PM Modi’s 74th I-Day speech highlights: ‘Covid-19 is not an obstacle big enough to hamper self-reliant India’s growth’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi || Edited by Prashasti Singh
Aug 15, 2020 01:53 PM IST

India is celebrating its 74th Independence Day on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Rajghat and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi as the celebrations started. The prime minister then proceeded to the Red Fort where he remembered those who laid their lives for India’s Independence.PM Modi also applauded the grit and resilience of the country’s frontline workers in fight against Covid-19, which has killed thousands in the country. He also stressed on the need to become self-reliant.Seventy-three years of independence from the British rule is being celebrated in a subdued manner due to the coronavirus crisisOver 1,500 “coronavirus winners” who recovered from the disease, are present at the function in a symbol of the citizens’ determination to fight the pandemic and emerge winners.Around 4,000 personnel are on security duty for the function. Read highlights here:

01:25 pm IST

Vice President Naidu lauds PM for ‘passionate’ I-Day speech

PM Modi at Red Fort(DD National)
PM Modi at Red Fort(DD National)

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his passionate Independence Day speech at the Red Fort and said that it creates confidence among the people in their endeavours to revive the economy.

01:05 pm IST

JP Nadda hoists flag at BJP headquarters

BJP national president JP Nadda hoisted the national flag at the party’s headquarter in New Delhi.

12:45 pm IST

Priyanka Gandhi lauds soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers on I-Day

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra lauded soldiers, healthcare workers, farmers in her Tweets on the occasion of Independence Day. “India got independence after a long struggle in which people laid down their lives. Crores of Indians fought together for the truth and won. We have to protect our freedom by putting our lives at stake. On this occasion of Independence Day, salute to the soldiers, healthcare workers, sanitation workers, farmers and labourers,” her tweet read.

12:32 pm IST

President Ram Nath Kovind pays tribute at National War Memorial

President Ram Nath Kovind paid tribute at National War Memorial.


12:15 pm IST

LK Advani unfurls national flag at residence

BJP leader L K Advani unfurled the tricolour at his residence in New Delhi to mark the nation’s 74th Independence Day.

12:00 pm IST

Chinese envoy wishes for ‘peace and prosperity’ for India and China

“Congratulations to the Indian government and people on Independence Day. Wish China and India, two great nations with ancient civilization prosper together in peace and develop with closer partnership,” tweeted Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India.

11:45 am IST

PM Modi continues ‘safa’ tradition; opts for saffron, cream turban

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore a saffron and cream headgear at the 74th Independence Day celebrations. He paired the ‘safa’ with a half-sleeve kurta and a fitted churidar.

11:32 am IST

Day to remember all those who lost lives at border: Delhi CM

“Today is also the day to remember those who sacrificed themselves at the border in last 73 years, to keep the nation independent and safe. Our 20 jawans lost their lives at India-China border. Innumerable soldiers have laid down their lives like this, in last 73 years,” tweeted Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

11:17 am IST

On I-Day, CPI(M) pledges to continue its fight to defend constitution

“We pledge to continue our fight in defence of the constitution and against attack on fundamental rights. This freedom was hard-earned and any attempt to curb it will be fought back,” CPI (M) Tweeted.

11:05 am IST

Congress leader AK Antony hoists flag at party headquarters

Senior Congress leader AK Antony hoists the National Flag at Congress party’s headquarters.


10:48 am IST

‘Best wishes for more progress’: Nepal PM wished India on I-Day

“Congratulations and greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government and people of India on the happy occasion of the 74th Independence Day. Best wishes for more progress and prosperity of the people of India,” Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli tweeted.

10:35 am IST

Australian PM Scott Morrison wishes India happy Independence Day

“Warm wishes to PM Narendra Modi and the people of India on their Independence Day. The deep friendship and partnership between Australia and India is founded on bharosa (trust), samman (respect) and shared values. Happy Independence Day!,” Australian PM Scott Morrison Tweets.

10:26 am IST

Rahul Gandhi extends wishes to nation on Independence Day

Remembering a quote of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Rahul Gandhi tweeted. “The only alternative to coexistence is destruction. Jawaharlal Nehru. Best wishes on Independence Day.”

10:14 am IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoists national flag in Nagpur

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hoisted the national flag at the Sangh headquarters in Nagpur as part of the Independence Day celebrations.

10:05 am IST

‘I bow to martyrs’: Arvind Kejriwal tweets on Independence Day

“I bow to those martyrs whose sacrifice made it possible for us to breathe in free atmosphere. I wish all the countrymen Happy Independence Day,” tweeted Kejriwal on Independence Day.

