Independence Day 2020: 5 Big Takeaways From PM Modi’s Address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech said that 130 crore Indians have pledged to build a ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.

‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ or self-reliant India was the centrepiece of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 90-minute-long address to the nation on the occasion of 74th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort. Presenting a broad outline for spurring India’s growth, he said the coronavirus pandemic cannot halt the country’s march towards self-reliance, adding that it should be a mantra for the people and not just a term. This was PM Modi’s seventh straight Independence Day speech since he took over as the Prime Minister of India in May 2014. The Prime Minister also utilised the opportunity to make a host of new announcements including the launch of a national digital health mission, connecting all six lakh villages via optical fibres in 1,000 days, and appreciate local products among others.

Here are 5 key takeaways from PM Modi’s speech:

Aatmanirbhar Bharat

PM Modi said India must become self-reliant and use its vast natural resources to produce for the domestic as well as the global market. He said that 130 crore Indians have pledged to build a ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. “I am confident that India will realise this dream. I am confident of the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest till we achieve that goal,” he said. He acknowledged that there are numerous challenges in becoming self-reliant, but there are millions of solutions as well.

Source: Financial Express

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