Independence Day 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: India lauds PM Modi’s I-Day speech; continues to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’

75th Independence Day 2022 Celebrations highlights, Independence Day 2022 Speech, Flag Hoisting, Parade at Red Fort Updates: President Joe Biden recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “enduring message of truth and non-violence” to honour 75 years of India’s democratic journey and said that the US and India are indispensable partners.

Independence Day 2022 HIGHLIGHTS: India lauds PM Modi’s I-Day speech; continues to celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir policemen wave tri-colours during 76th Independence Day celebrations at Sher-e- Kashmir Cricket Stadium, in Srinagar, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. (PTI Photo/S. Irfan)

75th Independence Day Speech by PM Modi HIGHLIGHTS: Leaders and intellectuals from across the world have been congratulating India since Monday morning for its 75th Independence Day. President Joe Biden recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “enduring message of truth and non-violence” to honour 75 years of India’s democratic journey and said that the US and India are indispensable partners. Bill Gates too congratulated India and called the country’s development in healthcare and digital transformation “inspiring”.

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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence day speech on Monday called for a fight against corruption and said that dynasticism and corruption are the twin evils that India must fight to overcome. Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on 75th Independence Day, Modi said that nepotism is hollowing out India’s institutions and is leading to corruption in many cases.

Modi further laid down five resolves for India. “In coming years, we’ve to focus on ‘Panchpran’- First, to move forward with bigger resolves & resolve of developed India; Second, erase all traces of servitude; Third, be proud of our legacy; Fourth, strength of unity & Fifth, duties of citizens which includes the PM and CMs,” Modi said.

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The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to respect women. He further added that the countrymen must work towards a ‘Viksit Bharat’ (developed India), and that we must remove any vestiges of colonialism, and retain our roots, while ensuring unity in diversity. PM Modi also said that Indians must carry out their duties to ensure that India is a developed nation in the next 25 years.

Ahead of his speech at the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the National Flag. The unfurling was followed by a shower of flower petals from helicopters. Beginning his speech at the Red Fort, Modi said that it is a historic day for India as it takes a new path. “During ‘Azadi Mahotsav’, we remembered our many national heroes. On Aug 14, we remembered the horrors of partition. Today, is the day to remember all citizens of the country who contributed towards taking our country forward in these last 75 years,” he said.

The Prime Minister further added that India is an aspirational society where changes are being powered by a collective spirit. He said that the people of India want positive changes and also want to contribute towards it.

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As India celebrates 75 years of Independence, the countrymen have all been united with a feeling of patriotism. From changing profile pictures on social media to hoisting flags and taking out marches, the entire nation has been a part of the festivities. Especially more so this year, as the government had launched a host of programmes, including the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to merk 75 years of India’s Independence. This Independence Day seems special to many as it is coming at a time when the nation is collectively coming out of the shackles of Covid-19 pandemic.

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21:33 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Bihar speaker delivers emotional speech on I-Day

Bihar Speaker Vijay Kumar Sinha, who faces a no-confidence motion by members of the 'Mahagathbandhan' led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Monday delivered an emotional speech at a function on Vidhan Sabha premises on the occasion of Independence Day. PTI

18:53 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Teachers, staff miss Independence Day flag hoisting at UP school; complaint filed

Villagers here on Monday staged a protest alleging that the national flag was not hoisted at the government primary school in Harraiya development block and no teacher or employee came to the school on the Independence Day. PTI

17:59 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
HP: Tiranga Yatra procession

Young students of a Madrasa in Shimla at Boileauganj take part in a Tiranga Yatra procession to celebrate the 76th Independence day

17:37 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Indian tricolour flutters at edge of space

At the edge of space at an altitude of nearly 30 km, the Indian tricolour was unfurled by a BalloonSAT. It was launched by an organisation promoting awareness about space sciences in India.

