Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Narendra Modi Independence Day Speech 2017 Highlights: Calls for Building New India

Narendra Modi Independence Day Speech 2017 Highlights: Calls for Building New India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the nation from the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi, India, Aug.15, 2017.

"He said that the Chinese premiere came to India and he was entertained by Prime Minister Modi".

He said only a "handful of separatists" were resorting to different tactics to create problems in the state and said that there will be no soft approach on terrorism.

The prime minister's annual speech outlined his government's agenda in tackling the many problems faced by this country of 1.3 billion people.

PM Modi also talked about violence committed in the name of religion. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation.

Referring to the Gorakhpur deaths, Sharma said Modi did not reflect the gravity of the situation.

He said that India's security is his priority, and the surgical strike had underscored this.

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He said demonetisation had helped bring over Rs 3 lakh crore of unaccounted wealth into the banking system.

Modi said his government was determined to ensure rapid economic development of the state, ravaged by decades-long conflicts.

The Indian prime minister also addressed the recent flooding in the North western and eastern parts of India and the hospital tragedy where 60 children died because of an alleged oxygen supply cut off. "They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation", he said.

In his Red Fort speech Modi said neither bullets nor abuses would resolve the Kashmir issue, it can only be resolved by embracing the people with love.

On Kashmir, Modi invited Kashmiris to start a dialogue and join the mainstream. An India, which is free of terrorism, corruption, dynasty politics, communalism and casteism.

"From Sudarshan Chakradhari Mohan to Charkhadhari Mohan, today we are celebrating both our cultural and historical heritage.We remember the great women and men who worked hard for India's freedom", he said. "We wanted peace in the region, because with peace Pakistan can not do anything to Jammu and Kashmir", Gandhi said.

"A New India is one that leaves behind a "chalta hai" (it is okay) attitude".

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