There is no place for communalism or corruption in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his Independence Day address to the nation on Saturday even as he acknowledged a solution is yet to be found to the long-standing demand for one rank one pension for military personnel.
Speaking from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort, Modi pointed to need for a medicine to tackle graft, which was eating away at the country “like a termite”. He said the “poison” of casteism and communalism must be fought with the “nectar of development”.
Modi repeatedly referred to the central role of the country’s one billion-plus population – which he dubbed “Team India” – in his government’s development plans, saying the people alone will take India to new heights.
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