New Delhi: On India’s 70th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from Red Fort. The Prime Minister highlighted the achievements of his government speaking about the various schemes that were launched as well as those taken forward by his government.
But, before we will approach towards today’s addressing note by Prime Minister of India, firstly we have to know how we get this date as an Independence Day?
In 1929, when Jawaharlal Nehru as Congress President gave the call for ‘Poorna Swaraj’ or total independence from British colonial rule, January 26 was chosen as the Independence Day. In fact, Congress party continued to celebrate it 1930 onwards, till India attained independence and January 26, 1950 was chosen as the Republic Day – the day India formally became a sovereign country and was no longer a British Dominion. So, it is based on Mountbatten’s inputs the Indian Independence Bill was introduced in the British House of Commons on July 4, 1947 and passed within a fortnight. It provided for the end of the British rule in India, on August 15, 1947, and the establishment of India. But we all know that freedom did not come to us so easily. For us Independence came at a price. Following years of violent, non-violent and non-cooperation movements, India received freedom, after the partition of Pakistan and India. The division of the two nations solely on the grounds of religion damaged the harmony between the two sides. Freedom fighters like Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, and Chandra Shekhar Azad were just a few amongst hundreds who not only fought for their country.
On August 15, 1947, at the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort, the national flag of India was unfurled in all its glory by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. As the Independence Day speech for Prime Ministers have since been the custom – Tryst with Destiny – the speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, shall forever remain the superlative. Nehru said, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.” Today, we have completed 69 years as an independent democratic nation and still celebrating this glory. So, rest is history and we all know that this is the day of significance which greets us with true endeavor of freedom and patriotism.
Following the nation customs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted the flag at the Red Fort in Delhi after he followed by the speech. He spoke about various issues under which his government is working and what are the new approaches that our nation has to work on nearly in future. Slamming recent terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said India would never bow before terrorism. Evoking patriotism, Modi said we may not get an opportunity to die for the country but we have the opportunity to live for the country.
PM added, if we have millions of problems, we have 1.25 billion minds to solve them as well,” the PM said while stressing that the country’s founding principles including non-violence, social harmony and a respect for all religions. His remarks come amid outrage over attacks on Dalit’s or members of the lowest caste in different parts of the country including his home state of Gujarat.
He also mentions about the heavy increment on food products, “We haven’t allowed inflation to go beyond 6 per cent. There were two years of successive drought in the country. Production of pulses became a concern, but despite all that we tried our best to control the situation and compared to previous governments, I and my government did not allow the cost of a poor man’s thaali (plate) to be unaffordable.”
Here are the major statements that he mentioned in his speech about his working structure and how to make a progressive India for better tomorrow under his alliance:-
- Government is continuity and if there are good points in the works done by them, we, with bowed heads will continue that work.
- When there is clarity in policy, clarity in intent, decisions are unhesitating. We will remain relevant and be able to lead the global economy only if we come up to global standards. In the last few days you must have seen how rating agencies have appreciated our moves on ease of doing business.
- If discrimination is entrenched, our determination to fight it and our sensitivity to fighting it should be that much higher. Just economic progress is not enough, social equity is more important. We have to fight social evils together.
- GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage.
- Unity in diversity is our greatest strength. Our cultural tradition of respect for others, and assimilation is the reason why our civilization has persisted.
- Violence has no place in our country. This country will not tolerate terrorism and Maoism.
- I say to our neighbour’s, Let’s fight poverty, by fighting our own people we will destroy ourselves, only by fighting poverty together will we prosper.
- The Government will bear the health-care expenditure upto Rs 1 lakh per annum for the BPL families.
- This government does not believe in postponing things. We have fulfilled our promise of one rank one pension. We have released all files relating to Netaji Subhash Bose. That was another promise we had made.
- In the field of solar power we have seen a growth of 116 per cent. It is unprecedented.
- One nation, one grid and one price- we have worked on this. Renewable energy is a focus area for us. In the field of solar power we have seen a growth of 116 per cent. It is unprecedented.
- In the past any businessman who wanted to invest in this country had to spend more than six months just registering his business. However, with this government we have simplified the procedure to an extent that in last July itself, 900 such registrations have taken place.
- “Unity in diversity is our greatest strength. Our cultural tradition of respect for others, and assimilation is the reason why our civilisation has persisted,” Modi said.
On this day, progression towards a better India for tomorrow shall forever be our pledge to our forefathers to whom we owe the freedom of this great nation – Prime Minister ended his speech with chants of “Vande Mataram”.
Happy 70th Independence Day to all..!!
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