Mann Ki Baat: Modi talks women empowerment, science, clean energy
PM Narendra Modi talked about "women-led development" and the need for scientific temperament on his 41st address to the nation through 'Mann Ki Baat.' Ahead of Women's Day on March 8, he said, "Today, in every sphere, it's our duty to ensure equal participation of women." He also said that technology is "value-neutral," and its use or misuse depends on us. Check highlights here.
'India moving from women development to women-led development'
Modi recalled the words of Swami Vivekananda: "The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence." He said in ancient times, men were known as 'Yashoda-Nandan' or 'Gandhari-Putra,' in reference to their mothers. India is now moving from women development towards women-led development, he said. In his last address too, he had talked about women power, saying, "There are no upper limits for Nari Shakti."
'Use of "value-neutral" science and technology depends on us'
Ahead of National Science Day on February 28, Modi lauded scientists and urged them to help disabled persons, poor and underprivileged through AI. He recalled experts like Bhaskara, Aryabhatta and Charaka and encouraged people to have a "spirit of inquiry." "Science and technology are value-neutral. It is dependent on how we use machines. Technology must be used only for welfare of humankind," he said.
'GOBAR Dhan will help farmers dispose of agricultural waste cleanly'
Modi also addressed the importance of "clean energy and green jobs" and asked people to "turn 'gobar' into 'GOBAR Dhan'." Under the new scheme, an online platform would help connect farmers to agricultural waste buyers, he elaborated. New jobs would be created through waste collection and transportation, Modi said. He lauded Chattisgarh for its 'Trash Mahotsav,' where the focus was on creatively utilizing waste.