Underlining that ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is “a platform for raising issues of social relevance”, Modi said that he had made it clear at the very beginning that it will not serve as a tool to tom-tom government’s achievements.

“When Mann Ki Baat started, 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,” the PM said in the 50th episode of his radio address.

Thanking the media, the PM said that the media adopted the issues raised in the programme and helped in significant campaigns on cleanliness, road safety, drug free India and selfie with daughter. 

Modi, while addressing the nation on the golden jubilee of his “Mann Ki Baat” a day ahead of the Constitution Day, said that the architect of Indian constitution Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar gave millions of Indians the right to dignified life.

Modi said that the balance between the rights and duties in the life of citizens will take the country forward. “If we respect the rights of others, our rights will automatically be protected. Similarly, if we fulfill the duties enshrined in the Constitution, our rights will automatically be protected,” said Narendra Modi. 

“Both rights and duties have been discussed at length in our constitution,” he added.

“While remembering the Constituent Assembly we can never forget the contribution of the great person Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar who was at the centre of Constituent Assembly. 

December 6 will be his Mahaparinirvan Diwas. On behalf of all the countrymen, I pay homage to Baba Saheb who gave millions of Indians the right to dignified life.”

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