17:15 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Reiterate resolve to strengthen message of unity, nation-building: Priyanka Gandhi on I-Day

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday greeted the people of the country on the 76th Independence Day and urged them to unitedly work to take the country forward. PTI

16:28 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Beating Retreat ceremony underway at Attari-Wagah border
#watch | Punjab: Beating Retreat ceremony underway at the Attari-Wagah border near Amritsar on the occasion of #independenceday #indiaat75— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
15:57 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Nepal PM extends his “hearty felicitations” to PM Modi
Nepal PM Sher Bahadur Deuba extends his “hearty felicitations to PM Narendra Modi and people of India on the occasion of Independence Day”— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
15:42 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
PM flags ‘holier than thou’ problem, asks for how long world will ‘distribute certificates to us’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hit out at the “holier than thou” problem prevailing in the world that is creating tensions and asserted that it is India that has given the mantra of 'the world is one family'. In his ninth consecutive speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, Modi also asked how long the world will “continue to distribute certificates to us” and how long India will live on such certificates. “Will we not set our own standards? Can a country of 130 crore not make efforts to exceed its standards?” he asked. Modi said that after so many decades of independence, the way the world sees India has changed. “The world is looking at India proudly, is looking with anticipation. The world has started searching for solutions on India's soil. This change in the thinking of the world is the result of our journey of 75 years,” he said. (PTI)

15:25 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
PM lauds armed forces for supporting self-reliance initiative, mentions export of Brahmos missile

In his Independence Day address from the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday complimented the armed forces for supporting his vision for a self-reliant India and made a mention of the export of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. Modi also referred to the use of an indigenously developed howitzer gun for the first time for the ceremonial 21-gun salute at the celebrations. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) has been developed under the government's 'Make in India' initiative by the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO). “Which 'Hindustani' will not get new inspiration and strength from this sound (of the home-grown gun),” the prime minister asked. (PTI)

15:05 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
India at 75: From no G to 5G – Milestones in telecom evolution

In the past 75 years, the country has grown from strength to strength, even leap-frogging technological advances, and is now well on its way to becoming a fully digital nation. From “no G to 5G”, here’s a look at some of the significant events in India’s history of telecom.

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14:51 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Feels special to be here, say first timers at Red Fort Independence Day event

Sixty-year-old Bhagmani Devi couldn't catch 40 winks as she was thrilled about visiting the Red Fort on Independence Day and seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi “up close” for the first time. She arrived at Red Fort with her son, who is in the Indian Air Force, wearing her best saree for the occasion which matched the saffron colour of the national flag. “The whole night I kept thinking which saree I should wear. Should I slip on the new sandals or flats,” Devi said. “I am very happy that I got the chance to visit Red Fort. This is the first time I am visiting the Red Fort on Independence Day and this is also the first time I am getting a chance to listen to Modi,” Bhagmani told PTI. PM Modi hoisted the national flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort and addressed the nation for the ninth consecutive time. (PTI)

14:29 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
On I-Day, Punjab CM Mann launches 75 ‘Aam Aadmi Clinics’

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday dedicated 75 'Aam Aadmi Clinics' to the people of the state to mark 75 years of India's independence. After hoisting the national flag during a state-level function at Guru Nanak Stadium here, Mann inaugurated one of the clinics at a separate event and said his party had fulfilled a poll promise. The mohalla clinics will offer around 100 types of clinical tests for free, besides giving medicines to patients at no cost. Each of these clinics will have four staff members, including an MBBS doctor and a laboratory technician.

“Today, we dedicate 75 mohalla clinics to mark 75 years of Independence,” Mann told the media. More such clinics will be launched in the coming days, he added. (PTI)

14:21 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Anganwadi, mortuary workers, street vendors among special guests at 76th I-Day event at Red Fort

Anganwadi workers, street vendors, mortuary workers and mudra scheme borrowers were among the special guests for the 76th Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort, reported PTI. The August 15 ceremony is particularly significant this year as it marks the 75th anniversary of the country's independence, with the government launching a host of exercise to add to the verve around the celebrations. The PTI report further said that Swachhagrah, frontline workers, auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers and labourers who prepared the majestic tableaus were among the special guests invited to the Republic Day parade in January this year.

