In his third radio address named “Maan Ki Baat” (voice of mind) today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned about the menace of drugs which is a major problem of India. In his address the PM told that he always heard that if anybody could share his grief, it usually decreased in amount and if anybody could share his happiness it increased amount. He felt pain by the grief of the families whose children were caught by addiction of drug. The Prime Minister invited suggestions on the issue and told NGOs to share their experiences on the 4th November, during his last radio address. He expressed his anxiousness for many sons and daughters in India as they got addicted with drugs leaving behind their entire family with sufferings.
The Prime Minister of India described this problem as a 3Dimentional proceeding to darkness, destruction and devastation. Realising the problem from the point of view of the parents of India, the government is going to start a toll-free helpline to manage this burning issue very seriously. He has appealed to celebrities and former addicts to come forward in sharing their stories and spreading awareness on this serious issue. He gave a clarion call to the citizens to start social media campaign with the hashtag #DrugFreeIndia.
He shared his stories of the time when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Some people, who used to work as sub-ordinates, used to take leave without specifying proper reason for that. But after stimulating them gently, they disclosed that their children were addicted to drugs. As the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he also came across many helpless and angry mothers in Punjab.
He told that in case of drug addiction, it was the drugs which were to be rebuffed, and not the children. He also told that parents should monitor their children – their friends, their habits, usage of mobile phones to build a good character. The PM suggested the wise sayings of our predecessors that a children should be treated with love and care up to 5 years of age, they should learn the habit of a disciplined life up to 16 years of age, and they should be treated as friend as the grown up 16.
The drug propensity worms in just on youth who have no specific objective or dream in life. To dodge the bait of drugs, one must be focused in the same way as a sportsperson, he included. He put a question to the youth section that whether they ever felt curious for where the money they spend on drugs went. Adding more, he pointed out that the bullets that hit Indian soldiers, were all sponsored and monitored from outside the India, by the power of money they simply spent on drugs.
The Prime Minister had begun his radio talks on October 3 with a 15-minute discourse titled ‘Mann ki Baat'(voice of mind). In the programme, he had asked individuals to join the Clean India campaign. In the second episode, he had talked about the issue of black money, vowing to bring back “every penny of poor man’s cash” stored abroad as it seemed to be “an article of faith” for him.
As he referred to the letters he received from people, he told that apart from email and messages, he had received more than 7000 letters from his countrymen on the drugs issue at Akashwani. He mentioned that letters which he received were enthusiasting and depressing also.