PM Modi’s Independence Day speech: ‘No place for violence in the name of astha, India is about shanti, ekta and sadbhavana’

PM Modi Independence Day speech: The Prime Minister emphasised on his ideas and visions about the New India, about which he first talked about at his party headquarters following the BJP’s stunning election victory in state polls conducted in February-March.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2017 7:26 pm
Narendra Modi, Red fort, Independence Day speech, Modi Red fort, Modi independence day speech, Modi Speech, Modi on independence day PM Modi Independence Day speech: Amidst criticism against his government for its handling of Kashmir issue, Modi said his government is committed to the “lost glory” of Kashmir.

On the occasion of the 71st Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had used his speeches from the ramparts of Red Fort to highlight his government’s focus for the year, spoke on his vision of New India – a corruption-free, violence-free India where people live in equality without caste and communal differences.

However, Modi, who had called for a moratorium on caste and communal violence for 10 years in his first Independence Day address in 2014, had to address a series of incidents of violence across the country in the name of cow vigilantism. Modi said: “Violence in the name of ‘Astha’ is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India. India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us.” Also Read: Seven podcasts that highlight the pain of India’s partition

Amidst criticism against his government for its handling of Kashmir issue, Modi said his government is committed to the “lost glory” of Kashmir. “Na gaali, na goli, parivartan hoga gale laga ke (Neither bullets nor brickbats will solve the Kashmir issue, only love will),” the PM said. He added that while “there is no question of being soft on terrorism”, any “violence in the name of faith cannot be condoned”. Also Read: The too late nation

Narendra Modi, Red fort, Independence Day speech, Modi Red fort, Modi independence day speech, Modi Speech, Modi on independence day Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves after concluding his Independence Day speech at Red Fort, New Delhi. Express Photo/Tashi Tobgyal

“I want to tell the youth of Kashmir and I’ve said this time and time again, come into the mainstream, you have a right to speak in a democracy,” the PM said.

He also spoke about the recent death of 60 children in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and the floods in various states, saying that the “people of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and tragedy”. Also Read: How world newspapers reported India’s independence in 1947

Modi emphasised on his ideas and visions about the New India, about which he first talked about at his party headquarters following the BJP’s stunning election victory in state polls conducted in February-March.

His address, which at around 56 minutes was the shortest ever, kept mentioning about demonetisation as an effective measure against the fight against corruption and blackmoney as he had promised in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Taking a swipe on those who cast their apprehension over its impact or to allay the fears that it hit the economy adversely, he said: “They said Modi gaya after demonetisation but it broke the back of corruption in country.” Also Read: PM Narendra Modi greets the nation on 71st Independence Day

Narendra Modi, Red fort, Independence Day speech, Modi Red fort, Modi independence day speech, Modi Speech, Modi on independence day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

It also indicated that a major highlight of the ruling BJP’s campaign would be the demonetisation and measures against graft and good governance.

According to the Prime Minister, during the last one year, the government’s anti-corruption steps led to the closure of 1.75 lakh shell companies, which were run by black money operators. “Eighteen lakh people have been identified where their assets are more than their known source of income. Of this 4.50 lakh people have accepted their fault. Interestingly, 1 lakh had never heard about income tax.”

He added: “With banks getting more money, loans are being made available at a lower rate of interest. This is helping the economy.”

Narendra Modi, Red fort, Independence Day speech, Modi Red fort, Modi independence day speech, Modi Speech, Modi on independence day PM Modi interacting with children at the Red Fort. (Express Photo/Tashi Tobgyal)

Another achievement, apart from the government’s flagship schemes for the farmers, he spoke about was the implementation of GST. “After GST (goods and services tax), greater transparency will come. In the case of transportation, there has been a 30 per cent reduction in time taken for goods movement as the check posts have been removed,” he said.

As usual, the PM had a message for the young India too. Pointing out that those who were born in the 21st century would turn 18 in 2018, he asked them it’s “time to shirk ‘chalta hai’ attitude. “Chalta hein ka zamana chala gaya hein… Change can happen… Badla hai, badal raha hai, badal sakta hai… this should be our attitude,” Modi said.

In an apparent message to his colleagues in the government and the party, he said speed in deliverance would be very important. “The common man is satisfied only when something appears on the ground. We can’t make things work on ground at a slow pace. We will have to accelerate our speed, move at faster pace,” he said.

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    Tutourabc
    Aug 16, 2017 at 7:11 am
    The Indian IQ 82,average IQ of African 78, the Vietnamese IQ 94, the European and American average IQ 102 of white people, the Chinese IQ 106 (first in the world),the USA Britain Germany etc. International authoritative IQ Organization released,anyone can google (web site:Iq-research,info),The Indians low IQ,show below: brain and idea is simple(Brain capacity is low),like to fantasy, like to bragging.Africans also are low IQ,show below: brain and idea is simple(Brain capacity is low),limbs developed, good at sports compe ions. Low IQ of Africans and Indians have a common,summarized as follows:Brain and idea is simple(Brain capacity is low),Both are Negro,lazy, dirty,Extreme poverty,like to fantasy future,Take the future did not yet happen or will not happen things at all ,As reality to bragging,After the stool finished,Wipe by hand,After eat by hand(it's primitive uncivilized race symbolize),hahaha
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    1. Devendra Mohanty
      Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm
      The wolf is preaching advantages of vegetarian food. Modi talking about nonviolence, peace, ekta and sadbhavna. One whose only Moto is power through whipping up communal passion and violence is talking peace. You can buy this idea at your own risk.
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        Tapan
        Aug 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm
        even a chameleon must be feeling ashamed...
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          Pant
          Aug 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          ONLY empty speeches by Modi and no work
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            sagar
            Aug 15, 2017 at 9:28 pm
            There is no ekta, shanti and sadbhavana in BJP itself. Just BJP Came to power make money for RSS. Unless Modi bans RSS looks like the whole tax-payer money will go into BJP party and RSS wing only. Why MODI Needs RSS, for what? To waste GOVT money, public money etc. Is not RSS a burden on our society. Where was RSS in Gorakhpur death. ONly for eating did RSS evolve, without doing any work.
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