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Independence Day 2018: With a clarion call for social justice, Modi sounds 2019 poll bugle

By Vikas

New Delhi, Aug 15: India celebrates its 72nd Independence Day, today. On August 15, 1947, India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the Tricolour for the first time from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi to mark India's freedom from the British rule. Since then, Prime Minister's speech from the Red Fort has remained a hallmark of Independence Day celebrations.

Modi addressing from ramparts of Red Fort

PM Modi today touched upon a wide range of topics in his speech. He said codemned the incidents of rapes across the country and stressed on the importance of women empowerment. He said that on Kashmir, the government would follow former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's approach. Modi announced some schemes and highlighted the achievements of his government since 2014.

Here are the highlights of PM Modi's speech:

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