13:48 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Kochi Metro Rail offers commuters uniform Rs 10 ticket for travel to any destination

Kochi Metro Rail Limited, the operator of the Kochi Metro, is all set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day on Monday. Besides various events that have been arranged at the stations to mark the occasion, KMRL is offering its commuters the freedom to travel any distance for just Rs 10. Loknath Behera, Managing Director, KMRL hosted the national flag at 8 am at OCC Building at Muttom.

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13:32 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Independence Day speech: PM Modi ditches teleprompter for paper notes

In a break from practice that had come in for some criticism and embarrassment at times due to technical glitches, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ditched the teleprompter while delivering his Independence Day speech and was instead seen referring to paper notes. 

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13:30 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
India Inc joins in celebrating India@75

Indian industry bigwigs, including billionaires Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani, on Monday joined the celebrations of India's 75 years of independence, pledging to work for the ascent of new India on the global stage. With patriotic fervour overtaking the entire country with hoisting of flags and other programmes to celebrate the 76th Independence Day, corporate tycoons tweeted pictures and videos of their celebrations. Reliance Industries released a short clip of its Chairman Mukesh Ambani along with his wife Nita Ambani and grandson Prithvi Ambani waving the national tricolour amid a group of people celebrating Independence Day.

Richest Indian Gautam Adani said India stands on the threshold of infinite opportunities and accelerated growth. (PTI)

13:11 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Multi-layered security, special snipers ensure airtight security as country celebrates 75th I-Day

From facial recognition system cameras to multi-layered security cover, robust arrangements were in place in and around the historic Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation as India celebrated its 76th Independence Day on Monday. National Security Guard (NSG) snipers, elite Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos, 400 kite catchers, canine units and sharpshooters on buildings were part of the airtight security arrangements in place in view of the terror attack threats ahead of the Independence Day celebrations. Further, a five-kilometre area around the Red Fort was marked as a “no kite flying zone” till the tricolour was hoisted. (PTI)

12:40 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Congress leaders take a pledge at Gandhi Smriti to serve the country
Delhi | Congress leaders take a pledge at Gandhi Smriti to serve the country as members of the party and work towards the unity of the nation, on #independenceday #indiaat75— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
12:30 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Prepare for India’s 100th Independence Day from today: Odisha CM

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged the people of the state to give their time for nation building so that a major transformation could be achieved in the next 25 years, leading to the centenary of India's Independence. Addressing the Independence Day function at the Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said the country has achieved many milestones in the last 75 years and can now compete with other leading nations. “As India will celebrate the centenary of its Independence after 25 years, we have to be prepared for the occasion from today. I am optimistic that Odisha will contribute significantly towards nation building. We can bring a major change if we give some time to the country,” he said. (PTI)

12:16 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulates India
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulates India on #independenceday “..As you proudly celebrate India’s stunning achievements in the past 75 years, you can count on France to always stand by your side,” he tweets. #indiaat75— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
11:57 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
President Murmu pays tribute at National War Memorial in Delhi
President Droupadi Murmu pays tribute at National War Memorial in DelhiArmy chief, Gen.Manoj Pande, Indian Navy chief, Admiral R Hari Kumar and Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari present#independenceday #indiaat75— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
11:54 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
No dearth of talent but corruption makes right talent devoid of opportunities: Jitendra Singh

Hoisting the national flag Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said, “India is winning so many medals. It's not as if there was any dearth of talent earlier but due to corruption & nepotism, the right talent was devoid of opportunities. We would've been devoid of images of India winning laurels in international events.”

11:42 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar takes part in I-Day celebrations

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar took part in #independenceday celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna today.

