The newly elected President of India, Draupadi Murmu addressed the nation on the eve of its 76th Independence Day. 64-year old Murmu is the first Indian President to be born after India gained Independence in 1947.
In her address, the President spoke about the struggles and lessons learnt during the passage of 75 years and said that they will help in shaping the country’s journey towards Amrit Kaal, the 25 years to the celebration of the centenary of its Independence.
“By the year 2047, we will have fully realised the dreams of our freedom fighters. We are already on course to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat, an India that would have realised its true potential,” she said.
Adding that it was only the “beginning” of India’s transformation, Murmu went on to elaborate on the Prime Minister’s Gati Shakti Yojana, that has boosted the infrastructure in the country, India’s growing economy and startup culture, the Digital India and National Educational Policy reforms and the role of indian farmers and entrepreneurs in shaping the country’s economic success.
Lauding the country’s women, Murmu expressed pride that their contributions have accelerated the nation’s progress. “India’s new-found confidence stems from the spirit of its youth, its farmers, and above all, its women. Gender inequalities are reducing and women are moving ahead, breaking many glass ceilings.”
On Independence Day, the President quoted the famous Kannada poet Kuvempuand and urged Indians to celebrate their ‘Bharatiyata’ while making all efforts for the sake of safety, security, progress and prosperity of the nation. Concluding her speech she said, “I would like to extend Independence Day greetings to the armed forces, to the members of Indian missions abroad, and to the Indian diaspora who continue to make their motherland proud. My best wishes to all of you.”
As India celebrates its 76th Independence Day, Prime Minister Modi addressed the country from the Red Fort in New Delhi. In his speech the Prime Minister called upon the people “team India” by setting a series of goals for the next 25 years to ensure that India be marked a developed nation when it commemorates the Centenary of Independence.
Marking a historic moment, an indigenously manufactured gun was used for the first time in 75 years to perform the ceremonial 21-shot salute to the unfurling of the tricolor Indian flag.
Emphasising on President Murmu’s speech, Modi layed down five pledges ‘Panchpran’ for 2047.
“In coming years, we've to focus on 'Panchpran'- First, to move forward with bigger resolves & resolve of developed India; Second, erase all traces of servitude; Third, be proud of our legacy; Fourth, strength of unity and Fifth, duties of citizens which includes the PM and CMs,” he said.
The Prime Minister paid tribute to not just the freedom fighters such as Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Ramprasad Bismil, Rani Laxmibai and Subhas Chandra Bose who fought for the country’s independence, but also to those who built the country after independence, the “architects of free India” like Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia and Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
He also recalled the contributions of advivasi and tribal freedom fighters such as Birsa Munda, Tirot Singh and Alluri Sitarama Raju, who inspired people to keep the freedom struggle alive in even the remotest parts of the country. Saluting women freedom fighters, the Prime Minister said that respect for women was pivotal to India's growth and the country must focus on providing further opportunities for “nari shakti” (woman power). He noted that women in India are leading in every field – research, sports or the battlefield.
“The more we pay attention to this aspect, the more opportunities and facilities we provide to our daughters, they will return us much more than that. They will take the country to a new height,” he said.
The Prime Minister highlighted the dynasty system and corruption as the two main hurdles for India’s development. Citing India’s wins at the recently held Commonwealth Games as an example of how talent flourishes without nepotism, he said, “We need to give opportunities to those who are talented and will work towards the progress of the nation. Talent will be the basis of a New India.”