India is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day on Thursday. After hoisting the National flag at the Red Fort, Prime Minister Modi addressed the nation, beginning his speech by paying tribute to the martyrs and those who fought for the freedom of the nation, and then gave a 10-week report card of his new government, which he said has taken various steps in different spheres, laying particular emphasis on the Triple Talaq law and the abrogation of Article 370.
However, even as he went on to speak about a variety of other topics including the need for water conservation, beginning a discussion on One Nation-One Poll and terrorism, he also spoke at length on the population explosion.
Expressing his concern on the growing population, the Prime Minister said: "I want to speak on the population explosion. This explosion is fatal for us and for our upcoming generation. There is an awareness group in our society. They think before giving birth to a child. They think that will I be able to give him the basic necessities. Will I be able to do justice to this child? Will I be able to perform my duty to fulfil his/her dream. Considering all the parameters, in our country through self-inspiration, there is a small group that benefits his/her own family as well as the country as a whole. Their role is massive and we must respect them, they express patriotism by keeping their family small. They stopped the population explosion, in one or two generations their family has gone to a different level altogether - they have acquired a good education, they got rid of diseases."
"It is important for us to think that 'will I be able to do justice to this child, will I be able to provide him with basic necessities? There can be no parents who give birth to a child to give them a bad life. Those who are aware, we must take an example from them and inspire ourselves. Governments also have to come together to stop the population explosion. We have to take it as our duty. We cannot leave a diseased society or an illiterate society. If our population is not healthy and not educated then neither the country is happy nor the family. We have to take care that appropriate facilities are a place so that we develop as a healthy and educated nation."
This is PM Modi's first Independence Day speech after winning a magnificent mandate in elections 2019. The BJP won a huge mandate in the Lok Sabha Polls 2019. The nation gave a clear verdict to the NDA. With counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections, the NDA won 353 seats. The 2019 elections saw high-octane electric campaigning from both sides as the BJP went hammer and tongs, expressing confidence at each turn that it would not only repeat but also better its tally of 282 votes from five years earlier, whereas the Congress and other Opposition parties, also campaigned heavily though without being able to make any convincing show of unity.
President Ram Nath Kovid 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.