I congratulate all Indians and those who love India on this Independence Day. It is a day to step towards a new direction with a new resolve, says PM Modi
India is mother of democracy, diversity is its strength: PM Modi on 76th Independence Day
Addressing the nation at the Red Fort on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stated that India’s strength lies in its diversity, it's the mother of democracy, and the country has faced many challenges during its journey of 75 years.
In his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Modi said, "I congratulate all Indians and those who love India on this Independence Day. It is a day to step towards a new direction with a new resolve... Our country is grateful to Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Ramprasad Bismil, Rani Laxmi Bai, Subash Chandra Bose, and all other freedom fighters who shook the foundations of the British Empire."
The PM also remembered adivasi freedom fighters such as Birsa Munda, Tirot Singh and Alluri Sitarama Raju who played a pivotal role in keeping the freedom struggle alive in every corner of India.
"As we celebrate the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsov, we need to also salute our soldiers, police forces, and most importantly every citizen who combated many challenges and yet worked towards the vision of new India. An aspirational society is important for any nation. Today, we are proud that these aspirations are present in every household in India. And, this Amrit Kaal is providing us a golden opportunity to fulfill the dreams and goals of this aspirational society," he said.
He further said, "As we celebrate 75 years of Independence, we need to now move with a renewed focus and resolve for the next 25 years, and this can be made possible through the strength and the determination of 130 crore Indians. I urge the youth to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives to the development of the nation. We will work towards even the development of the entire humanity. That is the strength of India."
"We always remember Lal Bahadur Shastri ji's slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan'. Later, Atal Bihari 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," said PM Modi.
The PM stated that for the next 25 years, the country needs to focus on the 5 resolves, 'Viksit Bharat, Removing every ounce of Gulami in us, Pride for our glorious heritage, Unity, Fulfilling our Duties'.
Speaking on corruption and black money, the PM said, "We have to fight against corruption with all our strength. In the last 8 years, use of Aadhaar, DBT and mobiles were used to find Rs 2 lakh crore of black money."
PM Modi also stressed the need to nurture young talent and said, "Another evil we need to come together against is nepotism. We need to give opportunities to this who are talented and will work towards the progress of the nation. Talent will be the basis of a New India."
"Our stellar performances at the international sporting events are an example of India's shining talent. We need to promote and support such talent. To cleanse every institute of India, let's shift our mentality from Bhai Bhatijawad and Parivaarwad and give opportunity to the citizens who deserve it," he added.
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