Indian PM returns with his monthly radio address


File photo of Narendra Modi. (Photo: VCG)

NEW DELHI, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned with his "Mann Ki Baat" (Talking from the Heart) monthly radio address on Sunday.

The address by Modi was broadcast on state-run All Indian Radio (AIR) at 11:00 a.m. local time.

"My dear countrymen Namaskar. After a rather long pause, we are resuming once again, our series of touching upon matters close to people and their hearts; in fact, subjects close to every person's heart," Modi said while beginning the address.

"I am once again amid you with our Mann Ki Baat. The rigors of Elections called for hectic preoccupation, but the one thing that was missing was the sheer joy of Mann Ki Baat. For me, it was like experiencing a kind of void," Modi said.

The program was broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan or DD (state-run TV network). It was also streamed live on YouTube channels of the Prime Minister's Office, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, AIR and DD News.

In the recently concluded elections, Modi's Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) registered a spectacular victory.

On Feb. 24, just days before the country's general elections were announced, Modi had decided not to have a Mann Ki Baat program in March and April.

"Over the last few months, many messages have poured in, with people stating that they have been missing Mann Ki Baat. When I read them, when I hear them, it gives me joy. It's a warm feeling of kinship," Modi said. 

"There are times when I feel that this is my journey from the self to the unabridged whole; my journey from I to We. For me, this nonvocal conversation with you was a part of my feelings during my spiritual journey," Modi added.