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*PM Modi speaks about women in the forces. Speaks about first woman fighter pilot being inducted during current government, as well as the first woman Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman*
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With lakhs of sacrifices we got Independence. Now, we have a challenge of maintaining this Independence. Netaji had said that with great sacrifice, we must win Independence. He said that India must have a great army to protect us. India has such an Army. Josh, Junoon and Jazba, this has been the tradition of our Army. Now, it's being augmented by technique and equipment.
We have never sought other's territory. But whomever poses a threat to India, they will get repaid in double.
*PM speaks about fulfilling commitment on One Rank-One Pension*
- PM Modi's speech
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Even today, Netaji's dreams haven't been fulfilled. We've achieved much but there's still a lot to be done
Some forces from outside and inside the country are targeting us. Every Indian needs to be inspired by Netaji to defeat them
We had a habit of viewing Europe through the lens of England. People here also saw India through the lens of England. Our education and everything else has suffered because of it.
- PM Modi
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Netaji was an inspiration for those fighting for self-determination and freedom in other countries as well.
Even Nelson Mandela looked up to him
- PM Modi
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Netaji made people unite against a government on which the sun never set.
Azad Hind Sarkar was not only a name but under the leadership of Netaji, every possible scheme was made.
Netaji had only one mission: India's Independence
First he was with Gandhiji in the Congress but later he chose his way
- PM Modi
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Today, October 21, is a historic day for us.
A victory parade at Red Fort was the dream that Netaji saw.
Azad Hind Sarkar was the sarkar of Independent India
I salute those parents who gave sons like Netaji
- PM Modi begins speech
Update at 9:39 AM: PM unfurls Tricolour to honour Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the 75th anniversary of the Azad Hind Government at Red Fort
Update at 9:10 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the refurbished national police memorial:
I am thankful that I am here to inaugurate and address this auspicious memorial for our Indian National Army soldiers faced trials by British authorities. This is an example that those who want to hurt our country you have stood still with your head held high. You never allow anyone to intrude in our country. The jawans that are on their duty in Jammu and Kashmir I have just want to say that you are doing an incredible job. These jawans have not even allowed the Maoist to break the peace of our country. NDRF and SDRF jawans in uniform work day and night to save the lives of our people. Please never forget their sacrifices and the way they have saved a thousand lives.
I am very proud of our police force but I also have a question why did we have to wait this long to build this memorial. I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to dedicate the National Police memorial to the country as a symbol of the immortal saga of Nation Service and dedication. Every person dedicated in the security of the country, the families of the martyrs present here, I am on the Police Memorial Day. Today, these days serve you all, to remember your Shaurya and the supreme sacrifice that is conventional our police and paramilitary force.
Why the previous govt did not work for this? Why did they take so long to? I think the legal reasons would have been a few years, but the desire of the first government would have tried to heart so these memorials would have been made several years ago. But earlier the government freezing dust on the stone established by Advani Ji.
Can’t think of NDRF without thinking of bravery even in such circumstances we don’t even remember such contribution and sacrifice. For such brave, I today announce an award. Award in the name of Netaji Bose. It will be announced every year on Netaji birth anniversary.
Update at 8:10 AM: PM inaugurates Azad Hind museum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join freedom fighters and veterans to unfurl the tricolour from the Red Fort on October 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose’s 'Azad Hind Government'. On October 21, 1943, Netaji, as Bose is popularly known, announced the formation of the country’s first independent government .
The Prime Minister would also lay the foundation stone of a museum dedicated to the Azad Hind Fauj.
Interacting with BJP workers via video-conference on Wednesday, PM Modi had announced his plans to attend the ceremony. Traditionally, the Prime Minister hoists the national tricolour at the historic Red Fort on Independence Day on August 15, however, PM Modi said that BJP respects everybody who served the country, irrespective of party affiliation. He said his government celebrates the contributions of many great personalities who were neglected by the Congress in its rule of several decades.
While the Congress neglected the likes of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the BJP believed in remembering everybody who played a role in nation-building, he said, citing his government's works, including constructing museums for noted tribal personalities and developing five places linked to Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.
"We respect everybody who served the country," he had said.
PM Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has already staked claim to the legacy of Sardar Patel, a lifelong Congressman and independent India’s first home minister. A 182-metre-high statue of Patel, the Statue of Unity, is to be unveiled by the Prime Minister downstream of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat on October 31.