09:55 am IST

Middle class needs freedom from government interference: PM

“Professionals coming out of India’s middle class make their mark in the whole world not only in India. The middle class needs opportunity and freedom from government interference,” said PM Modi.

09:40 am IST

DRDO-developed anti-drone system was deployed near Red Fort

DRDO-developed anti-drone system deployed near Red Fort today. The system can detect and jam micro drones up to 3 kilometres and use laser to bring down a target up to 1-2.5 kilometres depending on the wattage of laser weapon, according to news agency ANI.

09:25 am IST

Development work in over 1,300 islands in country underway: PM

“There are more than 1,300 islands in our country. Keeping in mind their geographical location and their significance in the development of the nation, work to begin new projects in some of these islands is underway,” said PM Modi.

09:15 am IST

Our hearts meet with India’s neighbours: PM Modi

“Today, neighbours are not only those with whom we share our geographical boundaries but also those with whom our hearts meet,” said PM Modi.

09:09 am IST

‘Ram Temple construction started 10 days ago’: PM Modi says conduct of people ‘inspirational’

“Construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya started 10 days ago. Ramjanmbhoomi issue that prevailed for centuries, has been resolved peacefully. The conduct of people of the country has been unprecedented and is an inspiration for future,” said PM Modi in his Independence Day speech.

09:02 am IST

PM Modi ends Independence Day speech

PM Modi has concluded his Independence Day speech which ran for over 1 hour 30 minutes.

09:01 am IST

Covid-19 is not an obstacle big enough to hamper self-reliant India’s growth: PM Modi

“Covid-19 is not an obstacle big enough to hamper self-reliant India’s growth,” says PM Modi.

08:59 am IST

India’s policies, processes and products should be the best: PM Modi

“Our processes, policies, products should be the best. That is how India will be at the top of the world,” says PM Modi.

08:55 am IST

NCC will select 1 lakh cadets from coastal, border areas, one-third will be female cadets: PM

“National Cadet Corps will select 1 lakh cadets from coastal and border areas and one-third of these will be female cadets,” says PM Modi.

08:52 am IST

Working with maritime neighbours to ensure peace and stability in Southeast Asia: PM

“We are working with our maritime neighbours to ensure peace and stability in Southeast Asia,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

08:47 am IST

India is thankful to all nations who extended help during Covid-19 struggle: PM Modi

PM Modi thanked all nations who extended help to India during her struggle with coronavirus.

08:45 am IST

Ladakh showed how India responds to those who threaten her territorial integrity: PM Modi

“From LOC to LAC, whoever dared to cross the line and threaten the territorial integrity of India was met with an appropriate response from our brave soldiers,” says PM Modi.

08:41 am IST

Decreasing carbon footprint will be done on a war-footing: PM Modi

“Decreasing our carbon footprint and conservation of biodiversity will be done on a war-footing,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

08:38 am IST

J-K has completed one year of independence from Article 370

“This one year is a year of the new journey of development for Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is the year of the rights received by the women and the Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is also the year of a life of dignity for the refugees in Jammu and Kashmir,” says PM Modi.

08:36 am IST

3 vaccines candidates are at different stages of testing in India: PM Modi

“All of us are waiting for a vaccine for Covid-19. I want to tell you that three vaccine candidates are at different stages of testing in the country. A made in India vaccine will be out soon,” says PM Modi.

08:33 am IST

PM Modi announces National Digital Health Mission

PM Modi announces National Digital Health Mission, says it will bring a revolution in India’s health sector

08:30 am IST

We have worked for women empowerment: PM Modi

“We have worked for women empowerment- Navy and airforce are taking women in combat, women are now leaders, we abolished triple talaq, got sanitary pads to women for just 1 rupee,” says PM Modi

08:25 am IST

Optical fibre network will reach all 6 lakh villages of India: PM

“All 6 lakh villages on India will be connected via optical fibre within 1,000 days,” says PM Modi

08:22 am IST

National Education Policy will equip kids for global competition: PM

“Education plays an important role in new India, and we have introduced the National Education policy, which will help our children grow and be equipped for global competition,” says PM Modi.

08:19 am IST

Rs 90,000 crore directly transferred to bank accounts of poor: PM

“About Rs 90,000 crore directly transferred to bank accounts of poor; over 80 crore people provided free food grains,” says PM Modi.

08:18 am IST

Middle class will benefit most from ease of living, says PM Modi

“Middle class will benefit most from a better ranking in ease of living and we are striving for it,” says PM Modi.

