The monthly radio show which Modi first began in 2014, shortly after the BJP came to power at the Centre, is the Prime Minister’s attempt to speak to the common man directly and sometimes features letters from the public.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins this year’s series of Mann Ki Baat two days after India hosted 10 Asian leaders at the Republic Parade and just ahead of the Union budget presentation.
In his last address, which was also his last show in 2017, the Prime Minister gave his idea of a New India, a country “free from the poison of casteism, communalism, terrorism and corruption; free from dirt and poverty”.
He also spoke about his government empowering Muslim women by changing the rule that mandates a male guardian (mahram) for women travelling alone on Haj.
The Prime Minister later appealed to people for ideas for the programme.
This Sunday’s programme will be the 40th edition and will be aired on All India Radio (AIR), Doordarshan and also on the Narendra Modi mobile application.>