Chief of Defence Staff to Kashmir: 10 takeaways from PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the 73rd Independence Day. He unfurled the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the Red Fort at 7:30 am.

PM Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat on the occasion of Independence Day on Thursday, prior to the flag hoisting at the Red Fort.

It is PM Modi’s sixth Independence Day speech and the first after returning to power with a massive mandate, from the ramparts of the Red Fort.

Addressing the nation on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on issues ranging from Jammu and Kashmir, the flooding in several states and water conservation.

Here are 10 takeaways from PM Modi’s Independence Day speech:

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that his government neither nurses problems nor keeps them pending and referred to the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying India now is one nation with one constitution. Addressing the nation, he also said that within 10 weeks of assuming power, his government has taken key decisions such as bringing a new law to ban the practice of instant triple talaq and scrapping provisions of Article 370 related to Jammu and Kashmir. “Our government does not delay decisions. We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending,” he said while referring to Article 370.

2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the removal of Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution within 10 weeks of the new government has come as step towards realising the dreams of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He said, “The new government has not even completed 10 weeks in office but even in this small period we have taken and strengthened initiatives in all directions.” “Today the country says, one nation, one Constitution. We are committed to realise Patel’s dream of ‘ek Bharat, shresta Bharat (One India, great India),”PM Modi said in Independence Day speech.

3. PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, talked about his government’s move to abolish instant triple talaq and said that the Muslim women had been suffering under this custom. PM Modi also said that the Muslim women were really scared as they suffered due to practice of Triple Talaq. PM Modi questioned that if they could take strong steps like abolishment of evils like Sati or child marriage, then why not triple talaq.

4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday made a fresh pitch for holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls together, saying the concept of ‘one nation, one election’ is imperative to make the country great. During his address to the nation on the 73rd Independence Day, he said today, India is talking about simultaneous polls which is a good thing. Last August, the Law Commission had recommended holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies to save public money. The draft, submitted to the Law Ministry, however, cautioned that “holding simultaneous elections is not possible within the existing framework of the Constitution”.

5. In a major announcement for the three armed forces of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that the country will now have a post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) that will integrate the operations of the three forces–the Indian Army, the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force. Prime Minister Modi said the armed forces are pride of every India. He said in the changing time, there is a need for the forces to sharpen coordination. “This is going to make the forces even more effective,” PM Modi said.

6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke about the changing aspirations of the people and said that they are no longer happy with merely the proposal for a new railway station, they want to know when the state-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express will come to their area. In his Independence Day address, PM Modi said that the government has decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore in infrastructure development.

7. PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said that he wanted to ensure ease of living for the people of the country as well as make it easier for doing business in India. He also called for removing excess influence of the governments from people’s lives and said that the people should have the freedom of pursuing their aspirations. PM Narendra Modi also stressed on the pathbreaking decisions taken by his government including Article 370 and the triple talaq.

8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the death of people in recent floods in several parts of the country and assured that all possible support would be provided to the affected. Addressing the nation from the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, Modi said, “When the country is celebrating Independence day, many parts of the country is facing the problem of floods due to heavy rains.” He said many people have lost their lives in the floods and “I condole their death”.

9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people to come forward and contribute in conserving water resources and harvest rainwater. PM Modi said this has to be taken up as a mass movement at the grassroots level. “The movement towards water conservation has to take place at the grassroots level. It cannot become a mere government programme. People from all walks of life have to be integrated in this movement,” PM Modi said in his I-Day speech. PM Narendra Modi had said this in his first Mann Ki Baat radio address too after forming the news government.

10. PM Narendra Modi also called for making India plastic-free. In his speech, PM Modi said, “Can we free India from single use plastic? Time for implementing this idea is now. Let an important step in this direction be made on October 2.”

Updated: August 15, 2019 — 9:12 am