Prior to his 4th Independence speech, Prime Minister Modi in his address in Lok Sabha during Special Discussion on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement has given a call to invoke wave of patriotism similar to that India faced during the 1945 to do and live for the country. “In the history of our freedom movement, the 9th August movement has been such an important, extensive and intense movement which even the Britishers could not imagine,” said Modi.
“Mahatma Gandhi and all senior leaders were put behind the bars. This was the time when many new leaders came to the forefront – Lal Bahadur Shastri, Ram Manohar Lohia, Jaiprakash Narayan while many youngsters joined the movement to give it the desired momentum. Such movement in the history of our nation should be seen as a new inspiration, new energy, new resolve and the spirit of innovation among the people,” he added.
But, today when we are in 2017 we cannot deny the fact that we do not have a Gandhi today, Modi told the house. “Today, the level of leadership that we had at that time does not exist but we have the strength of 1.25 Crore Indians. If we all try together it will not be a difficult task to fulfil the dreams of Gandhi and dreams of those freedom fighters,” added Modi.
Bringing in the attention of the house on the opportunities for a new India, Modi said, “Today we have the opportunity in 2017 an enabling situation like that of 1942. The world is undergoing a crisis today. Just like in the year 1942 we became the source of inspiration for the world, similarly we can set an example for the world today as well and can be the source of inspiration. Today we are standing at this juncture, where we can avail the opportunity and how we should take upon this responsibility? I believe that we should take inspiration from these episodes of history. We should place the country above the party.”
“Politics should be separated from this. If there are 1.25 crore people in the country, then we can easily progress by bringing the solutions to these problems successfully. How can anyone deny the fact that corruption can destroy the country like a termite – be it a political corruption, social corruption, or personal corruption. Let us not get into the controversy on who were involved and when. But today is a holy occasion and we should celebrate it with honesty and lead the country with honesty. This is the demand of the common man of the country. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy are the challenges in front of us. These challenges are not considered as challenges of the government but that of the country. There are grave questions in front of the poor and therefore we all have the responsibility of fulfilling this commitment for the country and to die for the country.” he said further.
News Update| 15 August 2017| PM addresses nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 71st Independence Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a statesman par excellence and has successfully managed to deepen his connect with the masses. No wonder- Mann Ki Baat, is among the most popular radio programs. Modi’s government decision to go ahead with surgical strikes in open manner has also cemented Prime Ministers image among the masses. No one will forget Modi’s appearance on national television on 8th November 2016 to announce demonetisation of high currency notes. Though it brought inconvenience to all, however people connected with the clean India intent of the Prime Minister.
Likewise, Modi’s Independence day speech has also invoked admiration among the masses. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong body language and the saffron inspired paged (Indian headgear) no doubts instills a sense of confidence among people in their leader. Modi dispensing the glass ceiling to deliver the independence day speech has also deepened this connect, though the premises of Red Fort and adjacent areas are heavily guarded for the D-Day.
“The year 2017 is special, because it marks the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement; the 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha; and the 125th anniversary of the celebration of ‘Saarvjanik Ganesh Utsav’ – inspired by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, ” the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 71st Independence Day. The Prime Minister recalled the great women and men who worked hard for India’s freedom. He said the people of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters, and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.
The Prime Minister said that the nation had shown its collective strength between 1942 and 1947, culminating in India’s independence. He said that we must show the same collective determination and resolve to create a New India by 2022. He emphasized that everyone is equal in our nation, and together we can bring about a qualitative transformation. The Prime Minister called for an end to the “chalta hai” attitude of complacency, and its replacement with an attitude of “badal sakta hai” for positive change.
“India’s security is our priority, and the surgical strike had underscored this. He added that India’s stature in the world is rising, and several countries are cooperating with India in fighting the menace of terrorism. On demonetisation, he said that those who have looted the nation, and the poor, are not able to sleep peacefully, and honesty is being celebrated today. He asserted that the fight against black money will continue, and technology will help bring about transparency. He encouraged people to further promote digital transactions,” added Modi.
The Prime Minister described the implementation of GST as a key illustration of cooperative federalism. He said the poor are joining the mainstream through initiatives of financial inclusion. He emphasized that good governance is about speed and simplification of processes. On Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister emphasised that neither abuses, nor bullets, but only embracing, can solve the problems in the State.
Describing his vision for New India, the Prime Minister said that people would be the driving force behind the establishment, rather than the other way around – ‘Tantra se Lok nahin, Lok se tantra chalega’. The Prime Minister appreciated the farmers and the agriculture scientists for record crop production this year. He said the Government had procured 16 lakh tonnes of pulses this year, far in excess of the procurement of previous years.
The Prime Minister said the changing nature of technology is resulting in the requirement of different skill-sets for employment. He also added that the youth is being nurtured to become job-creators, and not job-seekers. Mentioning women who have to suffer due to Triple Talaq, the Prime Minister said that he admires the courage of those who have stood up against this practice, and added that the nation stands with them in their struggle.
The Prime Minister said India stands for peace, unity, and harmony. He said casteism and communalism will not help us. He strongly condemned the use of violence in the name of faith, and said this will not be accepted in India. He said the call of the Quit India Movement was “Bharat Chhodo,” but the call today for New India is “Bharat Jodo.”
The Prime Minister said significant attention is being paid to the development of eastern and north-eastern India. He said the Government has taken India on new tracks of development, without slackening pace. Quoting from scriptures, the Prime Minister said that if we do not take the right step at the right time, we do not achieve desired results. He said this is the right time for ‘Team India’ to resolve for ‘New India.’
He called for a New India where the poor would have houses, and access to water and electricity; where farmers would be free from worry, and would earn twice of what they earn today; youth and women would get ample opportunities to fulfil their dreams; such India will be free from terrorism, communalism, casteism, corruption and nepotism; and will be clean and healthy.
News Update| 15 August 2017| Industry pledges support to Modi’s New India
Industry along with the entire nation seems to have liked the New India Dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the eve of the 71st Independence day and among first of few prominent reaction to the speech delivered by the PM- Shobana Kamineni, President, Confederation of India Chambers (CII) has come forward to Pledge Industry Partnership for India@75.
“The Prime Minister has outlined a vision of a secure, prosperous and capable nation by 2022, driven by the collective power of 125 crore citizens of India. CII’s India@75 campaign launched in 2008 is in line with Prime Minister’s objectives and emphasizes crowd-sourcing of ideas and spread of volunteerism to build a developed India. Indian industry pledges to continue our partnership for a New India as we complete 75 years as a free nation,” stated Shobana Kamineni, President, CII, on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day of India.
Further, CII appreciated the Prime Minister’s continued prioritisation of good governance, cooperative and competitive federalism, and leveraging technology for development. “The Government has taken multiple steps to address corruption and black money which are delivering notable results. CII believes that reforms such as GST and ease of doing business will further contribute to formalisation of the economy and widening the tax net, and we look forward to a more transparent and efficient economy by 2022,” added Kamineni.
While welcoming lower inflation and downward interest rate cycle, CII called for strengthening policy reforms including a new industrial policy, entrepreneurship and employment creation, and empowerment of women in the workforce. “The development task to 2022 is challenging and will require strong policy action across multiple economic and social sectors. The Government has made a significant beginning, and all of us will need to put our hands together to move the needle of development,” stressed the CII President.
CII’s India@75 program envisages an India that is ahead in the world based on its economic strength, technological vitality and moral leadership. Encompassing seven pillars such as business and economy, technology and innovation, and good governance, India@75 aims to encourage mass participation towards development.