Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the 75th Independence day from the 17th century Red Fort today.
He spoke about what the citizens should do for the future development of the country which included striving to end misogyny and fight corruption and nepotism.
Modi said India can become a developed economy in next 25 years for which everyone, mainly, the youth should work hard.
The World Bank described India as a lower middle income economy with a gross national product (GNP) of 1,086 USD and 4,255 USD while the US had 13,205 USD.
There are predictions that by 2050 India could become the third largest economy after the US and China, Modi said.
He called upon the people to treat daughters and sons on equal terms. Hailing women’s contribution in different fields, he said women’s uplift was essential for the country to achieve its goals.
Stating that the launch of 5 G would trigger fast growth of digital markets, he said rural India has suffered due to poor connectivity which would get solved soon. The high speed communication would reach every village and four lakh digital entrepreneurs were being trained in rural areas.
He said corruption and nepotism were the biggest challenges and the government would spare no one whatever be their might.
Though he praised the contribution of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, he also targeted the dynastic rule that the country witnessed for a majority period in the independent India.
Modi also hailed the freedom fighters, naming a few including Veer Savarkar not to the liking of the Opposition parties.
For the first time in history, a 21-gunshot salute was offered to the Prime Minister with Make in India guns.
Modi hailed the country’s sports personalities for bringing glory to the country in the Commonwealth games in Birmingham and the Tokyo Olympics and paralympics. The country celebrated the occasion in a grand manner with functions held in States and Union Territories.
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