Rahul Gandhi Greets People On 76th Anniversary Of Independence

Sharing a quote from the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's 'Tryst with Destiny' speech, he also posted a montage of pictures highlighting India's rich cultural tradition.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at AICC.
File Photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday greeted the people on the 76th anniversary of India’s Independence. Sharing a quote from the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech, he also posted a montage of pictures highlighting India’s rich cultural tradition.

“To India, our much-loved motherland, the ancient, the eternal and the ever-new, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.’ Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind,” Gandhi tweeted.

On its official Twitter handle, the Congress said, “Let us enter the 76th year of Independence with new energy and positive thinking and take the country forward on the path of development. Jai Hind.”

At midnight, the party tweeted, “75 years ago, this day, at the stroke of midnight, India made a tryst with destiny. A pact where all forces kneeled down before the valour of our forefathers, and gave us the freedom we enjoy today.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the nation to develop hatred towards corruption and those indulging in that vice, and towards nepotism to move towards a new India with a firm resolve.

Addressing the nation for the ninth consecutive time from the ramparts of the Red Fort after hoisting the tricolour on the 76th Independence Day, Modi, 71, also urged people to take five pledges in the next 25 years — making India a developed nation, removing every trace of bondage, taking pride in the country’s heritage, unity, and fulfilling their duties.

In his 82-minute address, Modi said gender equality is the key to a united India as he stressed the need to extend support to ‘Nari Shakti’, adding respect for women is an important pillar for India’s growth. It is important that in speech and conduct “we do nothing that lowers the dignity of women”, he said.

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“A distortion has crept in our conduct and we at times insult women,” he said, and asked, “Can we take a pledge to get rid of this from our behaviour and values?”

A made-in-India gun was used for the first time in 75 years for the ceremonial 21-shot salute at the historic Red Fort on Independence Day. So far, British guns have been used for the ceremonial salute.

“If there are crores of problems there are crores of solutions. When 130 crore people take one step ahead, the nation moves 130 crore steps,” he said, and identified corruption and nepotism as two key issues that need to be dealt with head on.

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“Another evil we need to come together against is nepotism. We need to give opportunities to those who are talented and will work towards the progress of the nation. Talent will be the basis of a New India,” he added.