PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat: India’s biodiversity is a unique treasure for humankind

New Delhi: Addressing the 9th Episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat 2.0’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the legacy that we inherited from our ancestors, the knowledge and values that have permeated entail compassion toward each and every living being and boundless love for nature, is all a part of our rich cultural heritage.

Mentioning India’s efforts to create sustainable habitats for migratory species which were lauded in the recent COP-13 convention in Gandhinagar, the Prime Minister said, “Throughout the year, India is home to many migratory species. More than 500 varieties of birds fly in from varied regions.” He said, India will chair the COP convention on migratory species for the next three years and urged the people to share their suggestions on such endeavours for lending more substance to this opportunity, making it more useful.

Modi also mentioned a rare fish species in Meghalaya. He said, “It is a matter of joy that our India, and especially Meghalaya, is home to a rare species. It lends a new facet to India’s bio-diversity. We are surrounded by many such mysteries, which are still undiscovered. To discover such a phenomenal enigma calls for fierce passion.”

Mentioning the quote, ‘Katrathu Kaiman Alavu Kallathathu Ulagalavu‘, by Tamil poetess Avvaiyar, which means, ‘what we know is but just a handful of sand and what we do not know is like a universe in itself’, Modi said that similar is the case with the biodiversity of this country. The more you know, the more you realize the magnitude of what you do not know. He called for preserving our rich biodiversity and referred to it as a unique treasure for the entire human race.

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