As we as a nation applaud ourselves for the steps taken us, it is also time for us to resolve to make India a developed country when India, the year 2045, Celebrates its 100th year of independence in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address from the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day.
Listing out five vows for the countrymen in the next 25 years, which he called ‘Amrit Kaal’, PM Modi said that India’s strength lies in its diversity and an aspirational society.
1. Making India a developed nation by 2045: PM Modi said that every Indian must resolve to make India a developed country in 2045 when India enters its 100th year of Independence. “I urge the youth to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives for the nation’s development; we will work towards the development of entire humanity,” PM Modi said.
2. Removing all traces of colonialism: The Prime Minister said that it was important for every Indian to rid herself/himself of the vestiges of colonialism and slavery in our actions and our mindset. “We must resolve to work towards a ‘visit Bharat (developed India) and rid ourselves from all traces of colonial mindset from all corners of our hearts,” said PM Modi.
3. Taking pride in our roots and heritage: The Prime Minister said that every Indian must take pride in the country’s heritage and remain rooted as we develop. “We need to be proud of our heritage, our roots. Because we can only fly high when we remain connected to our roots. And when we fly high, we will provide solutions to the entire world,” the PM said.
4. Unity and Integrity: Equality is the cornerstone of India’s progress, the Prime Minister said, adding that we as a nation need to ensure we are united through the mantra of ‘India first. “We must ensure gender equality to ensure unity in diversity. And to achieve this, we must also end inequalities within our homes. If daughters and sons are not treated equally, there won’t be unity.”
5. Sense of duty among citizens: PM Modi said that every citizen of India, including the Prime Minister and chief ministers, must be filled with a sense of duty to work toward the country’s progress. “It is the duty of people to save electricity, and water. If we follow this, we can reach desired results ahead of time,” he said. “Any nation that has progressed has discipline ingrained in its citizens; if all follow our responsibilities, India will rise quickly.”
PM Modi, delivering his ninth consecutive address to the nation, further said that every Indian must take a pledge to rid themselves of any attitude, speech, or action that disrespects women. “It is important that we do nothing that lowers the dignity of women in our speech and conduct,” the Prime Minister said.