Narendra Modi’s speech on Independence Day 2016: Here are the top quotes

Narendra Modi speech on Independence Day: PM Modi will unfurl the national flag at Red Fort and address the nation at around 8 am today. Follow for Live updates.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2016 2:06 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort to commemorate the 70th year of Independence. Prime Minister Modi hoisted the flag at the Red Fort post. Those present at the Red Fort included dignitaries from across the world, eminent professionals, and school students.

The Prime Minister’s speech usually begins a little post 8 am. As has been the tradition, Prime Minister Modi is expected to list out his government’s achievements over the last two years, as well as speak his mind on the road ahead.

Also Read: Why was August 15 chosen as Independence Day? 

Also present at the ceremony were the Prime Minister’s Cabinet as well as senior leaders of the Opposition. Prime Minister listed out the achievements of his government since last two years and also launched a scathing attack on Pakistan for supporting terrorism.

Also read: Why was August 15 chosen as Independence Day?

Here are the updates from his Independence Day speech Red Fort

*The way people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have thanked me, they have thanked the whole population of my country. I want to offer my gratitude to these people

*In Peshawar, when innocent children were killed in a terrorist attack, India’s parliament was crying. The whole nation was shedding tears for those kids

*Violence does not have any place in our country. In the name of Maoism at the forest areas and in the name of terrorism at the borders, violence is being carried out

*A nation which is divided because of reasons like caste and religion cannot achieve great things

*Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar and saints like Ramanajunacharya have stressed on need for social unity

*We all will have to rise above the evils in our society. Only then we can make a robust and succesful India

*We don’t do anything in bits and pieces. We have an integrated approach to our work

*Guru Gobind Singh (10th Sikh Guru) used to say ‘the hand which never did any Sewa, how can i consider that hand pious?’ I want to congratulate our farmers for their hardwork

*Just three hours from Delhi, in Hathras, there is a village Narda Patela. It takes only three hours to reach there from Delhi but it took 70 years for electricity to reach that village

*After 70 years of Independence, the nation has changed. Now the people don’t get satisfied by a mere declaration of policy or plan. Now it expects to see the changes on grassroots.

*Today i am not only going to talk about policy but also about intention

*There are a lot of problems which our country faces but we also have 1.25 billion people to solve these problems

*Whether it is Panchayat or Parliament, whether it if Gram Pradhan or Prime Minister, everyone will have to fulfil their responsibilities to achieve the goal of ‘Surajya’

*India is a thousands-year-old civilization. From Bhim of Mahabharat to Bhim Rao (Ambedkar), our journey has been long.

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Watch | Narendra Modi Addresses Nation On Independence Day

On Sunday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir, on the eve of Independence day.

Top brass of the security establishment briefed him on the prevailing situation in the country and the steps taken to foil any attempt by terrorists and other elements to disturb peace, official sources said. The national capital has seen an unprecendented level of security as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday address the country today from the ramparts of the Red Fort, where a galaxy of leaders, top civil, defence, police officials, school children and civilians will be present.

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir was also reviewed as there were intelligence inputs earlier that militants might try to attack security forces in the run up to the Independence Day in Jammu and Kashmir, sources told PTI.

Those who attended the meeting includes National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, chiefs of intelligence agencies besides others.

On Sunday, the eve of Independence Day, President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation. He condemned the violent attacks on Dalits and minorities, saying these incidents should be dealt with ‘firmly’, calling the violence against weaker sections that militate against the national ethos as “aberrations”.

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