PM Praises Sonowal In Mann Ki Baat


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking time out to visit NIS Patiala – to check on the sportspersons training for the Rio Olympics – despite it being election season in his home state of Assam.

“There were polls, he was a CM candidate performed his duty as a sports minister. This is a big thing” the PM said in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, about the minister who’s set to become Assam’s first BJP chief minister after a historic BJP win there.

The PM added that the country’s athletes need to be encouraged, more than anything else. “When we talk about the Olympics we do feel sad at the medal tally. But we need to create the right atmosphere to encourage athletes. I will say it again, please do not see everything as a win or loss,” the PM said.

Similarly, Modi said, parents of students whose board exam results have just been declared must be easy on their children and be satisfied with their results. They should motivate their children, the PM added.

“Gaurav from MP commented he scored 89% and I was very happy but he said his family was not happy and they wanted him to get 90. Why to find negativity from everything. It would be better if everyone around you had celebrated your scores,” the PM said.

The Prime Minister, like in his address on April 24, also spoke about how imperative it is to conserve water even as drought-like conditions are creating havoc in many parts of India.

“We feel refreshed splashing water on our faces when we feel tired, this is such a precious gift of god. I appeal to citizens to pledge to not waste water in June, July, August, September this year,” the PM added.

The Prime Minister also spoke about health issues and in this connection said he’s planning to attend the second International Yoga Day programme in Chandigarh.

“On June 21, International Day of Yoga, I will join a programme in Chandigarh to practice yoga with them,” he said.

“Yoga Day is not merely an event, it inspires to include it in our daily routine for 20-30 minutes.”