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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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9:06 AM, 15 Aug
Rahul Gandhi wishes nation on Independence Day.
9:04 AM, 15 Aug
Modi meets children at Red Fort. Children enthusiastically rush forward to meet and shake hands with the PM. Children are excited, a healthy jostling can be seen among children to meet the PM.
8:59 AM, 15 Aug
Just before stepping into the car, PM Modi waves at the crowd and cheers erupt among those who have gathered at Red Fort to listen to the PM.
8:58 AM, 15 Aug
Modi waves at kids who in turn wave PM back. Patriotic songs are being played at Red Fort, as PM Modi descends from the podium.
8:55 AM, 15 Aug
"We won't stop, won't bend and we won't get tired. We will write our own destiny, this is new India. we want to touch the sky and create a new India," Prime Minister ends his speech with 'Jai Hind'.
8:54 AM, 15 Aug
PM Modi's poetic lines during the speech.. We will neither stop, nor will we bog down; On the path of progress, we will constantly move forward.
8:49 AM, 15 Aug
“I am glad that AFSPA has been revoked in Tripura and Meghalaya, along with several districts of Arunachal Pradesh. Maoists shed blood and then run and hide in the forests. Left Wing Extremism used to affect 126 districts, but now it is limited to just 90,” says Narendra Modi.
8:48 AM, 15 Aug
We want peace, not bullets in Kashmir, says Modi.
8:43 AM, 15 Aug
I want to tell my Muslim sisters, Triple Talaq is a social evil. We brought in a law to weed out triple talaq menace, but some have opposed it. I assure my Muslim sisters that we will get it passed, says PM.
8:42 AM, 15 Aug
Law order is strong speedy trials are ensuring speedy justice. A trial was completed in Madhya Pradesh in a swift manner, perpetrators have been sent to the gallows, says Modi.
8:40 AM, 15 Aug
Rapes are painful. We have to free the nation from this menace. We have to ensure that such demonic acts are punished, says Modi.
8:39 AM, 15 Aug
Women are contributing to every aspect of nation's development, women are there from Parliament to Pnachayat, says Modi.
8:36 AM, 15 Aug
The healthcare initiatives of the government will have a positive impact on 50 crore Indians. It is important to ensure that we free the poor of India from poverty due to which they cannot afford healthcare, says PM.
8:36 AM, 15 Aug
I call on honest people, to take part in nation's development...I will not spare the corrupt. Power brokers have vanished from the streets of Delhi, says Modi.
8:32 AM, 15 Aug
I want to tell honest tax payers, that it is their money that is being used for welfare schemes. An honest tax payer should feel that when he is eating food, three more poor families are eating because of tax payed by him, says Modi.
8:30 AM, 15 Aug
Several schemes have been launched in the past, but they never reached people. There were middle men involved to usurp the benefit meant for the poor. There were obstacles which prevented benefits of the government schemes from reaching the poor. We removed this, he says.
8:26 AM, 15 Aug
PM Modi announces Aayushman Bharat Scheme to empower the poor.
8:26 AM, 15 Aug
Empowering the poor and eradicating the poverty should be our aim. No poor wants to pass on poverty as legacy to next generation, says Modi.
8:22 AM, 15 Aug
Mahatma Gandhi stressed a lot on cleanliness, We must ensure that nation is clean, this would be our biggest gift to Bapu on his 150th birth anniversary, Modi says.
8:21 AM, 15 Aug
Some made fun of me when i spoke about Swacch Bharat Mission during my first address. Now, WHO has said that improved sanitation levels have saved almost 3 lakh lives, says Modi.
8:19 AM, 15 Aug
Farmers are making progress, they are thinking about solar farming now, says Modi.
8:18 AM, 15 Aug
Recalling Mahatama Gandhi, Modi said Bapu stressed on Khadi and Khadi exports have been higher than ever before.
8:17 AM, 15 Aug
We are progressing in a planned way in the field of agriculture, we are make rapid strides, we have framed policies to truly benefit the farmers, he says.
8:16 AM, 15 Aug
PM Modi announces manned mission to space in 2022.
8:13 AM, 15 Aug
I make this announcement today, before 2022, an Indian will be in space. One of us will carry tricolour to the space that too on a Indian mission, says Modi.
8:11 AM, 15 Aug
Modi lauds Isro for launching 100 satellites in one go. Modi lauds Isro scientists for Mangalyan and Navic project which is a project to have India's own GPS systems, he says.
8:10 AM, 15 Aug
Not only big cities, but even tier 2 and tier 3 cities have become part of development. E way and i way have reached smaller times, he says.
8:07 AM, 15 Aug
People of North East used to feel that Delhi was far away, now we have brought Delhi closer to North East, he says.
8:01 AM, 15 Aug
There were times when people used to see Indian economy as risky, now the same people see it a positive way. We have climbed up the rankings in ease of doing business, he says.
8:00 AM, 15 Aug
We are very proud of what we have achieved but at the same time, we also have to look at where we have come from. That is when we will realize the unbelievable strides the nation has taken, says PM.

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