New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call urging people of India to be proud of their rich heritage and their own identity. When we resolve to fulfil our goals, we should not try to imitate others, he said adding “When we are connected to our roots, only then we can fly high; and when we fly high, we can be in a position to provide solutions to the entire world.
The PM was addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 76th Independence Day. Modi said that 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 have emerged victorious in the end.
The PM said citizens are thankful to Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar who gave their lives on the path of duty. He also recalled the role and sacrifices of Mangal Pandey, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashafaqullah, and Ram Prasad Bismil who shook the foundations of foreign rule. He also went on to pay tributes to Rani Lakshmi Bai, Jhalkari Bai, Rani Chennamma and Begum Hazrat Mahal, the Indian women who symbolised valour and supreme sacrifice.
The PM also paid trubues to Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lohia, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhagwan Birsa Munda, and Siddho- Kanu.
PM Modi saluted the armed forces for taking forward the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. “For the first time in 75 years, a made-in-India gun has been used for a ceremonial gun salute from Red Fort, he said. “When Our Brahmos is exported to the world who is not proud, observed, without directly referring to the Brahmos deal with Philippines.
The PM was all praise for the children of India. “I salute children who are saying no to imported toys”, he said adding “when a five-year-old says ‘no videshi’, ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ runs through his veins.”
He was emphatic in saying that India is the “mother of democracy”. He told the citizens, be self reliant, be yourself, be proud of your legacy and do not try to be like others (without saying do not ape the West).
Modi said there are two big challenges before the country. The first Challenge is Corruption and the second challenge is “bhai-Bhatijawaad” nepotism and “parivarvaad” (familism).
As he went on to give five pledges – “panch prans” – to fulfil dreams of the country in next 25 years, the PM gave a call for a decisive war against corruption and ‘Parivaarwaad’ (familism).
Modi said: “When I talk about nepotism and familism, people think I am talking about politics only. No, unfortunately that evil in the political field has nurtured familism in every institution of India. We have to raise awareness against ‘Parivaarwaad’ to realise the strength of our institutions and to take country forward on the basis of merit.”
Pointing to corruption, Modi said, it is eating into the vitals of the country like a termite, the people of India will have to fight it. It is our effort that those who have looted the country should face the consequences and the nation’s wealth be returned. The evil of corruption will not end till we do not create hatred towards the corrupt. Till we do not compel the society to look down on the corrupt, the PM added.
On the 76th Independence Day the country is witnessing the renaissance of collective consciousness among Indians, the Prime Minister said adding this “Amrit Kaal”, every citizen wants to see dreams come true, every Indian is aspiring to see the nation develop at a rapid pace.
With the slogan, “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwaas, Sabka Prayaas” the PM urged the youth to dedicate next 25 years for nation’s development.
The Prime Minister also said in his speech: “It is our endeavor that the youth of the country should get a lot of help for research from the boundless space to the depths of the ocean. That’s why we are expanding the space mission, the Deep Ocean Mission. In the depths of space and ocean lies the essential solution for our future.”
“Be it education or science, women of the country are at top. Be it sports or battlefield, India’s women are stepping forward with new capabilities and confidence. I see immense contribution by women in the next 25 years – much more than what they have done in the last 75 years.”
“Self-reliant India is the responsibility of every citizen, of every government, of every unit of society. Self-reliant India is not a government agenda or a government program. It is a mass movement of the society, which we have to take forward.”
“We are the people who see Lord Shiva in each pebble, we are the people who see Narayan (Supreme Lord) in in everyone, we are the people who call the woman as Narayani (Goddess), we are the people who see the divine in the plant and we are the people who consider the river as mother.”
“Today the world is facing the problem of environment. We have a way to solve the problems of global warming. For this we have the heritage which our ancestors have given us.”
“There is something special about India. India is an aspirational society where changes are being powered by a collective spirit.”
“The first morning of Amritkal, as we enter the 76th year of Independence, is a golden opportunity to meet the aspirations of the Aspirational Society. The Tricolor flag has shown the great potential within our country.”
“Our countrymen have also made achievements, made effort, have not given up and have not allowed their resolutions to fade away.”