Country saddened by 'insult' of Tricolor at Red Fort, says PM in 'Mann Ki Baat'

Rahul M
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Mentioning the violence that took place in Delhi on Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the nation was shocked to witness the insult of the tricolour on January 26. He further asked Indians to take inspiration from Padma awardees, and also hailed that Indian cricket team's victory.

The 73rd episode of the monthly radio programme is the first 'Mann ki Baat' of 2021.


Modi said India developed ‘Aatmanirbharta’ during the coronavirus crisis is self-reliant about ensuring vaccine for every citizen of the country.

India has been the fastest country in the world to inoculate 3 million people during its vaccination drive. Speaking about it the prime minister said, "The 'made in India' vaccine is a symbol of India’s self-reliance; it is also a symbol of her self-pride."

He said, "India's vaccination programme is turning out to be exemplary to the world. We are vaccinating our citizens faster than anywhere in the world. In 15 days, India vaccinated 30 lakh corona-warriors whereas it took America 18 days and Britain 36 days to achieve the same feat."

PM Modi said that the government was starting an initiative for young writers called 'India@75'. He said, "This will encourage young writers of all states and of all languages. You can learn more about this initiative on the ministry of education website."

Modi wanted India to take inspiration from Padma awardees and the Indian cricket team. India's win this month in Australia was historic and was much talked about, drawing praise from all quarters. Calling the win inspirational, PM Modi said, "This month, there has been very good news from the cricket pitch too. Our cricket team, after initial setbacks made a grand comeback, winning the series in Australia. The hard work and teamwork of our players is inspirational."

The violence during the farmers tractor rally left one farmer dead and several police officials injured. PM Modi said, "The country was saddened by the insult to the tricolor on the 26th of January in Delhi."

Hours before the programme, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted a topic suggestion for the PM. "Don't be afraid, try to talk about China today," Gandhi said.

(Inputs: News18 and agencies)