India will celebrate its 68th Independence Day on 15 August 2014 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisting the national flag before addressing the nation on the occasion.
PM will hoist the flag on 15 August at 6:25 AM IST (15 August 2am BST / 14 August 8:55pm EST). It will be telecast on Doordashan television in India and people from around the world can watch the ceremony and cultural programs live online.
India got independence from British rule on the midnight of 15 August, 1947, with its first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurling the Indian tricolor flag at the Red Fort of Delhi.
It is reported that Narendra Modi may address the nation not at Red Fort, which has been the venue of Independence Day addresses all these years. The PM is also expected to talk on the future plans of the government rather than predictable rhetoric statement heard in the past.
The PM addressed the nation on the eve of 68th Independence Day of India on 14 Aug 2014 sent out his greetings to Indians around the world.
“On the eve of 67th anniversary of our Independence, I extend warm greetings to you and to all Indians around the world. I convey my special greetings to members of our armed forces, paramilitary forces and internal security forces. I also congratulate all our sportspersons, who have participated and won laurels in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow,” he said in a statement.
In his address, he touched several topics, including the need for good governance, economic growth, education and elimination of poverty.
“The decisive challenge of our times is to end the curse of poverty. The focus of our policies now has to move from alleviation of poverty to elimination of poverty. The difference is not mere semantics: alleviation is a process; elimination is a time-defined objective. In last six decades, the poverty ratio has declined from over 60 per cent to less than 30 per cent,” he said, adding that “The poor cannot, and will not, wait for yet another generation to see the very essentials of life – food, shelter, education and employment – being denied to them. The benefits from economic development must percolate down to the poorest of the poor.”
The PM also called for tolerance and end to violence for progress. “Though an ancient civilization, India is a modern nation with modern dreams. Intolerance and violence is a betrayal of the letter and spirit of democracy. Those who believe in the poison drip of inflammatory provocation do not understand India`s values or even its present political impulses. Indians know that progress, economic or social, is difficult without peace.”
Read Complete Text of PM’s address on the eve of Independence Day HERE.
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