Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Saturday to mark the country's 69th Independence Day had much of the fire of his first one last year, though it did not seem to tread any new ground.
Highlights included the PM stating that there was no place for communalism or corruption in India, acknowledging that a solution was yet to be found to the long-standing demand for one rank one pension for military personnel, the importance of enshrining labour as an important part of our national conscience, as well as coining a new phrase "Start up and Stand up India."
Speaking from the ramparts of the 17th century Red Fort, Modi also pointed out the need for a solution to the problem of 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”.
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