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In first I-Day speech, PM Narendra Modi underlines need for a pact between government and citizen
This was what he wanted when he ramped up his election rhetoric of changing India within 60 months. But when it came to the big moment, his first Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi subtly shifted gears and promised a new connect between the government and citizens. Read full report by Rakesh Sinha
The first Independence Day speech that did not lean upon authority or pedigree
Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech was a commanding oratorical performance. It embodied a peculiar kind of democratic sensibility, but not one that we are used to, and can therefore easily miss. Historical comparisons are fraught, but Modi’s democratic sensibility, seems closest of all people, to De Gaulle. De Gaulle was described by one biographer, Jonathan Fenby, as a republican monarch.
Read full coloumn by Bhanu Pratap Mehta- ‘Self made in India’
Bullet-proof screen removed at 2 am, anxious moments for backup staff
The absence of the bullet-proof screen around Prime Minister Narendra Modi — as he delivered his maiden speech at Red Fort on Friday — sparked many a debate about his desire to reach out to the audience, to do away with what lies in between to ensure an impeccable presentation. Read full report here
Is BJP MP Yogi Adityanath listening to his boss?
PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day address, made a passionate appeal to people to shun casteism, communalism and regionalism. But what he said should be instructive to a senior BJP Lok Sabha member, Adityanath, who represents the Gorakhpur constituency. Only two days ago, the MP made a highly divisive speech in the House during a discussion on the communal situation. Read full report here
After a massive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, and with the Assembly elections drawing closer, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday took mediapersons with him on a transport infrastructure tour of Mumbai, where he showcased the development that his government has brought about in the country’s financial capital. R
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Full Text: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on 68th Independence Day
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