The Prime Minister highlighted various melas and fairs held across the country in this edition of Mann Ki Baat. He spoke about the Minjar Mela of Chamba which is going on right now. Minjar Mela is celebrated when flowers bloom on the maize. Mr Modi said fairs have been of great cultural importance in the country as fairs connect people and hearts. He said when Kharif crops ripen after the rains in Himachal in September, Sari or Sair is celebrated in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu and Solan. He also mentioned Jagra fairs held in September when Bisu songs are sung after invoking the deity of Mahasu. He added that the awakening of Mahasu Devta takes place in Himachal at Shimla, Kinnaur and Sirmaur and simultaneously in Uttarakhand.
The Prime Minister also emphasised on the many traditional fairs of tribal societies in different states. Some of these fairs are associated with tribal culture, while some are organized in connection with tribal history and heritage. He gave the example of the four-day Samakka-Saralamma Jatara Fair in Medaram of Telangana. This fair is called Mahakumbh of Telangana and is celebrated in honor of two tribal women heroes – Samakka and Saralamma. It is a big center of faith for the Koya tribal community not only in Telangana, but also in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
Similarly, Prime Minister said the Maridamma fair in Andhra Pradesh is also a big fairconnected with the beliefs of the tribal society. The Maridamma fair runs from Jyeshtha Amavasya to Ashadh Amavasya and the tribal society associates it with Shakti worship. The people of Garasiya tribe in Rajasthan organize Siyawa ka Mela or Mankhan Ro Mela on Vaishakh Shukla Chaturdashi.
Mr Modi said the Mawli Mela of Narayanpur of Bastar in Chhattisgarh is also very special. He added that the Bhagoria Mela of Madhya Pradesh is also very famous. He added that many fairs like Tarnetar and Madhopur are very famous in Gujarat. He said such old links of the society are important to strengthen the spirit of Ek Bharat- Shreshtha Bharat. He asked the youth to join them and share the pictures on social media. He informed that the Culture Ministry is going to start a competition in the next few days where those who send the best pictures of the fairs will be rewarded.
Mr Modi shared the success stories of the Indian Toy industry and gave the credit to the youth, Start-ups and Entrepreneurs. He said that when it comes to Indian toys, the echo of Vocal for Local is being heard everywhere. He stated that the number of toys coming from abroad in India is continuously decreasing. Earlier, toys worth more than three thousand crore rupees used to come from outside. Now, their import has reduced by 70 percent. Mr Modi expressed delight India has exported toys worth more than two thousand six hundred crore rupees to foreign countries during this Corona period. Earlier, only toys worth 300 to 400 crore rupees used to go out of India. He lauded India’s toy sector for proving its mettle by transforming itself.
Indian Manufacturers are now making toys based on Indian Mythology, History and Culture. He added that toy clusters and small entrepreneurs are getting a lot of benefit from it. Indian Toy manufacturers are also working closely with the world’s leading Global Toy Brands. Mr Modi gave several examples including a start up in Bangalore named Shumme Toys that is focusing on eco-friendly toys. In Gujarat, Arkidzoo Company is making AR-based Flash Cards and AR-based Storybooks. Pune-based company, Funvention is engaged in kindling the interest of children in Science, Technology and Maths through Learning, Toys and Activity Puzzles.
Mr Modi said this entire month has been full of action for sportspersons. He hailed PV Sindhu who won her first title of Singapore Open recently. He said Neeraj Chopra also continued his excellent performance and won the silver medal in the World Athletics Championship. He added that at the Ireland Para Badminton International as well, Indian players have boosted the glory of the country by winning 11 medals. Indian players also performed well in the World Cadet Wrestling Championship held in Rome. He said athlete Suraj has done wonders in the Greco-Roman event by winning the Gold Medal of Wrestling in this event after a long gap of 32 years. He said it is a great honor for India to host the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai. This tournament commenced on the 28th of July. Commonwealth Games also began in the UK on the same day. Mr Modi extended his best wishes to all the players and athletes representing India at the Commonwealth Games. He expressed happiness that India is going to host the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup as well in October.
The Prime Minister concluded his address by congratulating the students of Class 10 and 12 whose results were declared earlier this month.