On the occasion of 74th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag and delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech from the iconic Red Fort this morning. There are strict social distancing and safety measures in place as the celebrations are happening amid the coronavirus pandemic. This is PM Modi’s second Independence Day Speech since he won a second term.
He said “India faced centuries of foreign rule. All efforts were made to destroy our nation, our culture, our traditions, but they underestimated our self-belief and determination. We lived through it all and emerged victorious in the end.” Prime minister glorifies the action of Indian armed forces, he said “What India can do, the world has seen it in Ladakh.”, he added, “From LoC to LAC, India’s army has given the befitting reply”.
Adding to it Prime Minister also warns the people who wants to disturb the peace of the nation “Those who were busy finding new places to put their flags, who wanted to expand their empire underestimated us. The world saw two world wars and so many nations faced immense destruction, but we rose through it all. Our freedom struggle was seen by the world.” he said.
On COVID-19 situation he confesses “Today, India is working on three COVID-19 vaccines, which are at different stages of trials. Once they are closer to getting final clearances, we will announce a roadmap for distribution.” He said “Every Indian will have health id card; National Digital Health Mission will begin from today. This will bring in a new revolution”
“I admit there are many challenges for India to become atma-nirbhar (self-reliant), and yes, there is fierce competition from the rest of the world. But I always say that if India faces lakhs of challenges, it also has 130 crore solutions.”said Narendra Modi while addressing in the red fort this morning. He further added “As said earlier, we are working to double farmers’ income. Some of you may not know this, but unlike any other business, where a businessman has the freedom to sell their product or service in any part of the country or the world and at a price they want, our farmers, till now did not have that freedom. They could only sell to who they were told to sell. Now, we have removed these restrictions, and given farmers the freedom to sell at the best price, and to who they want.”
On being Atamnirbhar he added “Today, we focus on taking India to new heights, to build a new India – an atma nirbhar (self-reliant) India. India will most certainly achieve this. History is evidence to the fact that when India is determined to achieve something, it has always done so. A self-reliant India has now become the mantra for 130 crore Indians.” further adds “How long will we export raw material and import finished goods? Time has come that we put this cycle to an end. India must now manufacture everything it consumes, and not just that – export to the world too as we grow.”
On behalf of the entire nation, Prime Minister thanked the efforts of all corona warriors “All those healthcare workers, doctors and nurses, who have worked tirelessly to serve the nation amid the pandemic. Many have even lost their lives. The nation salutes them.”
He also admires the construction of historic Ram mandir and it’s importance.
With motivating lines he added “We have seen that when we put our mind to it, we can achieve anything. We never made PPE kits, our production of masks and ventilators was meagre, but today we are making them all.”
He ended his speech with a vision of the future, he said “As we celebrate 74th Independence day, we look forward to the important milestone ahead – our 75th year of Independence. And as we lead up to it, it brings new energy and determination to take the nation forward. When we reach that milestone, we shall celebrate in a grand manner.”