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‘Shed colonial traces, take pride in roots’: PM Modi calls for a developed India by 2047

Launches attack against nepotism and graft; seeks collective societal hatred for corruption and the corrupt

Tribune News Service

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, August 15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked citizens to shed all traces of colonial mindset, take pride in roots, stay united and follow duties even as he called for collective national efforts to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of the 76th Independence Day, the Prime Minister rolled out five pledges for the country to follow going into the next 25 years of freedom, the pledge of developed, of shunning the mindset of servitude, of taking pride in roots; of unity and of a sense of duty among citizens.

The PM hailed the occasion as a major milestone in the journey of aspirational India and launched his most scathing attack ever on corruption and nepotism, seeking people’s cooperation to clean up the society.

He described graft, dynastic politics and nepotism as top challenges facing India and said the government was at a decisive stage in the fight against corruption.

The remarks, that came in the midst of active Enforcement Directorate action against a host of politicians, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul in the National Herald matter, were qualified with even more stringent statements where the PM said corruption was eating into India’s vitals like termite and asked for social hatred for perpetrators of graft.

“The country will have to fight corruption. We are trying hard so that those who looted the country are made to pay back. Until society develops a sense of hatred towards corruption and the corrupt, until people learn to start looking down on the corrupt, this mindset is not going to end,” said the Prime Minister, flagging nepotism not just in political circles but across all segments of work life.

Laying the roadmap for the future, the Prime Minister said the way ahead for India was through “Jai jawan, jai kisan, jai vigyan and jai anusandhan”.

While the first two slogans “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” were given by late PM Lal Bahadur Shastri, “Jai Vigyan” was coined by Atal Behari Vajpayee. PM Modi today added “Jai Anusandhan” saying the government was strengthening research frameworks—from the oceans to space—to give wings to the aspirations of India’s youth.

Not only did the PM speak of the need to remain aware of the challenges of climate change in times of shock weather events, he called upon all to ensure that the dignity of women was maintained.

Emphasising Nari Shakti, the PM said, “It is important that in speech and conduct, we do nothing that lowers the dignity of women.”

The PM also said that the goal of self-reliance was not a government programme but a collective urge.

”Atmanirbhar India is not a government programme. It is a collective national campaign and we have to together move towards this goal,” he said, adding that India can show the world the solution to the problem of global warming because Indians see God in nature, in stones, in trees and treat rivers as mothers.

The thrust of PM’s ninth straight address from the Red Fort on August 15 was a focus on making India a developed country.

Everything else that he stated—from the pledges he gave to his clarion call against corruption and the corrupt—fitted into the larger narrative of developing India.

”India is a ray of hope for the world. The way the world is seeing India is changing. There is hope from India and the reason is the skills of 130 crore Indians,” said the PM, noting that in Amrit Kaal (the next 25 years of freedom leading up to 2047), we have to come together and work towards another big goal of a Viksit Bharat (developed India).

India’s strengths, the PM said, were diversity and democracy.

“Being the Mother of Democracy gives us the inherent power to scale newer heights,” said the PM, describing the day as a pious landmark, an occasion for fresh and loftier resolutions.

