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PM Modi’s I-Day Speeches: From ‘Skill India’ To ‘$5 Trillion Economy’, Taglines Over 8 Years

With every year, the speech that Modi has made, focuses on a few key words, promotes new schemes or announces them. India Ahead lists out those tag lines:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the Red Fort on August 15, 2021. (Photo Credit: ANI)

New Delhi: Continuing with his usual requests to follow a certain ritual or back his government’s policy decisions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently asked Indians to take part in the “Har Ghar Tiranga” programme – to hoist a flag in one’s home to mark the 75th year of independent India.

This August 15 will also mark Modi’s 9th speech on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day. With every year, the speech that Modi has made, focuses on a few key words, promotes new schemes or announces them. India Ahead lists out those tag lines:

August 15, 2014

The first speech, after Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, held the most plans and promises. These were:

Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana to provide for a bank account, a debit card and an insurance amount of Rs 1 lakh, for the poor.

The announcement of the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, and a mission to achieve a clean India by 2019.

And the announcement of a nationwide “Skill India” movement, to provide skills which ensure employability.

August 15, 2015

Start-Up India, Stand-Up India, was announced by Modi, which he said was aimed to encourage entrepreneurship among the youth of India.

He said each of the 1.25 lakh bank branches, should encourage at least one Dalit or Adivasi entrepreneur, and at least one-woman entrepreneur.

August 15, 2016

Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat – One India, great India – an initiative to enhance the understanding and bond between different the diverse, multi-lingual and multi-cultural states & Union Territories for strengthening the unity and integrity of India.

August 15, 2017

Modi’s speech in 2017 pushed the term ‘New India’, where he said the initiative was to move forward with the “collective strength of 125 crore people without any discrimination of small and big people.”

Going on to say in his speech: “Neither by bullet: nor by abuses but by hugging we can solve the problem of Kashmir.”

“New India will be the biggest strength of democracy.”

August 15, 2018

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan was announced to be launched on September, 25, 2018 – to boost affordable healthcare in the country

August 15, 2019

This is the year that Modi announced the “dream” for India becoming a “5 Trillion Dollar Economy”. The target for achieving this was later set for 2024.

A promise that has many times been brought back up by the opposition parties in subsequent years, while India battles rising unemployment.

August 15, 2020

The year that Covid-19 became a pandemic. Modi took the day to speak of a Self-Reliant India or “AatmaNirbharBharat”. He said “In the midst of the Corona pandemic, 130 crore Indians pledged themselves to become self-reliant. Today self-reliance is etched in the mind of every Indian.”

August 15, 2021

There were two taglines that emerged in this speech. One was the goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ which he is to create an India where the level of facilities is not dividing the village and the city. Where the government does not interfere unnecessarily in the lives of citizens. The goal of ‘Amrit Kaal’ is to build an India where there is world’s every modern infrastructure.

Another tagline was an addition of ‘SabkaPrayas’ to the SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. Which translates into, everyone’s effort, with ‘support of everyone, development for everyone, the trust of everyone’.