THE HISTORY AND SUCCESS OF MANN KI BAAT
On April 30, 2023, the popular radio show Mann Ki Baat, which is presented by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, will have 100 episodes. The Prime Minister’s communications strategy has benefited from the
initiative, which has become a successful component of his outreach efforts. All India Radio, DD
National, and DD News all air the Indian radio show Mann Ki Baat.
There have been 97 episodes since
the first one broadcast on October 3, 2014. The programme has developed into a crucial forum for the
Prime Minister to speak directly to and engage with different demographic groups in a way that resonates with the audience.
More than 61,000 ideas were submitted online for the first fifteen broadcasts of Mann
Ki Baat, and 1.43 lakh listeners submitted audio recordings. Some carefully chosen calls are included in
the programme each month. Mann Ki Baat is purposefully not the PM’s discourse. The program’s design
encourages citizen involvement and is participatory.
THE MOST FREQUENTLY DISCUSSED TOPICS ON THE PROGRAM
A wide range of subjects are covered in Mann Ki Baat, such as social issues, cultural developments, and
political policies. The programme has covered and featured a wide range of subjects since its debut in 2014, including the weather, environment, cleanliness, social challenges, and women-led projects. Since the show’s debut in October 2014, yoga, women-led businesses, youth, and hygiene have been among the most discussed subjects.
The show has developed into a crucial venue for the Prime Minister to
concentrate on regional concerns that might not get much attention in the mass media. The Prime Minister may establish a personal connection with citizens by addressing these issues and demonstrating that his administration is devoted to making their lives better. The program’s emphasis on the advancement of women in India has also significantly contributed to their empowerment. Mann Ki Baat has been effective in fostering a sense of patriotic solidarity.
THE NON-PARTISAN APPROACH OF MANN KI BAAT
In regards to social issues, Mann Ki Baat has been effective in upholding an unbiased perspective. The
show has been described as a forum for the Prime Minister to engage with the general public and talk
about various matters of national significance.
The concept of Mann Ki Baat intentionally avoids being a monologue by the prime minister and involves citizen participation. Over 60% of participants said they were interested in “working for the nation” as a result of the program’s influence. Indian youth have been greatly influenced by Mann Ki Baat, who has inspired them to take an active interest in social issues and grow into more socially responsible adults. The initiative has also significantly contributed to the empowerment of women in India.
THE PARTICIPATIVE DESIGN OF THE PROGRAM
Citizens are invited to participate in Mann Ki Baat’s participative design. From the creation of the show’s
name to the selection of topics and calls to action that the PM puts in this programme, the programme has been conceptualised and implemented on the premise of public involvement and participation.
Establishing a direct line of communication between the PM and the public is the main goal of Mann Ki
Baat. The Prime Minister receives millions of letters each month from all throughout the country, and he
frequently calls the callers during the broadcast.
People’s confidence in democracy and government is
greatly increased by such a channel of contact between the elected official and the populace. Mann Ki
Baat has made an effort to motivate individuals to take action on causes they care about and have a good impact on their communities, as well as to raise awareness about vital concerns.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 100TH EPISODE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE
On April 30, 2023, Mann Ki Baat’s 100th episode aired, marking an important turning point for the series.
The show was streamed online and transmitted over the full Doordarshan network as well as All India
Radio. One of the 5% of Indians who tune into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio show,
“Mann ki Baat,” is Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
The programme has developed into a crucial forum
for the Prime Minister to speak directly to and engage with different demographic groups in a way that
resonates with the audience. In the 100th episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Modi claimed that the
programme filled the “emptiness” he had felt since moving to Delhi in 2014. He also remarked that it was
an expression of the “mann ki baat” and emotions of millions of Indians. India’s citizens have been greatly impacted by Mann Ki Baat, and the PM’s action has gained historical significance.