Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation from the historic Red Fort as India celebrates 75 years of Independence, listed five pledges (panchpran) the citizens must take to fulfil freedom fighters’ dreams for India by 2047.
Here are the five pledges listed by PM Modi:
- India must become a developed nation in 25 years. “I urge youth to dedicate next 25 years of their lives for nation’s development; we will work towards development of entire humanity,” PM Modi said.
- We should not try to become like others, there should be no trace of slavery in our mindset. “Sometimes our talent is restricted by language barriers, we need to be proud of every language in our country,” he said. “We must not seek validation from the world. We must maintain our identity as a proud nation,” he said.
- We should be proud of our heritage. “When we are connected to our roots, only then can we fly high; when we fly high, we will provide solutions to the entire world,” the PM said.
- We should be united as a people to work towards the upliftment of the nation. Equality cornerstone of India’s progress; we need to make sure we are united through mantra of “India first”: PM Modi said. He also spoke of the need for equality between the people, specifically mentioning equality for women. “Respect for women is an important pillar for India’s growth, we need to support our ‘Nari Shakti’,” he said.
he said “it’s important that in speech and conduct, we do nothing that lowers the dignity of women”.
“A distortion has crept in our conduct and we at times insult women, can we take pledge to get rid of this in our behaviour,” he added.
The PM recalled the contributions of the women freedom fighters of India. “Every India is filled with pride when they remember the strength of the women of India, be it Rani Laxmibai, Jhalkari Bai, Chennamma, Begun Hazrat Maha,” PM Modi said.
- “The fifth pledge is the duty of citizens. It is the duty of people to save electricity, water. If we follow this, we can reach desired results ahead of time,” he said, adding that these duties apply to all citizens of India including even the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers. “Any nation that has progressed, has discipline ingrained in its citizens; if all follow their responsibilities, India will grow fast,” he said.
“We are thankful to Bapu, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar who gave their lives for country’s independence,” Modi said.
The celebrations had started with PM Modi’s visit to Raj Ghat where he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. After arriving at the Red Fort, he examined the inter-services and police Guard of Honour and hoisted the national flag.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared battle against corruption and dynasticism, saying these are the twin evils that India is facing.
“We have to weed out corruption. We are making efforts to seize properties of people who have fled the country. I request you all to help me fight corruption,” he said.
“The second issue – bhai-bhatijawad, pariwarwad – is not just limited to politics. We need to discourage this in institutions, in sports. We need to start a revolution against it. This is our social responsibility. We need transparency,” he said.
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.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel has scaled 75 peaks simultaneously today as Mission ‘Amritarohan’ and hoisted National Flag atop those 75 peaks as a distinguished record.
In a first, the government has also allowed people to display the flag at their homes for three days. The flag laws had to be tweaked for the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign.
For the first time, indigenously made howitzer guns were used in the ceremonial 21-gun salute. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by the defence research organisation DRDO is the flagship product of PM Modi’s Make in India campaign.
Extensive Security Arrangements have been made across the national capital. More than 10,000 personnel have been deployed to guard the Red Fort in a multi-layered security cover. Facial recognition system cameras have been installed at the entry point. Around 7,000 invitees are expected to attend the event.
This year, wall hangings of prominent freedom fighters and decorative ones depicting cultural, natural and religious heritage from different states and Union Territories are adorning the walls of the Red Fort.
Keeping up with tradition with his distinctive sartorial choices during his customary address to the nation on Independence Day from the Red Fort in Delhi, PM Narendra Modi was today spotted wearing a white turban with stripes of the tri-colour Indian flag. Speaking for the ninth consecutive time at the occasion from the iconic heritage building, he was clad in a white kurta-pyjama and a navy blue waistcoat, with the turban clearly standing out.