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‘One India, One Constitution’: Highlights of PM Modi’s Independence Day speech

New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his speech on the 73rd Independence Day on the Red Fort in New Delhi. He spoke about various issues like abrogation of Article 370, Triple Talaq, Population Control, among others.

Here are the key points:

Article 370

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Centre’s abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that within 10 weeks of forming a new government, they have made such significant changes. Scraping of Article 370 and 35A was one step towards fulfiling the dream of Sardar Patel.

One nation, one Constitution- this has become a reality now, and India should be proud of it.

He also questioned the temporary status of Article 370, and asked that if it was that important, why was it not made permanent? After all, those people had huge mandates and could have easily removed it.

“We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them. In less than 70 days of the new government, Article 370 has become history, and in both houses of parliament, two-third of the members in both the Houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) supported this step”, he said.

He also said that the old arrangement in Ladakh and J&K  encouraged corruption.

Triple Talaq

“If we can take steps against ‘Sati’ custom, female foeticide and dowry, then why not against Triple Talaq?”, he asked.

Lives of Muslim women will improve significantly, he said.

“We have to think about solutions to the problems people face. Yes, there will be obstacles on the way but we have to work to overcome them. Remember how scared the Muslim women were, who suffered due to triple talaq but we ended the practice”, he asserted.

The law delivered justice to Muslim women.

Floods and Water Conversation

“While the nation celebrates Independence Day today, there are many across the country who are facing immense difficulties due to heavy rain and floods. The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and others are working round-the-clock to ensure that they are safe”, PM Modi said.

Due to the recent water crisis all over the country, PM Modi said that a new ministry ‘Jal Shakti’ was created for this cause.

” It is unfortunate, however, that so many people lack access to water even 70 years after Independence. Work on the Jal Jeevan Mission will progress with great vigour in the years to come”, he said.

He said that the movement should take place at grassroot levels, rather than limit it to a mere government program.

 

Chief of Defense Staff

To enforce more coordination between the three army forces (Navy, Air and Army) Prime Minister Modi has announced that there will be a new position above all the three: Chief of Defense Staff. This will make the forces more effective.

 

5 trillion economy

70 years have passed since we got Independence, and we became a 2 trillion economy. But only in the last five years between 2014 and 2019, we added $1 trillion to it, making India a $3 trillion economy.

“And if we could do that in just five years, I am confident we will make India a $5 trillion economy in the next five years”, PM Modi said.

“Our aim is to reach among first 50 nations in ease of doing business”, he said.

He has also announced Rs 100 lakh crores will be invested for infrastructure in the next 5 years.

Our priority should be a ‘Made in India’ product.

He also talked about excessive governance and said India has been trying to remove the influence of excess governance in people’s lives. They have abolished upto 1,450 laws in 5 years.

 

Population Control

Modi said that there should be more awareness about Population explosion.

“We have to think – can we do justice to the aspirations of our children?”, he asked.

Population explosion will cause many problems for our future generations, he said.

 

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