‘More than a leader, Modi is a father-figure to me’

MC MARY KOM
The very first time when I met our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji, few years back, he told me “you are like a daughter to me and you can always come whenever you need anything.” I still sense and see that same attitude and that makes me so comfortable whenever I meet him. More than a leader, I feel that I am meeting a fatherly figure to whom I can address anything. He is a great inspiration to me personally for his selfless life devoted towards welfare of the society and the nation.
There are extra milestones I noticed under his leadership which are admirable. Being a sportsperson, the first thing that comes to my mind is how sports are being promoted and taken to the next level. Setting aside the achievements, through Khelo India, sportspersons are benefitting a lot, new and young talents are being identified, recognised and nurtured in all possible ways to excel. The achievers are being encouraged to do better. I believe with this pace from both the government and sportspersons, we will surely perform better in the times to come.
There is no doubt that Prime Minister Modi is health conscious and because of his personal involvement, Yoga is recognized throughout the world and practiced for healthy society. It is indeed great to see a Prime Minister personally performing yoga and setting an example for the people. His initiative towards Fit India Movement is indeed one of the unique and significant steps made. Yes, fitness comes first and it is a pre-requisite for moving forward and being more productive.
In India, declining child sex ratio presented a dreadful scenario. The ratio of girl child was tremendously falling compared to boys due to various societal obligations. Under Modiji’s leadership, a campaign was launched for the welfare of girls as well as to make people more aware of the declining child sex ratio through Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao initiative. This is something I consider as a very welcoming move and worth working for. I do believe that in a few years from now, there is going to be a great positive change visible not only in the ratio but also in the attitude and mind-set of the people. We are witnessing how women achievers are proving their mettle in various fields. There is a renewed confidence that we (women/girls) can do it.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which is an initiative towards clean India, has been a great success and one of the most participated campaigns by one and all. This mission has immensely benefited the entire nation. Cities and localities are becoming cleaner, several states and union territories have been declared open defecation free. It also silently reminds us that we ought to be more responsible citizens and we are equally responsible as the Government is. The credit goes to Modiji for spearheading the movement and taking it to the people, making it a mass movement. Another initiative which is close to the PM’s heart is the Clean Ganga mission. Efforts are being made to arrest the pollution in the river. An integrated programme, ‘Namami Gange’ has been launched for this. We all are aware of the harmful impacts of plastic pollution on Mother Nature. Recently, during his Independence Day address to the nation, PM Modiji made an appeal to the people of India to shun the usage of single-use plastics and encourage cloth and jute bags. Beating plastic pollution is something which I feel is the need of the hour to make our environment cleaner and sustainable.
I belong to Northeast India, a region blessed with very talented and hard-working people but which did not received great attention in the past few decades.
PM Modi’s attention and attitude towards Northeast is not only heartening but it is ensuring fast paced progress in the entire region. We are seeing rapid development across infrastructure projects, agriculture and deployment of special schemes for the Northeast. This focus gives great confidence to the people of our region and will give great results in the future. The dedication of Shri Narendra Modiji to serve the nation deserves great respect and I have complete faith in him that in the times to come, under his leadership, our country with reach glorious heights of progress. I wish him a healthy and long life!


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