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”.
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.
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.
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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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
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
Young students of a Madrasa in Shimla at Boileauganj take part in a Tiranga Yatra procession to celebrate the 76th Independence day
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.
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
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)
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)
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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)
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)
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.
Over the decades, the country’s pharmaceutical industry has made of capable of producing all types of drugs, including vitamins, antibiotics, semi-synthetic penicillin, steroids, hormones, and synthetic phytochemicals.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.”
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar took part in #independenceday celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna today.
In his speech, PM Modi listed corruption and nepotism as the biggest challenges before the country as it enters its ‘Amrit Kaal’ in its journey towards national development over the next 25 years.
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.
The US and India are indispensable partners, President Joe Biden has said and recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “enduring message of truth and non-violence” to honour 75 years of India’s democratic journey.
Bill Gates congratulates PM Modi, calls India's development in healthcare, digital transformation “inspiring”
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.
Tricolour balloons released from the Red Fort, soon after PM Narendra Modi concluded his address on the 76th I-Day speech.
“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.
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.
“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.
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'.
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