Modi hails ‘path-breaking’ Kashmir move on Independence Day

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New Delhi - Modi talks about Article 370, water conservation and awareness on population explosion in the country.


Published: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 6:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 2:49 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed on Thursday his “path-breaking” move to strip the restive region of Kashmir of its autonomy, in a tub-thumping speech marking Indian Independence Day.
Modi, in a speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, said on Thursday that the decision was one of several “path-breaking” moves by his newly re-elected administration.
He said “fresh thinking” was needed after seven decades of failure to ensure harmony in the region.
“We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them. In less than 70 days of the new government, Article 370 has become history. And in both houses of parliament, two-thirds of the members supported this step,” said Modi.
“Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh will become a big inspiration for India’s growth journey, comfort, progress and peace,” he said. Ladakh is the newly carved-out union territory.
“The old arrangement in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh encouraged corruption and nepotism, as well as injustice when it came to rights of women, children, (low-caste) Dalits, tribal communities,” he said.
“Their dreams get new wings,” he said.
During his speech, Modi also touched several important issues like creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post, Rs100 lakh crore on developing infrastructure, population explosion, eliminate use of plastic bags, promote digital payments, water conservation, one nation, one election and many others.
Modi’s 90-minute speech ended with the prime minister leading chants of “Jai Hind” (“Long live India”) with schoolchildren dressed in the saffron, white and green of the Indian flag, before a rendition of the national anthem.
Here are the important issues that Modi said during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort:

Modi announces Rs 100 lakh crore for modern infrastructure

PM announces CDS post, fulfils defence's long-pending proposal

Modi urges people to refrain from using plastic bags

Take pledge to holiday in at least 15 travel destination in India, Modi's initiative to boost tourism

Modi talks about new policy on population control

In less than 70 days of our new government, Article 370 was revoked: PM Modi

"Every effort towards removing corruption and black money is welcomed," says Modi

Modi questioned that if they could take strong steps to abolish evils like Sati or child marriage, then why not triple talaq.

Modi remembers victims of massive floods across India

Modi uses Independence Day speech to give 10-week report card of govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurls the tricolour at Red Fort.

Narendra Modi inspects the 'Guard of Honour' at the Red Fort.

Modi paid his tributes at the Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

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