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Indian President Draupadi Murmu and PM, Modi addresses nation on 76th Independence Day, mentions Indian diaspora

On Independence Day, the President quoted the famous Kannada poet Kuvempuand and urged Indians to celebrate their ‘Bharatiyata’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the folk artists from Punjab state, infront of Red Fort after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day from the ramparts of historical Mughal architecture in Delhi on August 15, 2022. All Photos: PIB

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.

Indian President Draupadi Murmu addressing the nation on the ocassion of 76th Independence Day

“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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day from the ramparts of historical Mughal architecture The Red Fort or Lal Qila, situated in Old Delhi which served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort on 12 May 1638, when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi 

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.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurling the Tricolor (National Flag) amid a 21-gun salute by the indigenously developed Howitzer Gun, ATAGS. This was followed by a shower of flower petals by helicopters on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2022.
Indian President, Droupadi Murmu along with Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Pandey.Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar and Chief of the Air Staff, Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari paying homage to the fallen heroes on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at National War Memorial, in New Delhi on August 15, 2022. 

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.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waiving towards the crowd after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2022.

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.

View from the rooftop of the Red Fort while PM Modi was addressing the Nation.Famous Chandani Chowk, one of the oldest markets in the Capital can be seen on the background. 

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.

NCC cadets from different States of India wearing popular dresses of their regions occupying the space in form of Map of India.The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces

“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.

PM Modi interacting with NCC cadets from different States of India wearing popular dresses of their regions occupying the space in form of Map of India.The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces
PM Modi interacting with NCC cadets from different States of India wearing popular dresses of their regions occupying the space in form of Map of India.The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting down from the rampart after addressing the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day at Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2022.

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.

PM Modi interacting with NCC cadets from different States of India wearing popular dresses of their regions occupying the space in form of Map of India.The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces

“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.

NCC cadets from different States of India wearing popular dresses of their regions occupying the space in form of Map of India.The National Cadet Corps is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces

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.”

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