- Chants of 'Vande Mataram' and the celebration of the abrogation of Article 370 took the centre stage in the Independence Day celebration
- World leaders on Thursday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian people on the 73rd Independence Day and described New Delhi as a close friend.
The gusto of India's 73rd Independence Day was not just spread across the country but the chants of 'Jai Hind' was echoed across the world.
Republic TV reported live from London, United Kingdom, wherein people from the Indian community gathered in masses, with the tricolour to mark the occasion.
Chants of 'Vande Mataram' and the celebration of the abrogation of Article 370 took the centre stage.
World leaders on Thursday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian people on the 73rd Independence Day and described New Delhi as a close friend.
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering were among the first leaders to congratulate Prime Minister Modi.
"India is our neighbour and close friend and we shall continue working with the Indian government to further strengthen the ties between Maldives and India," Solih said in a tweet.
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Modi thanked him, saying India cherishes the strong friendship between the two nations.
Nepal's Oli said his country is delighted to observe India's rapid economic growth achieved over the past seven decades.
Modi responded by expressing hope that the friendship between the neighbours continues to scale new heights and enhance prosperity for the two peoples.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering tweeted he "sees new chapters of friendship unfold for the two countries."
"But for today, I wish the people of India a happy Independence Day. We pray for a peaceful and prosperous India," he wrote.
Modi, who is visiting Bhutan later this week, said Tshering is correct about the unwavering friendship between India and Bhutan.
"This friendship is growing in a wide range of sectors, which is a great sign. I look forward to meeting you during my upcoming Bhutan visit," the PM said.
Here are the highlights of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday:
- One nation, one constitution spirit has become a reality after scrapping of provisions of Article 370 and India is proud of it.
- 'Population explosion' causes new challenges for coming generations, central and state governments should launch measures to deal with it.
- There is a 'huge' scope for improvement in the tourism sector, everyone should visit at least 15 tourist destinations within India by 2022.
- Chief of Defence Staff to ensure coordination and provide effective leadership to three services will be created.
- Discussions should now be held on one nation, one election, it is imperative to make the country great.
- India can become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the next five years.
- We have decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure building.
- India does not want to wait too long for incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded.
- Our aim is to reach among first 50 nations in ease of doing business.
- 'Jal Jivan' mission to make drinking water available to all households announced, govt will spend Rs 3.5 lakh crore for it.
- GST brought to life the dream of one nation, one tax. India has also achieved one nation, one grid in the energy sector.
- The scrapping of Triple Talaq will help Muslim women live a better life; the decision should not be seen through a political prism.
- India is strongly fighting against those supporting terrorism.
- India is not the only target of terrorism in the region; countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have also been affected.
- If 2014-19 was an era to fulfil people's needs, the time since 2019 is about meeting aspirations and dreams.
- Peoples trust in us have given us new strength, the 2019 mandate shows that hopelessness has given way to hope among masses.
- Every effort made to remove corruption and black money is welcome; these are menaces that have ruined India for 70 years.
- The government should have a minimal role in people's lives.
- Let our people have the freedom of pursuing their own aspirations, let the right eco-system be made in this regard.
- India will soon become open defecation free country.
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(With PTI inputs)