Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a special co-host, U.S. President Barack Obama, for the next edition of 'Mann Ki Baat', his monthly radio address to the nation.
On January 27, the leaders of the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest democracy will come together for a joint address for the first time in the history of public radio. The duo will take questions from listeners, making it an interactive experience for the millions of listeners tuning in to All India Radio next week.
In a similar “outreach diplomacy” move, the duo had penned a joint op-ed for The Washington Post during Mr. Modi’s visit to the U.S. last year.
While earlier editions of Mann ki Baat — which first hit the airwaves in October last year — were broadcast on Sundays, listeners will have to take time out on a working Tuesday for the coming edition.
Mr. Modi broke the news of the special programme on his official Twitter handle on Thursday. “This month’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ episode will be a special one, where our Republic Day guest @BarackObama & I will share our thoughts together,” he tweeted.
The PM urged listeners to be a part of “this memorable ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, illustrating a special bond between India & USA.”
“I am eagerly looking forward to the special ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme with President @BarackObama, which will be aired on 27th January,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
Listeners can send in their questions before January 25 using the hash tag #AskObamaModi or posting them on mygov.in.