Following is the
article on ‘Decoding PM’s Speech' by the Union Home Minister Shri
“We have completed 70 years since Independence and now we are in an era
distinctively different on every aspect from innovation, motivation and
the direction in which the country is marching ahead. The Prime
Minister’s address from the Red Fort on that Historic occasion had to
reflect the same spirit and it certainly did. How was it different from
the usual Independence Day speeches?
It has given a holistic view to the entire freedom struggle in the
present day context. When he mentioned the Centenary of Champaran
Satyagraha, 125th year of Sabarmati ashram along with 75th anniversary
of Quit India, he made a reference to every major touch point that led
to massive political movement of 1942.
When he mentioned the journey of nation from ‘Chakra Dhari to Charkha
Dhari’ it was a portrayal of the inspirational values of our country
from the ages unknown to the modern era. Thus clearly stating that we
are an eternal nation in perpetuity.
As a colleague I feel the need to appreciate certain remarkable and
distinct patterns emerging from his address, which reflect in his entire
concept of governance almost like mantras.Broadly, there are several
underlying themes into which the thrust of every single point he made
can be placed.
At the very outset the Prime Minister recalled the contribution and
sacrifices made by our freedom fighters and martyrs, who ensured that we
remain fearlessly free indicating the sensitivity of this government
towards its heroes, freedom fighters and those who attained martyrdom in
the line of duty. He empathised with those affected by the Gorakhpur
tragedy and the recent natural calamities like floods and landslides
which have affected many parts of the country. This was a reassuring
statement to the victims to make from the ramparts of the Red Fort, that
even in its celebratory moments, the nation is sensitive enough to not
forget those suffering and unable to celebrate.
It was heartwarming to see the Prime Minister making his government's
stand clear when he said “Na Gaali Na Goli” can resolve the complexities
of Kashmir issue. On the contrary it could only be resolved by embracing
the common Kashmiri. The Centre has been consistent in its belief that
the common Kashmiri wants to be an active stakeholder in the peace
process. They have been made victim by certain vested interests who do
not want peace in the Kashmir valley. The Prime Minister in his speech
appealed to those who take recourse to violence and exhorted them to
abjure violence and adopt democratic means to voice their concerns and
Prime Minister Modi appealed to people to shun violence of every hue and
shade, be it communal, casteist, or even a simple case of road rage. He
also expressed solidarity with the women who were fighting a spirited
battle against the malpractices of triple Talaq. The PM admired the
courage of those women who stood up for their rights. It is a big shift
from the 80s when the governments and the prime ministers were unwilling
to discuss the plight of women and their fight for rights.
Our government is extremely sensitive to issues pertaining to women’s
welfare and their wellbeing. The maternity benefits amendment has made
India one of the most sensitive nation in terms of benefits for to-be
mothers or mothers of new-borns.
The government's concern for poor and weaker sections is well known to
everyone. Our Prime Minister has dedicated his government in service to
the poor. He reiterated his commitment from the Red Fort in his I-Day
speech. Lamenting that there were projects that had been delayed for
decades, he informed the nation that the work on those projects had been
expedited as such delays affect the poor the most. Moreover, every rupee
saved is a rupee earned for the benefit of the under privileged. The
push for distributing LED lights is one such example.
In an outreach to the millennials, the children of the 21st century, PM
Modi said that they were the real “BhagyaVidhatas” of this youthful
nation since they are the engine of India’s future growth. The youth of
this country have been recognised as the 'demographic dividend' and the
government has prepared an action plan to integrate our youth into the
process of nation building.
The Prime Minister mentioned how the bar was set higher for his
government right at the beginning when an SIT on black money was
constituted through the very first Cabinet decision. Since then, many
effective steps have been taken to strengthen India's fight against
Steps like demonetisation, notification of the Benami Law and its
enforcement to seize Rs 800 crore worth properties, crackdown on shell
companies and post-demonetisation data mining to detect suspicious
accounts have clearly underlined our Prime Minister's integrity, the
government's intent and his decisive decision making ability.
Outlining the results of his government’s decisive actions, PM Modi said
that Rs 1.25 lakh crore of black money has been detected, over Rs 1.75
lakh crore is under scrutiny, and over Rs 3 lakh crore of black money
that would have never come into the formal system if not for
demonetisation. Nearly 3,00,000 shell companies were identified,
detected and 1,75,000 of them have been permanently closed.
