India celebrates its Independence day this year amid the growing scare of Swine Flu along with the worst drought it has seen in decades, apart from the financial crises and the growing security concerns. And the Prime Minister delivered his fifth Independence day speech focusing on these problems.
Promising the farmers government's assistance to stay afloat during the drought, Dr Singh also assured that the government has stepped up efforts to control surging prices.
He said that the Indian economy will recover by the end of 2009, stating that Indian economy and growth rate was better when compared with other countries due to 'our polices'.
He also assured the people that the country was well equipped to deal with the Swine flu and told the people not to panic.
The terror threats from various internal and external sources that may have cast a shadow on the Independence day celebrations but the Prime Minister told his people that India will not tolerate terror. He also said that the government is taking steps to step up intelligence in a bid to improve preparedness and to tackle terror.