With India celebrating its 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation from the Red Fort in New Delhi. Beginning his speech after hoisting the Tricolour, the Prime Minister first paid tribute to the martyrs and those who fought for the freedom of the nation. He went on to state that within 10 weeks, his new government had taken various steps forward in all spheres of society. He said that the new government is dedicated towards the welfare of the citizens and that their commitment is to make the dreams of citizens true. The Prime Minister then enlisted all the steps taken by his government within 10 weeks.
The Prime Minister said the following:
The Prime Minister then said that the tenure of 2014 - 2019 was to fulfil the basic necessities of the weaker section and the govt has effectively done so. he then added that the tenure from 2019 is the tenure of fulfilling the dreams of the citizens. PM Modi said that they have prepared a blueprint of how India should be in this 21st century and they are committed towards it and taking a step every day to fulfil it. He thanked the nation to give an opportunity to serve them.
President Ram Nath Kovid had addressed the nation ahead of the 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday and paid tribute to the martyrs who had sacrificed their lives in winning freedom for the country. President Kovind invoked the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Guru Nanak to inspire the Indians and said that the country largely functioned even today according to the ideals of the father of the nation.
In his address on the eve of Independence Day, President Kovind said, “We are a young country, a society increasingly defined and shaped by our youth. The energies of our young are being channelized in so many directions – in a quest for excellence from sport to science, from scholarship to soft skills. This is heart-warming. Nevertheless, the greatest gift we can give our young and our coming generations is to encourage and institutionalise a culture of curiosity – especially in the classroom. Let us listen to our children – for through them the future whispers to us.”
Apart from the youth, President spoke about various other topics, like the revocation of Article 370, the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the successful elections this year, the importance of unity among the people, the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, infrastructure development and more.