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Indira Gandhi believed in 'Mann Ki Baat', but of people: Jairam Ramesh

Mann ki Baat is hosted by PM Modi every month in which he addresses the nation on various issues

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Indira Gandhi, India, Former Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi

Former Prime Minister was a great believer in 'Mann Ki Baat', but she would listen and not preach, leader on Saturday said, in an apparent dig at Prime Minister

Ramesh said followed her 'Mann Ki Baat' and implemented it seriously.

Speaking at the 'Times Literary Festival' here, on the topic of 'and Environment', he said the late Prime Minister was a very accessible leader.

"Gandhi also was a great believer in 'Mann Ki Baat', but her 'Mann Ki Baat' was a listening 'Mann Ki Baat' not a speaking 'Mann Ki Baat'. When she did 'Mann Ki Baat', she listened, she didn't pontificate," said Ramesh.

"She didn't tell the other person that she had all the answers to all the world's problem entire environmental odyssey was a 'mann ki baat', but a listening 'mann ki baat'," he said, without naming Modi.

'Mann ki Baat' is hosted by Prime Minister every month in which he addresses the people of the nation on various issues.

"She would take action on letters received from people, which shows that she was personally and instinctively committed to the cause of the environment," he said.

This was before the age of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and emails, Ramesh said.

Talking about Gandhi's inclination towards the environment, Ramesh said she was India's "first and last prime minister to have this great passion for nature conservation and environmental protection.

First Published: Sat, November 25 2017. 19:11 IST