As India celebrates its 75 years of Independence, Prine Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort.
Modi spoke about a number of things, including COVID-19, Olympics and startups in India. Moreover, he also highlighted the achievements and future initiatives of the government.
Take a look at the major takeaways from PM Modi's Independence Day speech.
1. Tribute to freedom fighters
Modi kick-started his over-an-hour long speech by paying tributes to the country's freedom fighters. He stated that the country is hailing the contributions of the freedom fighters during the Independence struggle. He spoke about Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan among several others.
2. Lauded doctors, medical and frontline workers
As India is still battling to fight COVID-19, Modi also remarked the contribution of doctors, nurses, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers. He remarked all those involved in the fight against the pandemic and stated that the country is thankful for their support.
3. Tribute to Olympians
As our Indian athletes showed remarkable performance in Tokyo Olympics recently, PM Modi said that the Indian youth have glorified India in Olympics. The flag hoisting and PM Modi's address was attended by the Indian athletes and sports fraternity who participated in the Tokyo Olympics.
4. Sabka saath, sabka vikaas, sabka vishwaas
He asserted that in order to achieve the development goals, the country needs to change rapidly. In addition, he remarked that as a citizen, every individual needs to welcome change. Modi therefore declared the message of 'Sabka saath, sabka vikaas, sabka vishwaas and sabka prayas'.
5. More than 54 crore vaccinated
The Prime Minister further stated that the country has put up a commendable fight as it developed indigenous vaccines. Speaking about the landmark vaccination coverage, PM Modi announced that more than 54 crore people have received vaccine doses so far.
6. Bational infrastructure masterplan 'Gati Shakti'
Asserting the need for a holistic and an integrated approach for infrastructure, PM Modi announced the government's 'Pradhan Mantri Gati Shakti Yojana'. He added that the masterplan will ensure employment for over 100 Lakh Crore youth.
7. India's tough stand against terrorism
While acknowledging that India faces the threat of terrorism, Modi said that India takes a tough stand against it. He added that by conducting surgical strikes and airstrikes, India has sent a clear message to the enemies. The Prime Minister added that the country can take tough decisions.
8. Need to increase collective power of the small farmers
Another key takeaway from PM Modi's Independence Day speech is his statement on small farmers in India. Modi has expressed the need to increase the collective power of the small farmers of the country. He stated that new facilities should be provided to small farmers across the country. PM Modi has remarked that the small farmers must become the country's pride.