Imphal, April 29: A research paper released by the National Sports University (NSU) shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio program, “Mann Ki Baat,” has positively impacted the promotion of sporting spirit and national integration among youth in the North Eastern states and Jammu & Kashmir.
Titled “Impact of Mann Ki Baat on National Integration and Peace Through Sports in the North-East States and Jammu and Kashmir,” the paper highlights the program’s role in spreading peace and national integration in the region.
According to R.C. Mishra, the Vice Chancellor of NSU, sports participation promoted through Mann Ki Baat has bridged the barriers of caste, creed, religion, and language. The study analyzed episodes where Prime Minister Modi had spoken about sports and yoga, which were mentioned in 76 out of the 99 episodes of Mann Ki Baat.
Over 26,000 participants, primarily students, and athletes from different regions of the northeast and Jammu & Kashmir, took part in the survey. The study also included their teachers and coaches. The majority of participants believed that the program had improved sports motivation and participation, particularly in traditional sports in these regions.
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More than 85% of participants believed that “Mann Ki Baat” promoted peace and national integration, while 92% felt motivated to take up sports as a result of the program.
In his 80th episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of sports and games and the values of sportsmanship in family, social, and national life. Mishra believes that this message gives a significant impetus to sports and games in the region.
The findings of this study come as India prepares to celebrate the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat. The program has been popular among listeners since its launch in 2014 and has been used by the Prime Minister to address various issues concerning the nation.