Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort to commemorate the 70th year of Independence. Speaking for over 90 minutes, PM Modi rerouted his government’s policies, stand on Pakistan and country’s unity.
PM said openly, “Ek Bharat, Shreshta Bharat,” which means United India – Best India! Further adding that there would be no tolerance for violence in the country and that social discrimination should be ended immediately.
“A nation which is divided because of reasons like caste and religion cannot achieve great things,” PM Modi said. Modi's speech on Independence Day also covered the issue of Pakistan's human rights abuses in its large province of Balochistan as well as Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.
Modi said the people of those areas have thanked him for drawing attention to their troubles, a reference to his warning last week that if Pakistan continues instigating the violence that has seared the Kashmir Valley for over a month.
Here are the 10 points which PM covered during his speech from Red Fort -
It is the time to turn the Swaraj (Self-Rule) into Su-Rajya (Good governance)
On this vary day, we remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru and countless people who sacrificed their lives for the Independence.
I can give you a long list of work that we have done. But if I tell you everything, I'll have to keep speaking for over a week. That's why I will speak not only of Neeti (policy) but of Niyat (Intent).
From Ved to Vivekanand, from Mohan (Lord Krishna) to Mohan (Mahatma Gandhi), from Mahabharat's Bhim to Bhim Rao (Ambedkar), India has a long and glorified legacy.
It's sad that when a place can be reached in only 3 hours, it has taken 70 years to take electricity to these villages.
We want to change situation where people are scared of Income Tax authorities.
Under the previous government, inflation had crossed 10 per cent. Under our efforts, we have not let it go above 6 per cent.
Economic progress is not the only measure of an empowered society. A strong society is built on social justice.
Our mantra is to combine the trio of reform, perform, transform.
Many innocents were killed in Peshawar terrorist attack, but there were tears in everyone's eyes in Parliament here. That is the nature of India.