08:16 am IST

Jal Jeevan Mission empowered spirit of cooperative competitive federalism, says PM Modi

“Jal Jeevan Mission has empowered the spirit of cooperative competitive federalism,” says PM Modi.

08:14 am IST

Economic clusters will be formed in villages: PM Modi

“We need to strengthen agrarian businesses. Economic clusters will be formed in villages for this purpose,” says PM Modi.

08:10 am IST

We will have to work extra hard for upliftment of all: PM Modi

“Some areas tend to be left behind in journeys of development. There are 110 districts in India that have to be brought back in the narrative of development. We will have to work extra hard for upliftment of all,” says PM Modi.

08:08 am IST

India’s progress seen in all fields in past 6 years: PM Modi

“Be it providing every household with electricity, cooking gas, creating bank accounts for the poor or building toilets in all houses, India has progressed a lot in every field in the last 6 years,” says PM Modi.

08:05 am IST

Opening up space sector will generate employment: PM Modi

“I am confident that measures like opening up space sector will generate many new employment opportunities for our youth, said PM Modi.

08:04 am IST

Record FDI investment reflects world’s confidence in India: PM Modi

“India’s record FDI investment shows the world’s growing confidence in our nation,” says PM Modi.

08:03 am IST

Make in World should also be a key slogan like Make in India: PM Modi

“Make in World should also be a key slogan like Make in India is,” says PM Modi in his address to the nation.

08:01 am IST

Humanity must be centre of economic growth: PM Modi

“While we focus on economic growth and development, humanity must retain a central role in this process,” says PM Modi.

08:00 am IST

Vocal for local should be key slogan of independent India: PM Modi

“Vocal for local should be the key slogan of independent India,” says PM Modi at Red Fort.

07:57 am IST

We have to provide for hungry in our nation, world: PM Modi

“We have to strengthen our agriculture industry, to provide for the hungry in our nation as well as the world,” says PM Modi in Independence Day speech.

07:54 am IST

India has to utilise its human resource: PM Modi

PM Modi says India has to focus on its human resources and skill development.

07:51 am IST

India has to stop exporting raw material, importing finished goods: PM

“India has to stop exporting raw material and importing finished goods. We have to become self-reliant,” says PM.

07:47 am IST

‘I have faith in India’s approach’: PM Modi on India becoming self-reliant

“India has vowed to be self-reliant amid Covid-19. Self-reliance is compulsory for families and for the nation. I have faith in India’s approach,” says PM Modi

07:40 am IST

PM lauds nation’s ‘unwavering spirit’

“India’s soul has been attacked several times, but our nation’s unwavering spirit conquered all,” says PM Modi in his Independence Day speech.

07:38 am IST

I salute the corona warriors: PM Modi

“I salute the corona warriors who have worked relentlessly for the nation. I extend my condolences to families that have lost loved ones in this battle against coronavirus,” says PM at Red Fort.

07:37 am IST

We owe this freedom to those who fought for Independence: PM Modi

“We owe this freedom to those hundreds who fought for our Independence,” says PM Modi.

07:34 am IST

PM Modi begins address to nation

PM Modi has begun his address to the nation from the Red Fort.

07:30 am IST

PM Modi unfurls national flag

PM Modi unfurled the national flag at Red Fort and national anthem was played.

07:22 am IST

PM Modi receives guard of honour

Rajnath Singh and defence secretary Ajay Kumar received the PM at Red Fort. The PM received the guard of honour.

07:17 am IST

PM Modi pays tributes at Rajghat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tributes at Rajghat.


07:16 am IST

Amit Shah stresses on self-reliance in I-Day Tweet

Home Minister Amit Shah stressed on the need for a self-reliant India in his Independence Day tweet for the nation: “On this Independence Day, let us take a pledge to fulfil PM Narendra Modi’s dream of a self-reliant India and contribute to taking the country to new heights by using indigenous products.

06:55 am IST

PM Tweets: Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians

PM Tweets: Happy Independence Day to all fellow Indians.

Jai Hind!

06:44 am IST

Rajnath Singh to receive PM at red fort at 7.18am

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar will receive the PM at Red Fort ahead of his speech and flag hoisting.

06:29 am IST

PM Modi to address nation from Red Fort

PM Narendra Modi will address the nation from Red Fort today. This will be his second Independence Day speech of his second tenure as PM.

06:24 am IST

PM Modi to visit Rajghat at 7am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay his tributes at Rajghat before proceeding towards the Red Fort.

06:20 am IST

India celebrates 74th Independence Day

The country is celebrating 73 years of independence from the British rule today.

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