Independence Day Speech

The following article highlights some of the issues Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh talked about in his address to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day celebration.

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh mentioned Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at the outset of India's 64th Independence Day addressal to the people of India to emphasise that the spirit of service after so many years had not mitigated in India.

The Prime Minister then speaking about the present situation of the country gave condolences to the people of Ladakh who recently suffered a massive cloudburst causing damage to life and property. He assured that the Government deeply felt the grief of its citizens and were ever ready to work towards rehabilitation. He then talked about the economic depression that took the world by storm and how India had managed to counter the affects of recession and rise above most of the countries affected severely by it. He mentioned with pride that India commanded respect from the world now and gave its credit to the people of India. The Prime Minister gave a special mention to the armed forces protecting the country from the ever present danger in the borders.

Dr. Manmohan Singh then talked about building a new India which every citizen would be a part of. Citing examples of introduction of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and the Women's Bill on the verge of being passed he reiterated the seriousness of creating a new India. He also stressed on the need of unity and tolerance among the citizens of India.

The Prime Minister spoke quite a lot about agriculture and the need for another revolution in this area. A technology that would be able to counter global warming and the deteriorating standard of soil. He then threw light into the help farmers were getting through support prices which was in turn resulting in increase in the price of food grains in the open market.
The Prime Minister

There was an obscure appeal of not-guilty when it came to the issues of the rise of price in petroleum products. Dr. Manmohan Singh tried to justify the price rise with the increase in the price of crude oil in the international market.

The Prime Minister was honest to accept that even after 63 years of Independence, a large part of India still suffered from poverty and hunger. Moreover, he claimed that there was no need of introduction of new policies and schemes; what was required was to monitor the effective implementation of the programmes already initiated. He spoke about the various programmes and policies for the upliftment of the minorities in the India. The citizens of India were requested to keep their surroundings clean and share the responsibility of preserving its natural resources in the mad race towards economic development.

The Prime Minister, furthermore highlighted the sorry state of infrastructure in India and the desperate need for it to improve. Electricity, roads, ports and airports need considerable improvement to come up to the world standard.

He stressed upon the need to rise above political interests to resolve the issue of internal security and domestic insurgency. There was a sincere appeal to the Naxalites to put their guns down and come for a dialogue. However, he maintained that the people who resort to violence will not be spared. There was also a mention of the protection of the livelihood of the indigenous tribes of Jharkhand and other Naxal-affected areas. The people of North-East and Jammu and Kashmir were given assurances of support from the Government in every way provided they abjured violence and come forward to build a new India in a democratic environment.

There was a serious, stern and direct reference to Pakistan stating that there could be no talks with Pakistan unless and until they got rid of their territory which is being used as a training ground for terrorists against India.

Finally, the Prime Minister ended the speech with the assurance of a successful Commonwealth Games in India and sought the support from people to make it a huge success and treat the Games as a national festival.


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