While we Indians are so busy getting upset about how Indian men faced a terrible defeat at the hands of Pakistan on June 18 in the Champions Trophy 2017 Final, that we forgot to look beyond. Last night, when the Indian women cricketers took down England by 35 runs in the ongoing World Cup campaign and Captain Mithali Raj, who scored seventh consecutive half-century in ODI — a record established by a female cricket player ever — very less spotlight on that. But why? What materials we lack to respect every players equally?

On Sunday’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ program Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised such a valid question. He acknowledged the value of sports and how and each and every sportsperson, regardless of gender, can bring glory to the nation.

He echoed, “These days we see that our youth are getting increasingly inclined to the field of sports. It is becoming evident that along with studies, our new generations can see a future in sports as well. And our sportspersons, through their prowess, skills and accomplishments win laurels for the country as well. Recently India’s Badminton player, Kidambi Shrikant has brought glory to the nation by winning Indonesia Open. I extend my heartiest congratulations to him and his coach for this victory.”

“I had the opportunity, a few days ago to be associated with the inaugural function of the Synthetic Track of the renowned athlete, P.T. Usha’s Usha School of Athletics. The more we promote sports, the more we see the spirit of sportsmanship. Sports play an important role in personality development also. There is a great significance of sports in overall personality development. There is no dearth of talent in our country. If the children in our family are interested in sports, they should be given opportunities. They should not be forced off the playing fields to be locked in rooms with books. They should study as well, if they can do well in studies, they should certainly do so, but if they have the potential and the inclination to do well in sports, that should be encouraged and supported by the school, college, family and all the people around them. Each one should nurture dreams for the next Olympics,” he added.

This is his 33rd episode of ‘Mann ki Baat’ was also addressed to the festival of Lord Jagannath, the Rath Yatra, he wished everyone a happy Ramzan, then talking about the the Emergency — 25th of June as a Dark period in the history of Democracy, about the achievements in space science to cheering on for a successful Yoga day – he embraced it all.

“From the seashores to the mountains, people welcomed the first rays of the sun, with Yoga. Which Indian wouldn’t be proud of this! It isn’t as if Yoga didn’t exist before, but now the threads of Yoga have bound everyone together, and have become the means to unite the world. Almost all the countries in the world made Yoga Day their own,” he explained.

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