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PM Modi’s 9th I-Day address, sets target of 2047, says “must be a developed nation within 25 years” | 10 key points

On 75th Independence day PM gave 9th speech from Red Fort. PM Modi made a record by addressing people from Red Fort for 82 minutes. He gave the longest speech in the year 2016.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: India celebrates “Azadi ka Mahotsav”, Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that today is the time when we need to take steps towards a new direction with a new determination. On this occasion, he remembered former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and said that he had given the slogan “Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan”. PM Modi said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had added the word science to it.

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1- “We are thankful to Bapu, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Veer Savarkar who gave their lives for country’s independence,” PM Modi said.

2- In his address, PM Modi called upon the people to move forward with five pledges to fulfill the dreams of freedom fighters by 2047 — a theme President Droupadi Murmu had also underscored it in her speech on the eve of Independence Day.

3- The five pledges for 2047 are — having developed India, removing any sign of servility, pride in heritage, unity and fulfilling our duties, PM Modi said.

4- The celebrations had started with PM Modi’s visit to Raj Ghat where he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi. After arriving at the Red Fort, he examined the inter-services and police Guard of Honour and hoisted the national flag.

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5- The celebrations for 75 years of Independence are being marked by a mega programme, the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, which started in March 2021. The day will be observed by flag hoisting and other events. Across the nation, national monuments and iconic buildings have been lit up.

6- The Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel has scaled 75 peaks simultaneously today as Mission ‘Amritarohan’ and hoisted National Flag atop those 75 peaks as a distinguished record.

7- In a first, the government has also allowed people to display the flag at their homes for three days. The flag laws had to be tweaked for the “Har Ghar Tiranga” campaign.

8- First time ever, indigenously made howitzer guns were used in the ceremonial 21-gun salute. The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by the defence research organisation DRDO is the flagship product of PM Modi’s Make in India campaign.

9- Extensive security arrangements have been made across the national capital. More than 10,000 personnel have been deployed to guard the Red Fort in a multi-layered security cover. Facial recognition system cameras have been installed at the entry point. Around 7,000 invitees are expected to attend the event.

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10- This year, wall hangings of prominent freedom fighters and decorative ones depicting cultural, natural and religious heritage from different states and Union Territories are adorning the walls of the Red Fort.

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