11:15 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
5th August to be celebrated as Freedom from Corruption day in J&K, says Lt Gov Manoj Sinha

Following Modi's call for fight against corruption, news agency ANI reported that J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha today said that the administration has decided 5th August to be celebrated as Freedom from Corruption day every year in J&K. He said that continuous drives against corruption will be done throughout the year.

10:43 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Sonia Gandhi extends greetings on Independence Day
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi extends greetings on #independenceday “In the last 75 years, India has made a global mark in science, education, health, information technology and other areas through the sheer hard work of talented Indians..,” reads her statement.— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
10:36 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Bill Gates congratulates PM Modi for India’s 75th Independence Day

Bill Gates congratulates PM Modi, calls India's development in healthcare, digital transformation “inspiring”

10:27 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
We bow before all freedom fighters: Uttarakhand CM
Greetings & congratulations on #independenceday. In line with PM's call, national flag is flying high at every house. We bow before all freedom fighters & those who laid down their lives. New generation is getting introduced to our history. It's a moment of pride: Uttarakhand CM— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) August 15, 2022
10:06 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs extends warm greetings to India
Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Narayan Khadka extends warm greetings and felicitations to EAM Dr S Jaishankar on the happy occasion of 76th #independenceday Day of India: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal#indiaat75— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
09:53 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
5G mobile services to start soon: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on Monday said that India will soon see the advent of 5G mobile services. Modi stressed on 'Made-in-India' technology solutions to meet the challenges of new India. The Prime Minister said that it is time for India's techade and digital technology is going to bring in reforms in every area. “India's techade is here! With 5G, semiconductor manufacturing & Optical Fibre Cable (OFCs) in villages, we are bringing a revolution through Digital India to the grassroots level,” Modi said.

09:24 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Tricolour balloons released from the Red Fort

Tricolour balloons released from the Red Fort, soon after PM Narendra Modi concluded his address on the 76th I-Day speech.

08:55 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
PM Modi stresses on fight against corruption

“Corruption is eating away at the foundation of India. I want to fight against it. I call upon the 130 crore Indians to help me fight against corruption,” PM Modi said.

08:53 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
India needs cooperative competitive federalism to ensure progress: PM Modi

PM Modi stated that India needs cooperative competitive federalism. “We need a competition over progress. If one state has worked to ensure progress, the other must do better,” Modi said in his I-day speech.

08:52 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Our future lies in the depths of space and the ocean: PM Modi
It's our endeavour that the youth of the country get all support for research in all areas from – space to the depths of the ocean. That's why we are expanding our Space Mission & Deep Ocean Mission. The solution to our future lies in the depths of space and the ocean: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
08:48 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyaan aur Jai Anusandhan: PM Modi
We always remember Lal Bahadur Shastri ji's slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'. Later, AB Vajpayee added 'Jai Vigyaan' to this slogan. Now, there is another necessity to add – 'Jai Anusandhan' (research & innovation). Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyaan aur Jai Anusandhan: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) August 15, 2022
08:42 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
PM Modi calls on private sector to ensure ‘Made in India’, ‘aatmanirbhar Bharat’

“A self-reliant India or 'aatmanirbhar Bharat' is the responsibility of every citizen, every government, and every unit of society. Self-reliant India — this is not a government agenda or a government program. This is a mass movement of the society, which we have to take forward,” PM Modi said. “I invite the private sector to ensure that “made in India” products are spread globally,” he further added.

08:42 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
Ensure we are united through ‘India First’ mantra: PM Modi

Equality is the cornerstone of India's progress, PM Modi stated, adding, “we need to make sure we are united through the mantra of 'India first'.

08:38 (IST) 15 Aug 2022
India is an aspirational society, says PM Modi

I can see that the citizens are aspirational. An aspirational society is an asset to any country and we are proud that today in every corner of India aspirations are high. Every citizen wants to change things but is not ready to wait. They want speed & progress: PM Modi