New Delhi, October 28 : Remembering freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 49th episode of his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”has appealed to the citizens to participate in the ‘Run for Unity’ on October 31, which marks the birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man of India’.
While stressing on the need to work “unitedly” to address issues like terrorism, climate change, economic development and social justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that peace does not only mean “no war”.
“I appeal each one of you to participate in ‘Run for Unity’ in largest possible numbers,” PM Modi said.
“Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” Modi said , adding that wherever there will be a talk of world peace, India’s name and contribution will be written in golden letters.
The Prime Minister said although India had no direct connection with the First World War but it was an important event because Indian soldiers fought bravely and played a very big role by sacrificing their lives.
“Indian soldiers showed it to the world that they are second to none if it comes to war. Our soldiers have displayed great valour in difficult areas and adverse conditions. There has just been a single objective behind it- Restoration of peace. The world witnessed a dance of death and devastation during the World War I.
“Around one crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives. This made the whole world realize and understand the importance of peace. The definition of peace has changed in the last hundred years. Today, peace does not only mean ‘no war’,” he added.
In his address, the prime minister praised the para-athletes, who had represented India in the Asian Para Games recently and said that their spirit to overcome challenges is inspirational. He also evoked India’s ‘golden history’ in hockey and said that the nation has contributed largely to the sport by giving a number of talented players like Dhyanchand, Balvinder Singh Sr, Dhanraj Pillai among others.
“I would request all of you to take best care of yourselves and take care of your health as well and also take care of social interests. I am sure these festivals are an opportunity to make new resolves”, Modi said in concluding remarks.