‘Remove colonialism, retain roots’: Modi’s five resolves on I-Day

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Be it the Centre or states, governments will have to work to realise the aspirations of the people of the country as they can not wait anymore to see their dreams being fulfilled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, reported Press Trust of India.

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 76th Independence Day, he said an aspirational society is very precious for any country and in India, people’s aspirations are on the rise.

PM Modi laid down five resolves, or the “panch pran” for the ‘amrit kaal’: To work towards a ‘viksit Bharat‘ (developed India), remove any vestiges of colonialism, retain our roots, ensure unity in diversity, and carry out a citizen’s duties.

”Aspirations are on the rise in every section of the society. Every citizen wants a change, wants to see it happening in front of their eyes and is not ready to wait anymore,” the prime minister said. People want to progress with speed and they are not ready to ”force their coming generations wait for it”, he said.

”Be it the Centre, states or local self-governance institutions, each of them will have to address the demands of the aspirational society,” Modi said. ”We cannot wait anymore to fulfil their aspirations,” he added.

He highlighted that corruption and dynastic politics were the two biggest challenges in India.

As he began his address, PM Modi stated that it was a historic day for India as it takes a new path with a new resolve. He emphasised that India’s strength lies in its diversity, calling it the “mother of democracy”.

Ahead of his speech at the Red Fort, PM Modi unfurled the 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. Earlier in the day, PM Modi visited Rajghat to pay his respects.

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