Prime Minister commenced his speech with tributes to the freedom fighters and condoled the death of more than 70 children in Gorakhpur
In his fourth Independence Day speech as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi called upon people to show collective determination and resolve to create a New India by 2022, which will be free from the ‘poison of communalism, casteism, corruption and terrorism’.
“We need the same determination as we did in the five years between 1942 and 1947. It is with that passion that we need to take India forward,” Modi said.
A good part of his speech was devoted to reiterating his focus on fighting corruption and recounting his government’s achievements in that direction.
“Those who have indulged in corruption by cheating the poor, cannot have a good night’s sleep. The government has seized Rs 800 crore black money from those people who have been evading the law for a long time,” he said.
“More than three lakh companies were discovered as shell companies, and the registration of 1.75 lakh companies were cancelled since demonetisation,” he added.
In his 56-minute long speech, the prime minister also touched on sensitive issues such as Kashmir and triple talaq.
On Kashmir, the Prime Minister said that neither abuses, nor bullets, but only embracing, can solve the problems in the State. “Na gaali se, nagoli se, parivartan hoga gale lagaane se,” PM Modi said.
Referring to triple talaq, Modi said that he admires the courage of those who stood against this practice. He added that the nation stands with them in their struggle.
PM Modi also used the occasion to denounce violence in the name of faith saying this will not be accepted in the land of Gandhi and Buddha. “The call of the Quit India Movement was ‘Bharat Chhodo’, but the call today is ‘Bharat Jodo’.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also made his first comments on the last week’s deaths in Gorakhpur at the start of his speech, saying, “Few days back many of our innocent children died in a hospital. People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.”