On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was live on the 49th edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. During the programme, PM Modi addressed the nation and talked about the run for unity and asked people to participate in the same. PM Modi also referred to a 1947 edition of The ‘TIME’ Magazine and said that the edition did a story on the freedom fighter Sardar Patel, who is the reason behind the change that we can see in India today.

“My dear countrymen, Namaskar. 31st October is the birth anniversary of our beloved Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This year too, youth of country is all set to take part in #RunForUnity. I urge you to participate in the largest possible numbers in this run for unity. Gandhiji considered Sardar Patel as the only one capable of finding a lasting solution to the vexed issue of the states and asked him to act. On this day, the nation will dedicate Statue Of Unity – world’s tallest skyscraping statue, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty – to Sardar Patel,”  PM Modi said.

PM Modi asserted that after seeing the world’s tallest statue here on Indian soil, every Indian will feel proud and Sardar Patel, a true son of the soil will adorn our skies too. He also added that on this remarkable feat of mother India he will hope that every Indian will swell with pride and joy.

Besides this, PM Modi also paid tributes to Indira Gandhi for her death anniversary on October 31. Modi also talked about the Asian Para Games 2018 and revealed about the performance of India there. He conveyed that athletes of our country managed to get 72 medals, which not only created a new record but also brought glory to the nation.

“India is setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in hitherto uncharted areas. To give you an example, I would like to mention about Para Athlete Narayan Thakur,” he said. PM Modi further informed that Thakur, a divyang athlete, worked as a waiter after he lost his father at the age of eight.