From Chhath Puja to solar power and space, Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat covers it all

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From denying cryogenic rocket technology to developing the technology in India and sending dozens of satellites into space, ISRO has come a long way, PM Modi says in monthly radio address

The Prime Minister also recounted India’s achievements in sport and urged citizens to be environmentally conscious (file photo)

From Chhath Puja to the latest ISRO launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered them all in his final Mann Ki Baat speech on Sunday. It was the 94th edition of his monthly radio show.

Saluting the nation at Chhath Puja, the Prime Minister called it a “great” example of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”.

“Sun worship on Chhath Puja is proof of our culture’s deep connection with nature… We see such great images of Chhath Puja being celebrated in foreign countries. This means that Indian culture and faith is taking hold in all corners of the world,” he added.

“Leader in solar energy

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From sun worship, the subject transitioned seamlessly to solar energy. “Besides worshiping the Sun, why not discuss its benefit? This blessing from the Sun God is solar energy,” Prime Minister Modi said.

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He pointed out that India is exploiting solar energy considerably. “India has become one of the leading countries in solar energy. It transforms the lives of the poor and middle classes,” he added.

He gave the example of the Modhera of Gujarat. Most houses in Modhera have started generating electricity from solar energy, Modi said, calling it a “great achievement”.

“ISRO has come a long way”

From the Sun God and solar energy, the subject moved to space and space research. ISRO’s latest launch, the LVM-3, was the focus of the Prime Minister’s speech. Early on October 23, ISRO launched its heaviest commercial rocket into space – with a payload mass of 5,796 kg – with 36 overseas broadband communication satellites.

The launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh is the result of a collaboration between ISRO’s commercial wing, NSIL (NewSpace India Limited), and UK-based OneWeb. Thanks to this, India has become a significant player in the global commercial satellite market. In the next phase of the project, another 36 broadband satellites will be launched into space.

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“Talking to you all, I remember when India was denied cryogenic rocket technology. Since then, Indian scientists have not only developed space technology in India, but the ISRO has sent dozens of satellites into space,” Modi said.

He was referring to US sanctions in the early 1990s and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), in which a key committee in the United States voted to block economic aid to Russia if it went from there. forward with a $250 million rocket engine technology deal. with India.

In the wake of sanctions, the Indian space agency struggled with cryogenic rocket technology for decades before succeeding with the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) project and launching the cryogenically powered GSLV-D5 in 2014 .

“This decade is India’s ‘techade'”

The Modi government has pushed for autonomy, or “atmanirbharata” in all sectors. In his speech, the Prime Minister also noted that since the space sector was opened up to Indian youth, it has seen revolutionary changes. “Startups are bringing new innovations and technologies to this field,” he said.

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The Prime Minister emphasized that the youth of today will take India to new heights in the years to come. “This decade is India’s ‘techade’. Youth are working at an unprecedented pace through hackathons to solve the challenges facing the nation,” he said.

He reminded the nation that 23 IITs had come together to present their research projects this month. “IIT Bhubaneswar has made a portable ventilator for infants. This ventilator can be battery operated and it can be used in remote areas to save the lives of premature babies,” he said of one of the projects.

Sport, environment and icon

He also recounted India’s achievements in sports. “You will be happy to hear that the National Games this time were the largest ever held in India. Thirty-six sports were included, in which seven new events and two indigenous events, Yogasan and Mallakhamb, were introduced,” he said.

Urging citizens to be environmentally conscious and make it a way of life, Prime Minister Modi mentioned inspiring eco-friendly initiatives from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. “I am very happy to see the growing enthusiasm for environmental protection in different parts of the country. A few days ago, Mission Life, dedicated to protecting the environment, was launched,” he said.

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Paying tribute to Birsa Munda, the Prime Minister said, “Bhagwan Birsa Munda sacrificed his life for India’s independence and to protect the rich tribal culture.”

Modi is on a three-day visit to Gujarat starting on Sunday. He is expected to launch a host of projects in his home state, where Assembly elections are imminent. Among the projects is a C-295 transport aircraft manufacturing plant in Vadodara, according to a statement from the state government.

(With contributions from the agency)

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