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PM Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day at Red Fort

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his fourth Independence Day speech at the Red Fort on Tuesday spoke on different issue issues, ranging from farmers’ issues, GST, demonetisation, terrorism and triple talaq. Here are 10 points of his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

 

 

 

The prime minister was being criticized for not talking about the Gorakhpur hospital tragedy which has killed over 70 children so far. However, Modi broke his silence on Tuesday. The prime minister said, “In the last few days, some of our innocent children died in a hospital. All the countrymen stand together at this time,” he said.

 

During the course of his speech, Modi said that India should create a New India before 2022, the year when it celebrates 75th year of Independence. “We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’,” Modi said.

Let us come together to create an India free of corruption, nepotism, casteism, communalism and terrorism. Let us build a country which is clean, healthy and is self-determined,” he said.

 

Modi had previously spoken on the Quit India Movement during his monthly Mann ki Baat address as well as the special session of the Parliament to commomerate the event. During his Independence Day speech, he once again invoked the historic event.

 

Asking Indians to take inspiration from the 1942 movement, Modi said, “Within five years, the British had left the country because of our unity,” he said. “We have to take a sankalp of new India and take the country forward.”

 

Remembering the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi to the freedom movement, “There was a Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi once. People with cotton in their hands support Gandhi and eventually, the country got freedom,” he added.

 

Modi put special emphasis on the New Years’ Day 2018, telling Indians that the year will mark the comming of age of a whole generation which will steer India forward.

 

“The upcoming 1 January on 2018 will not be standard. The people who were born in the 21st century will find that this date will decide a lot in their lives,” he said.

 

“I welcome all the youths who will turn 18 in 2018. Now, you are getting an opportunity to be a part of the force which develops India,” said the prime minister.

 

 

Modi hailed the surgical strikes that took place on 29 November, 2016 and reiterated that his government is serious about tackling various national security issues. “After the surgical strike, the entire world had to acknowledge India’s strength,” the prime minister said.

 

“The concern for national security is a natural one in an independent India,” Modi said.

 

“Our security forces have always shown their capabilities whenever on duty. Whether it is terrorism or infiltrators, our security personnel have always been ready for sacrifice,” Modi added.

 

Modi hailed his government for several breakthrough measures like One Rank One Pension, GST and demonetization.

 

Taking a jibe at black money holders, Modi said, “The people who stole from the poor are still uncomfortable. Today, people are celebrating a mahotsav of honesty,” said the prime minister.

 

Reiterating the government’s commitment to the armed forces, Modi said, “For 30 or 40 years, the matter of One Rank One Pension was stuck. But our government took steps to fulfil the demand of our security personnel.”

 

On governments other development measures, he said, “Today, roads and railway tracks are being constructed twice as fast. Today, over 14,000 villages have got electricity.”

 

Focusing on financial inclusion of the weaker sections of the society, Modi said, “29 crore people have got bank accounts now.”

 

Militancy in Kashmir was another major highlight of the speech. Taking a conciliatory approach towards Kashmir is, Modi reiterated that the Kashmir issue can be solved only through peaceful means. “Parivartan hoga Kashmiri ko gale lagake (There can be a chnage only by taking Kashmiris together),” Modi said.

 

Promising to bring prosperity to the militancy-infested state, he said: “The development of Jammu and Kashmir is also a commitment of the people and the government there.”

 

However, while the prime minister spoke of involving common Kashmir’s in India’s growth story, he said that militancy will not be treated leniently.

 

 

“A lot happens in Kashmir. A lot of claims have been made. A lot of people abuse each other. There are a lot of separatists. But there will be no leniency for terrorism. I have told many to become a part of democracy,” said the prime minister.

 

The Triple Talaq issue found a notable mention in the speech. Reiterating his government’s support to the movement against Triple Talaq, ,Modi added that India will also support Muslim women in their struggle.

 

“I believe India will fully support the women in their struggle. The women of this country created a revolution against Triple Talaq. There was an atmosphere against Triple Talaq in the country with even the media supporting the women,”he said.

 

Modi asserted that violence in the name of faith is “not acceptable” and described casteism and communalism as “poison” for the country. The comments assume significance in the backdrop of incidents of lynching’s by cow vigilantes.

 

“Violence in the name of faith is not acceptable in the country,” Modi said.

Pitching for harmony and peace, he said “Bharat Jodo” (connect India) should be the slogan like “Bharat chhodo” (Quit India) was during the freedom struggle. Modi said that problems like communalism and casteism cannot benefit the country in any way. “Therefore, violence cannot be emphasized in the name of faith,” he said.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE : Global figure of Corona reached 6,064,607 and 367,479 deaths

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Corona virus is causing havoc all over the world. This virus is continuously targeting people.

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According to the latest figures, the global figure of Corona has reached close to 6 million. At the same time, the death toll has gone beyond 3 lakh 64 thousand.

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The country most affected by the corona infection has a total of 17 lakh 45 thousand 930 cases of infection, with a total of 1 lakh 2 thousand 808 deaths.

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At the same time, Brazil is the second most affected country after Covid-19 infection with 4 lakh 65 thousand 166 cases, while Russia is third with 3 lakh 87 thousand 623 cases.

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Britain with 2 lakh 72 thousand 607 cases, Spain with 2 lakh 38 thousand 564 cases, Italy with 2 lakh 32 thousand 248 cases, France with 1 lakh 86 thousand 923 cases, Germany with 1 lakh 82 thousand 922 cases, India with 1 lakh 73 thousand 491 cases, Turkey with 1 lakh 73 thousand 120 cases, Iran with 1 lakh 46 thousand 668 cases and Peru with 1 lakh 41 thousand 779 cases are among the other countries most affected by the epidemic.

 

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