PM Modi assured the honest citizens that their honesty is cherished and
valued – a remark one rarely comes across because most governments
forget the silent majority of honest citizens. He also assured the
citizens that those who had looted the nation would not be allowed to
sleep peacefully and would be brought to justice.
On the security front the Prime Minister highlighted decisive actions
taken both by the government and by the armed forces. The overall
security scenario has considerably improved in the country since 2014.
In his I-Day speech he also mentioned the One Rank One Pension scheme
which was kept in a cold storage for decades. It was Prime Minister Modi
who fulfilled the commitment of OROP and gave our ex servicemen their
Our armed forces have made innumerable sacrifices and gone the extra
mile to protect our nation from its enemies. The best example of our
forces taking extra ordinary measures to protect the country was when
the Indian Army crossed the LoC conducting surgical strikes and
successfully destroying terrorist launch pads close to border. Realising
the need to showcase the valiant acts of our armed forces, I am happy
that the PM announced the launch of a unique website to document and
preserve the heroic acts of men and women in Indian armed forces who
have been awarded gallantry awards.
The empowerment of India's farmers is also an area of primary concern to
this government. In his speech, issues of empowerment through the Beej
Se Bazaar Tak approach of handholding – increased irrigation potential,
crores of soil health cards, almost double the coverage of farmers under
insurance than earlier, better access to markets, hitherto unseen level
of government procurement of pulses, FDI in food processing to ensure
better storage and supply chains – were all covered as part of the Modi
Government’s lofty goal of doubling farm incomes by 2022.
Another notable focus in this theme was the focus on the under-developed
Eastern part of the nation that despite its richness and industrious
people has been kept backward. The Prime Minister mentioned empowering
this region to perform to its full potential as a priority.
The Prime Minister called for an India where democracy does not end at
the voting booth but just begins from there to form the bedrock of a
participative democracy. His focus on people's participation in issues
of governance is commendable. In LokTantra he said, Lok should drive the
Tantra rather than governments devising Tantra for the Lok.
Popular support for demonetisation, a smooth GST rollout, the citizen
ownership of Swachh Bharat and people voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy
to help the poor get gas connections were all examples of Team India’s
Jan Bhagidari spirit, said the Prime Minister. In many of cases,
including the Give It Up campaign to give LPG subsidy to help the poor
get LPG connections, citizen participation was encouraging and
remarkable. A new culture has set in – that of the people and the
government coming together to act for a cause which was unheard of in
the previous era of ‘trust deficit’.
This Jan Bhagidari is also the single most overarching theme emanating
out of the Prime Minister’s speech on the 71st Independence Day. He
called upon people to dedicate even the smallest things they do to the
spirit of nation-building. Taking a cue from the great epics of Ramayana
and Mahabharata he recalled how common cowherds stood with Shri Krishna
to lift the Govardhan hill, and even a squirrel wanted to help Shri Rama
build the bridge across the sea.
ThePrime Minister also elaborated upon his vision of a New India – an
India free of corruption, poverty, terrorism, casteism and communalism.
Connecting it to the power of people’s participation, he said that this
New India was possible only if 125 crore people made a ‘SamoohikSankalp’
to attain the Siddhi in 2022. He likened the years between 2017 and 2022
to the 5 years between 1942 and 1947, the gap between Quit India and a
Free India, and asked people to recreate that nation-building fervour.
Taking inspiration from our shastras, Prime Minister Modi stressed that
the time is right to build a New India and we should not miss this
opportunity. The journey from 'Today's India' to 'New India' has already
begun. The momentum has been built in the three years of this
government. Now it has to be transformed into a mass movement and the
Prime Minister exhorted the people of India to join this 'New India'
movement stating that this could be a historic turning point in India's
independent history and in its quest for reclaiming the position of 'Jagadguru'
in the comity of nations.
He stated the vision for future when he said we have got the ‘Swaraj” 70
years back now we have to transform it to ‘Suraaj’ or the righteous
government. How will this goal will be attained? By ‘Bharat Jodo’ means
all Indians firmly boding together. This has to be our path ahead in
He emphasised on internalizing the empowering attitude of “BadalSakta
Hai” rather than the passive “Chalta Hai” attitude which is prevalent.
Do not ask why but ask why not, he said. बदलाहै, बदलरहाहै, बदलसकताहै...
हमइसविश्वासऔरसंकल्पकेसाथआगेबढ़ें (We have to go ahead with the belief
and resolve that our country has changed for better, is changing and can