09:10 15 Aug
Corruption is damaging country like termite, country will have to fight it: PM Modi
  • We have to fight against corruption; in last 8 years, use of Aadhar, DBT, mobile were used to find Rs 2 lakh crore of black money: PM
  • We need to be alert against corrupt as well as corruption: PM Modi
  • We need to come together as a society to punish those who have propagated evil of corruption: PM Modi
  • Unless people have mentality of penalizing corrupt, the nation cannot progress at optimum pace: PM Modi
  • Another evil we need to come together to fight is nepotism, I seek support of all Indians in this fight: PM
09:07 15 Aug
PM says 'Azadi ka Amrti Mahotsav' has begun and everybody's effort required to bring results, calls for 'Team India'
09:06 15 Aug
Two big challenges before the country -- corruption and nepotism: PM Modi
08:59 15 Aug
In India, where people are fighting poverty, we need to fight against corruption with all our might: PM
08:58 15 Aug
PM Modi raises concern over 'parivaarvaad' (nepotism), says there are some people concerned about protecting their ill-gotten wealth
08:56 15 Aug
India's 'techade' is here, with 5G, chip manufacturing, we are bringing revolution through Digital India to grassroots: PM
08:56 15 Aug
Capabilities of small farmers, small industrialists & traders among others are guarantee to a capable India: PM Modi
08:54 15 Aug
Natural farming will give new strength to India, multiple employment opportunities opened with creation of green jobs: PM Modi
08:53 15 Aug
There is need to promote "cooperative competitive federalism" among states: PM
08:51 15 Aug
PM Modi calls upon private sector to play key role in Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative, says India can make for world
08:49 15 Aug
PM Modi gives a call for "Jai Anusandhan" to promote innovation in India during 'Azadi ka Amrit mahotsav'
08:46 15 Aug
Natural farming will give new strength to India, multiple employment opportunities opened with creation of green jobs: PM Modi
08:45 15 Aug
Revolutionary changes coming in health sector through digital technology: PM Modi
08:45 15 Aug
PM Modi commends forces for taking forward 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' initiative
08:43 15 Aug
For the first time in 75 years, made-in-India gun has been used for ceremonial gun salute from Red Fort: PM Modi
08:42 15 Aug
India is making history in manufacturing sector: PM to nation in I-Day speech
08:41 15 Aug
I salute children who are saying no to imported toys; when a 5-year-old says 'no videshi', 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' runs through his veins: PM
08:37 15 Aug
Any nation that has progressed, has discipline ingrained in its citizens; if all follow their responsibilities, India will grow fast: PM
08:37 15 Aug
Respect for Women is important pillar for India's growth, we need to support our 'Nari Shakti': PM
08:36 15 Aug
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, asks PM
08:35 15 Aug
Equality cornerstone of India's progress; we need to make sure we are united through mantra of 'India first': PM Modi
08:34 15 Aug
Success of Digital India, startups has been driven by youth from Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities: PM
08:33 15 Aug
Nature a pivotal part of India's heritage, we already have traditions and practices that will help in combating climate change: PM Modi
08:32 15 Aug
Experience shows once we take resolve we fulfil our goals, we should not try to imitate others: PM Modi
08:28 15 Aug
Sometimes our talent is restricted by language barriers, we need to be proud of every language in our country: PM Modi
08:27 15 Aug
From renewable energy to better infrastructure for medical education, India has improved on every front: PM Modi
08:26 15 Aug
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
08:24 15 Aug
Five pledges for 2047 are --having developed India, removing any sign of servility, pride in heritage, unity & fulfilling our duties: PM
08:21 15 Aug
When there is stability in governance, fast decision-making, spirit of 'Jan Bhagidari' prevails for nation's development: PM Modi
08:20 15 Aug
PM Modi calls for moving forward with 5 pledges to fulfil freedom fighters' dreams by 2047
08:19 15 Aug
Citizens came together to fight COVID-19; from supporting doctors to taking vaccines to remotest parts, we stood together: PM Modi
08:17 15 Aug
People of India want positive changes and they want it at quick pace: PM Modi
08:16 15 Aug
PM Modi speaks of 'trishakti' of aspirations, renaissance and world's expectations powering India in his I-Day address
08:16 15 Aug
'Har Ghar Tiranga' an example of entire nation coming together to celebrate spirit of our glorious country: PM Modi
08:15 15 Aug
'Amrit Kaal' providing golden opportunity to fulfil dreams and goals of this aspirational society: PM to nation from Red Fort
08:09 15 Aug
The way world is viewing India is changing: PM Modi
08:09 15 Aug
Nation's enthusiasm for 'Tiranga' seen in last three days could not have been imagined by many experts, symbolises nation's reawakening: PM
08:08 15 Aug
We are proud that aspirations are present in every household in India; every citizen is excited for progress of new India: PM Modi
08:07 15 Aug
I have dedicated myself to fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's vision of empowering the last man in queue: PM Modi
08:06 15 Aug
My understanding of spirit of India made me realise that for growth of New India we needed to ensure inclusive development: PM Modi
08:05 15 Aug
Our nation has proved we have inherent strength coming from our diversity, common thread of patriotism makes India unshakeable: PM
08:05 15 Aug
I have dedicated my entire tenure in the upliftment of oppressed sections of society across India: PM
08:04 15 Aug
This soil has power; despite many challenges, India did not stop, did not bow down and kept moving forward: PM Modi
08:03 15 Aug
Despite challenges faced post independence, nothing could hamper zeal of Indian citizens: PM Modi
08:00 15 Aug
India is mother of democracy, diversity is its strength: PM Modi
07:59 15 Aug
There were problems of food security, war, terrorism, natural calamities but India marched forward against all odds: PM Modi
07:56 15 Aug
We salute our soldiers, police forces and most importantly every citizen who combated many challenges, worked towards vision of new India: PM
07:56 15 Aug
Nation remembering those who made sacrifices but were forgotten and not given their due: PM Modi
07:53 15 Aug
PM Modi also pays tribute to Narayana Guru, Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore among others for awakening nation's consciousness
07:50 15 Aug
Tricolour being hoisted with pride by Indians, those who love India in every corner of world: PM
07:49 15 Aug
PM pays tributes to freedom fighters like Tatya Tope, Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan who fought against British rule
07:47 15 Aug
We salute not only those who fought for freedom, but also the architects of free India such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia & Sardar Vallabhai Patel, amongst the many others: PM Modi
07:45 15 Aug
PM Narendra Modi greets people on country's 76th Independence Day; says its a historic day
07:36 15 Aug
PM Narendra Modi hoists the National Flag at Red Fort on the 76th Independence Day

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