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From Bhima to Bhim Rao, from allegations to expectations: excerpts from PM Modi’s I-Day speech

Mother India was continuously soaked in blood, but those following the path of terrorism achieved nothing: PM Modi

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2016 7:53:13 am
independence day, narendra modi, red fort, modi speech, narendra modi speech, pm modi speech, dalits, modi on dalits, dalit attacks, attacks on dalits, indian express news, india news ON 70TH Independence Day PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Express photo by Renuka Puri

On heritage

“From Vedas to Vivekananda, from Upnishads to satellites, from Lord Krishna to Mahatma Gandhi, and from Bhima of Mahabharata to Bhim Rao, we have had a long historic journey and heritage… India is not 70 years old, but it is a journey of 70 years post-colonial rule. After Independence, we made efforts to take the country forward under a new system. Sardar Vallabbhai Patel unified the country and now it is our duty to make this country the best nation…

Then and now

There was a time when governments in our country were mired in allegations, but times have changed now. Today, the government is not surrounded by charges and allegations, but by expectations… All of us are aware of the coal scam. Today there is no accusation on the coal auction. No stigma is attached to it… There was a time when the auction of spectrum was surrounded by allegations…


The recently passed GST law is an empowering step and all those parties deserve appreciation for this… GST is soon to result in a uniform taxation system and the unitary arrangement thus achieved will unite India itself…

On violence

A country of more than hundred languages, hundreds of dialects, innumerable attires, innumerable lifestyles, despite that this country has remained united — the main reason is our cultural heritage. We know how to respect, we know hospitality, we know how to assimilate, we have carried on this great tradition and that is why there is no room for violence and atrocity in our country…

On Maoism

“Today in the name of Maoism in the jungles, in the name of extremism in the border areas, in the name of terrorism on the mountains, innocent people are being killed. Mother India was continuously soaked in blood, but those following the path of terrorism achieved nothing. I want to tell these youths that this country will never tolerate terrorism and will never bow to terrorism or Maoism. I want to appeal to these youths that there is still time, shun the path of violence and try to fulfil the dream of your parents. Join the mainstream and lead a life of comfort and happiness, as the path of violence has never helped anyone…

On economy

“We haven’t allowed inflation to go beyond 6 per cent. There were two years of successive drought in the country. Production of pulses became a concerns, but despite all that we tried our best to control the situation and compared to previous governments, my government and I did not allow the cost of a poor man’s thaali to be unaffordable…

On freedom fighters

“When we speak of freedom fighters, a few are mentioned far more than others.”

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