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PM Modi delivers Independence Day speech from Red Fort: Top quotes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in his Independence Day speech on Tuesday from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

IndependenceDay2017 Updated: Aug 15, 2017 13:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Narendra Modi waves after delivering the Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in his Independence Day speech on Tuesday from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Here are top quotes from the Prime Mininster’s speech:

*We are devoting significant attention to eastern India- Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Northeast. These parts have to grow further: PM

*Violence in the name of ‘astha’ is not something to be happy about, it will not be accepted in India

*India is about Shanti, Ekta and Sadbhavana. Casteism and communalism will not help us

*I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to ‘tripe talaq’- I admire their courage. We are with them in their struggles

*We are nurturing our youngsters to be job creators and not job seekers

*There is no question of being soft on terrorism or terrorists

*No bullets or abuses can solve the Kashmir problem, only hugs can do it

*We have to work for the progress of Jammu and Kashmir

*India’s stature in the world is rising. The world is with us in fighting the menace of terror. I thank all nations helping us doing so

*Good governance is about speed and simplification of processes

*GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST & the role of technology has also helped

*Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today

*India’s security is our priority

*We have to drop this ‘chalta hai’ attitude. We have to think of ‘badal sakta hai’- this attitude will help us as a nation

*January 1, 2018 will not be an ordinary day -- those born in this century will start turning 18. They are Bhagya Vidhatas of our nation

*In our nation, there is no one big or small... everybody is equal. Together we can bring a positive change in the nation

*We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a ‘New India’

*This is a special year- 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav

*People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters and the tragedy in Gorakhpur

*We remember the great women and men who worked hard for India’s freedom

First Published: Aug 15, 2017 08:29 IST