NEW DELHI :
New India is not ready to continue with the old approach, especially women who are taking up new challenges and creating positive change in the society, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat, on Sunday.
The diversity of the country is the pride of every citizen and the diversity of culture is visible at the Hunar Haat programme in Delhi where people of different states showcased the traditional products of their states, Modi said.
“Our new India is not ready to continue with the old approach. The women of new India are coming forward to take up new challenges that bring a positive change in society," said the prime minister.
The biodiversity in our country is like a unique treasure for entire humankind and it is the responsibility of the people to conserve it, Modi said. People should also try to explore the biodiversity of the country, he said.
“During the COP (Conference of the Parties) convention meeting, I came to know about a species of fish that lives in caves in Meghalaya. Biologists believe that this fish is the biggest that lives in caves. This species of fish lives in underground caves where there is no light," he said.
Modi quoted Tamil poet Avvaiyar to emphasise the biodiversity of the country. “What we know is just a handful of sand. What we do not know is like a universe in itself," said the prime minister.
Similar is the case with the biodiversity of this country, said Modi. “The more you know, the more you realise the magnitude of what you do not know. Our biodiversity too is a unique treasure for the entire humankind. We have to preserve it, conserve it and explore further," he said.
The traditions and the legacy of India teach compassion toward all living beings and boundless love for nature, Modi said. To join the culture of hospitality, every year numerous species of birds from across the world come to India.
“We are told that more than 500 varieties of birds fly in from various regions," the prime minister said.
Modi also said that to boost scientific temper among children and youth, a system has been introduced through which people can witness the launch of rockets while sitting in a recently developed arena at Sriharikota. The gallery has a seating capacity of 10,000, the prime minister said and urged schools to bring students to witness the launch of rockets in space.
PTI contributed to this story