Narendra Modi Addresses Nation On Independence Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought out his idea of India on the country's 70th Independence day, focusing on his attempt to take India from "swarajya (self-governance) to surajya (good governance)"
Dressed in a white kurta and a turban streaked in shades of orange, Modi underlined his government's mantra of "reform, perform and transform", while sending out a stern message to Pakistan that India will not tolerate or bow down to terrorism.
The Prime Minister highlighted the achievements of his government speaking about the various schemes that were launched as well as those taken forward by his government.
On the recently passed tax reform, Prime Minister Modi said “GST will give strength to our economy and all parties are to be thanked for its passage.”
Two key elements of his speech were the reference to Balochistan, the first ever in an Indian Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, and another to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), and the regions of Gilgit and Baltistan.
Remembering Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehruand other countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation, Prime Minister Modi said, "It is our responsibility to convert our Swaraj into Suraaj, which can not be done without sacrifice, discipline and staunch resolution 7. Today I will be speaking not just of policy but vision. Not just the speed of work, but actual experience of progress."
"Suraaj means the progress of the common man, a govt that is sensitive to the requirements and aspirations of the common man. Responsibility and accountability are to be the roots of such a Suraaj, he added.