69th Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi talks about importance of storytelling

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PM Narendra Modi
PM Narendra Modi

New Delhi : In the 69th edition of his monthly radio program – Mann Ki Baat – Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the importance of storytelling, the values of Indian family system and hailed the passage of farm bill in Parliament.

He started his radio address, focusing on the benefits of storytelling and mentioned that coronavirus pandemic created a situation that has brought families even more closer.

"But there are issues with some of the families. Some families have lost touch with their values," he said, adding that stories can help reinvigorate such families.

"There has been a thriving tradition of telling stories in India. There is an important tradition of storytelling in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is called Villu Pattu," said PM Modi, talking about the various forms of storytelling prevalent in India.

He even spoke with some of the people who are involved in the field of storytelling. "I urge all storytellers to include all inspirational stories from the period of foreign rule as we are going to celebrate 75 years of independence. Especially between 1857 & 1947. We can introduce our new generation to them in form of stories," PM Modi said.

Later in the show, he discussed about the passage of farm bill, which has led to a huge protest specially in North India.

He said that these bills will empower farmers and give them freedom to sell their produce.

PM Modi then talked about the farmers who have benefitted by the policies of his government since 2014. However, the issue has been controversial with the government facing the heat from the Opposition as well as its allies. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the oldest ally of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), quit the alliance over the issue.