Efforts on to preserve languages on verge of extinction: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, our civilisation, culture and languages preach the message of unity in diversity to the entire world. Sharing his thoughts in the Mann ki Baat programme of All India Radio today, the Prime Minister said, hundreds of languages have blossomed and flourished in the country for centuries. He said, the United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, and efforts are being made to conserve those languages which are on the verge of extinction. Mr Modi mentioned how a handful of people in a community in Uttarakhand came forward to preserve a language.

The Prime Minister quoted Father of Modern Hindi literature Bhartendu Harishchandra and Mahakavi Subramanya Bharati who always gave emphasis on mother tongue.

He said that the entire country embraced the recent Ayodhya verdict with open arms and with ease and peace. Mr Modi thanked people for their patience, restraint and maturity.

Speaking about National Cadet Corps, NCC day being celebrated today, Mr Modi interacted with some of the NCC cadets who shared their experiences in Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat camps and youth exchange programmes. The Prime minister said, NCC imbibes leadership qualities, patriotism, selfless service, discipline and hard work as an integral part of one’s character.

Mr Modi said, the Armed Forces Flag Day is celebrated on the 7th of December when the nation pays homage to brave soldiers, for their valour and sacrifices. He urged every citizen to come forward on the day and possess the flag of the Armed Forces and also contribute.
The Prime Minister also talked about the Fit India School grading system in schools across the country. The schools can declare themselves as Fit by visiting the Fit India portal. Mr Modi said, Fit India three-star and Fit India five star ratings will also be given. He appealed that all schools should enrol in the Fit India ranking system and Fit India should become innate to the temperament. He said, the schools that achieve this ranking will also be able to use the Fit India logo and flag.

The Prime minister commended the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for its initiative of Fit India week where many events are being organised with regard to the fitness aspect. He appealed to the school boards and management of all the states that Fit India Week should be celebrated in every school, in the month of December. Students, as well as their teachers and parents, can also participate in the Fit India Week. He said, this will inculcate the habit of fitness in the daily routine.

Stating that winter is knocking on the door, the Prime Minister suggested that people should make use of the weather to take the Fit India movement forward.

Talking about examinations, Mr Modi said he wants to see his young friends smiling during them, their parents stress-free and teachers assured.

The Prime minister highlighted the importance of Constitution Day which falls on 26th of November every year. He said this year, it is even more special as the country is completing 70 years of its adoption. He said, the occasion will be marked by a special programme in Parliament followed by many other events organised across the country throughout the year.

The Prime Minister said, scuba divers who were imparting training in Vishakhapatnam went up to 100 metres from the coast and took out the garbage. He said within 13 days, they removed over 4 tonnes of plastic waste from the sea. Mr Modi said if everyone takes pledge to clear the surroundings of plastic waste, Plastic Free India can become a new example for the whole world.

Mr Modi said, our forefathers put a lot of emphasis on nature, environment, water, land and forests as they understood the importance of rivers and tried to inculcate a positive mindset towards rivers in the society.