New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the nation on the occasion of India’s 76th Independence Day. While speaking about nation’s freedom fighters, PM Modi said that today, not just in India, but in every corner of the world the people are celebrating India’s Independence.
“The magnanimity of the celebration of Independence Day today has been historic and India made sure those forgotten in history were relived by highlighting their contribution to the freedom struggle,” the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation.
Mentioning the names of all the freedom fighters, including India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, PM Modi made specific mention of India’s tribal community’s contribution to the freedom struggle. “On this day, we should celebrate the contribution of every citizen to this country for 75 years,” he said.
The Prime Minister added that the country went through a lot of thick and thin throughout the 75 years but its spirit has been undeterred. “They did not forget their goals and the truth is that 100 years of slavery have given deeper wounds to India’s conscience. However, amidst this, there was a desire for freedom. There were a lot of concerns that were pumped into masses that, if the Englishmen leave, the country would be desiccated,” he said.
“But little did these people (who pumped such concerns) know that the soil of India continues to live on irrespective of the fact which regime rules it,” added the Prime Minister.
Speaking of the hurdles faced by India, PM Modi said that terrorism, droughts, wars, and economic distress affected the country in many phases but still, our nation kept progressing.
“For India, these challenges, which were seen as a burden to India, were its strength. India’s biggest asset is democracy. It is the mother of democracy and those who have a democratic mindset prove to be a difficulty even for the largest regimes of the world,” said PM Modi, adding that India made it clear that its democracy was invaluable.