NEW DELHI :
The peace, unity and harmony after the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Mandir has proved that nothing is above national interest for the people of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his monthly radio address – Mann ki Baat.
Thanking people for their maturity, he said that the country has moved forward in a new direction with new hopes and that New India should move forward with this sentiment of peace, unity and harmony.
“This time, on 9 November, when the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the Ram Mandir, 130 crore Indians have proved that there is nothing above national interest. Values of peace, unity and harmony are paramount for the country. When the verdict came, people across the country welcomed it and accepted it peacefully and comfortably. Today, I want to thank the people for the patience and maturity they showed and I want to express special gratitude for that," PM Modi said.
In the last Mann ki Baat, PM Modi had discussed the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 Ayodhya verdict and said that the country had maintained peace and brotherhood at that time before and after the verdict.
“On one hand, a long legal battle has ended. On the other hand, respect towards the country’s judiciary has grown. In a true sense, this verdict has proved to be a milestone for our judiciary. After this historic judgement, the country has moved forward in a new direction with new hopes. I wish that New India moves forward with this sentiment of peace, unity and harmony. This is what we all wish for," PM Modi said.
The Supreme Court on 9 November unanimously ordered setting up of a trust by the government that would eventually pave the way for construction of a temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site and also ordered allotment of 5-acre land to Muslims for construction of a mosque within Ayodhya.
In his address, PM Modi also spoke about the National Cadet Corps, Fit India movement, preservation of languages and the upcoming board examinations. He said that there is a fear that could some of our languages will be forgotten. “But I am happy to hear that people are making an attempt to preserve their culture," he said.
Pushing for fitness in the country, PM Modi said that all schools will be celebrating it in the month of December. “During this month, everyone can take part. This fitness week means getting out and exercising and including better eating and fitness in our daily lives. All should make an effort to make Fit India a national movement," he said.