Round Table Discussion on "Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia: an Overview" by Prof. Baladas Ghoshal (Secretary General, Society for Indian Ocean Studies) on 12 July 2018 at 5.30 PM, SPMRF Conference Room, 9, Ashoka Road, New Delhi

Salient Points of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme on All India Radio on 30 Jul, 2017

• Yes, monsoon is enjoyable but this season also leads to floods. We are doing everything to help in relief & rehabilitation.

• A 24×7 control room helpline number 1078 is functioning continuously to deal with the flood situation

• Like always, I seek ideas and suggestions from people. This time, I have got lot of calls and letters on GST

• It has been one month since GST was implemented and its benefits can be seen already

• I feel very happy when a poor person writes to say how because of GST prices of various items essential for him have come down

• GST has transformed the economy.

• Successful rollout of GST is a case study. It is also an example of cooperative federalism. All decisions taken by both Centre & States.

• GST is more than just a tax reform! It ushers in a new culture.

• The month of August has seen historic movements in India.

• Starting from 1857, we saw so many movements for India’s freedom.

• We remember Mahatma Gandhi for his leadership during ‘Quit India’ & we remember leaders like Lok Nayak JP & Dr. Lohia who took part in it.

• In 1920 and 1942 we saw two different Gandhian movements. What was common was the widespread support for Mahatma Gandhi.

• Our clarion call in 2017.

• Today, we do not have to die for the nation. We have to live for our nation and take it to new heights of progress.

• When I am speaking on 15th August from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I am merely the medium. It is the people whose voice is resonating.

• Our festivals also bring economic opportunities for the poor.

• Festivals light the lamp of prosperity in the homes of the poor.

• In this day and age, expectations are raised so much. And then, if our team can’t win some people don’t even respect basic decencies

• But, the way India supported the women’s cricket team shows a shift. I am happy how India took pride in the team’s accomplishment

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