Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his ninth speech from the Red Fort on Independence Day, said that corruption is among the biggest challenges for India. “Corruption is eating up my country like termites, let’s pledge to rid India of this,” PM Modi urged the citizens of the country.
In his address, the Prime Minister said “we are thankful to Bapu, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar who gave their lives for country's independence”.
The five pledges for 2047 are -- having developed India, removing any sign of servility, pride in heritage, unity and fulfilling our duties, PM Modi said.
Prime Minister emphasised that for growth of New India, there is a need to ensure inclusive development across the nation. He said this was a vision held dear by Mahatma Gandhi.
PM Modi said that based on the philosophy of Gandhiji, government is working towards empowering every Indian at every corner of the nation, be it Dalit, women, farmers, or Divyang. He said an aspirational society is important for any nation and expressed pride that these aspirations are present in every household in India. PM Modi said this Amrit Kaal has provided a golden opportunity to fulfill the dreams and goals of this aspirational society.
He exuded pride that there is an increase in common consciousness of the love for the nation. He said Har Ghar Tiranga has been an example of the entire nation coming together to celebrate the spirit of this glorious country.
The celebrations for 75 years of Independence are being marked by a mega programme, the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, which started in March 2021. The day will be observed by flag hoisting and other events. Across the nation, national monuments and iconic buildings have been lit up.