I-Day speech | 140 Cr my parivarjan, but parties want parivarvaad: Modi

PM Modi vowed to deliver his 11th Independence Day speech from the Red Fort next year

| Updated: 15 August, 2023 11:02 am IST
PM Modi addressing the nation from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI: Setting the tone of next year’s general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 10th Independence Day speech renewed his attack on dynastic politics, corruption, and appeasement and vowed to come back in power in the 2024 elections.

Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort, PM Modi reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to the people of India, declaring all 140 crore citizens as his extended family. He also expressed his determination to lead the nation towards a bright future.

“140 crore mere bhai-bahen hain, mere parivarjan hain (140 crore Indians are my brothers and sisters, they are my family members). I cannot bear to see any of your sorrows,” the prime minister declared.

Underlining that the dreams of Indian citizens inspire him to work tirelessly, he said: “I live and sweat for you, for you are my family. I will be back on the next 15th August.” He recalled his promise in 2014 to bring about transformative change and expressed gratitude to the citizens for entrusting him with their faith again in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

With a resolute demeanor, the prime minister declared, “I will fulfill all your dreams,” and spoke of the critical five years ahead that would shape India’s path to 2047. He pledged to showcase the nation’s achievements and development before the people on every 15th August.

PM Modi wore a Rajasthani bandhej safa for his 10th Independence Day speech on Tuesday.

“When we unfurl the Tricolour on Independence Day in 2047, it should be the Tricolur of a developed India,” he asserted, adding, “This India does not stop, does not tire, and does not pause.” He extolled the virtues of the nation, emphasizing the spirit that propels India forward.

Taking a strong stand against corruption, and the politics of dynasty and appeasement, the prime minister said, “This is Modi’s commitment to continue fighting against corruption, dynastic, and appeasement.” He likened corruption to a termite eroding the foundations of the country and underscored his unwavering dedication to eradicating these three scourges.

He said that India needs a strong and stable government to take the country forward on the path of development and self-reliance, exhorting people to discern challenges lying ahead and their role in leading the nation to greater heights.

Prime Minister Modi cited positive ratings by credit agencies to assert that India is unstoppable.

On the occasion, PM Modi donned a vibrant Rajasthani bandhani print turban, resonating with the hues of Rajasthan. Accompanied by an off-white kurta and churidar, the prime minister exuded elegance and cultural flair.

His ensemble was further adorned with a distinctive touch – a black V-neck jacket, perfectly complementing his multicolour turban. The turban itself was an artful fusion of yellow, green, and red, extending gracefully with a splendid tail.

The vivid turban tradition has been a hallmark of Modi’s Independence Day attire, a tradition he has steadfastly followed since his inaugural speech in 2014.

Last year, he chose a saffron headgear adorned with intricate red patterns, accompanied by an extended tail, mirroring his dedication to upholding the country’s rich cultural heritage.

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