EAM Jaishankar joins Indian diaspora in New Jersey to listen to 100th episode of PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’

Somerset (New Jersey): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ is the story of a changing India – a ‘New India – and is a connection between India and the world, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday as he joined the community members at a special event to listen to the 100th episode of the monthly radio programme.

Jaishankar, who is here after concluding his official visit to Guyana, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, made the remarks while addressing the community event, attended by the members of the Indian community in the early hours of Sunday.

“In many ways, the story of Mann Ki Baat is the story of the last nine years, is the story of changing India. It is the emergence of a ‘New India’, it is the connection between India and the world – that this is today a different India, a more aware India, in many ways, I would say a more aspirational India which is connecting to the world,” Jaishankar said.

He said India’s G-20 presidency is different because nobody else has done G-20 in 60 cities as a national celebration, and it has happened because Prime Minister Modi has prepared the entire country for it.

The State of New York and New Jersey have issued special resolutions honouring the 100th episode of Prime Minister Modi’s monthly radio programme, underscoring that the “vital” broadcast has become an effective means of communication to “promote good governance and deepen democracy.” The resolutions were presented to the External Affairs Minister at the community event here.

On the occasion, young students also displayed agility through the exceptional performance of the Mallakhamba. Modi mentioned Mallakhamba during the 70th episode of Mann Ki Baat.

In the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio broadcast hosted by Prime Minister Modi, he addresses the people of the country on different issues.

The monthly programme was first aired on October 3, 2014, and is broadcast on the last Sunday of every month at 11 am on the All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) network. The programme has garnered a massive following across the world.