Kashmir issue cannot be resolved by bullet or abuse: Narendra Modi

Newsroom24x7 Staff

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spelt out his government’s priorities by focusing attention on structural reforms across sectors, determination to combat terrorism and corruption, and the efforts being made to accelerate the momentum of growth.

The Prime Minister was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on Independene Day.

At the outset Modi said, “People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.”

The PM remarked that as the country marks 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav, each and every person must take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’. “India witnessed her collective strength from 1942 to 1947. Similarly, next five years, 2017 to 2022 are crucial for the country’s progress”, the PM said.

1st January 2018 would not be an ordinary day, Modi said adding those born in this century would start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation (They are going to shape the destiny of our nation).”

Asserting that it was now time to leave the ‘Chalta Hai’ (accepting everything as OK) attitude and think of ‘Badal Sakta Hai'(bringing about change). “Badla Hai, Badal Raha Hai, Badal Sakta Hai… (things have changed, the situation is changing and we can bring about change) this should be our attitude”, Modi emphasised.

Prime Minister Modi said, “India’s security is our priority.” He lauded the role of the country’s jawans. He also announced the launching of a special portal on the gallantry award winners.

Modi praised the people for the successful implementation of GST. “GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped”, he said.

The PM expressed grave concern about terrorism and remarked that there was no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists. “The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us in this”, he said.

Modi said that only the spirit of brotherhood can solve the Kashmir issue. “We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir. “Na Gaali Se, Na Goli Se, Samasya Suljhegi Gale Lagane Se” (Not by bullet or abuse but only by embracing each other we can bring a change).

Reposing faith in the strength of eastern India, the Prime Minister stated, “We are taking the nation on a new track of development and are moving ahead with speed. We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow fast.”

The PM said that government would take strong action against corruption and the corrupt. “We won’t allow any more loot in the country. Those who have looted must be answerable.”

Modi said that everyone must be a part of the journey of building a ‘New India’ where farmers are not in distress, women get opportunities to flourish, a country free from evils of terrorism, communalism and casteism, a country free from corruption, a clean and healthy India.”

PM launches website to honour gallantry award winners

Prime Minister today launched a new website today to honour all the gallantry award winners since Independence.

Announcing the launch of the website http://gallantryawards.gov.in/ in a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said the portal will preserve and tell the stories of our bravest men and women, civilians as well as armed forces personnel.

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