Independence Day 2023: PM Modi’s Speech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked India’s 77th Independence Day by unfurling the national flag at the historic Red Fort in Delhi. His 90-minute speech marked his 10th consecutive Independence Day address. PM Modi’s Independence Day speeches have consistently been longer than those of any previous Prime Minister.
Vision for a New World Order:
- PM Modi expressed that a transformative global shift, akin to the post-World War II era, is in progress after the pandemic.
- He likened India’s role to that of “Vishwamitra,” symbolizing its evolving significance on the world stage.
Launch of Vishwakarma Yojana:
- PM Modi announced the initiation of the Vishwakarma Yojana, aimed at uplifting barbers and goldsmiths.
- The scheme will receive an initial allocation of Rs. 13,000-15,000 crore.
Peaceful Resolution for Manipur:
- Addressing the ongoing crisis in Manipur, PM Modi assured that a peaceful solution will be pursued for the northeastern state.
- He emphasized India’s solidarity with the people of Manipur.
Empowering Border Villages:
- PM Modi highlighted the government’s “Vibrant Villages” initiative, transforming the perspective on border villages.
- He stated that these border villages are not just the last in India but the first, signifying their importance.
Legacy of Announcements:
- Since his inaugural Independence Day speech in 2014, PM Modi has used the platform to introduce significant policies and engage with citizens.
- Notable announcements have included the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Culmination:
- The event marked the culmination of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations, which commenced in 2021.
- This initiative was launched by PM Modi to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
- Around 1,800 special guests from diverse sectors of society were invited to witness the Independence Day ceremony at the Red Fort.
Empowerment of Middle Class and Women:
- PM Modi highlighted the focus on middle-class and women-led development in his address.
- He pledged to strengthen the middle class in the nation during the forthcoming years.
Dream of Empowered Women:
- PM Modi praised women’s self-help groups and aspired to create two crore ‘lakhpati didis’ (prosperous sisters).
- He advocated for the protection of daughters and emphasized collective responsibility against atrocities.