1. On the eve of 68th 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 various tournaments in India and abroad. My congratulations to Shri Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2014, who has done the country proud.
2. On 15th August 1947, we won political freedom. The birth of modern India was a moment of historic exhilaration; but it was also tinged with the blood of unimaginable suffering along the length and breadth of our country. The ideals and convictions, that had held through the travails of an epic struggle against British rule, were under strain.
3. A great generation of supreme heroes faced this formidable challenge. The sagacity and maturity of that generation saved our ideals from deviation or degeneration under the pressure of emotion, including rage. India’s pride, self-esteem and self-respect, born from a civilizational wisdom which inspired the renaissance that won us freedom, was distilled into the principles of our constitution by these extraordinary men and women. We have been blessed by a constitution that launched India’s march towards greatness.
4. The most precious gift of this document was democracy, which reshaped our ancient values into a modern context and institutionalized multiple freedoms. It turned liberty into a living opportunity for the oppressed and impoverished, offered equality and positive discrimination to the many millions, who had suffered social injustice, and instituted a gender revolution that has made our country an example of progress. We abolished archaic customs and laws, and ensured change for women through education and jobs. Our institutions are the infrastructure of this idealism.
5. The finest inheritance needs constant care for preservation. Our institutions of democracy are under stress. The Parliament has been converted into an arena of combat rather than debate. It is time to recall what Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution, said while making his closing speech in the Constituent Assembly in November 1949 and I quote:
“The working of a constitution does not depend wholly upon the nature of the constitution. The constitution can provide only the organs of state, such as the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. The factors on which the working of those organs of the state depends are the people and the political parties they will set up as their instruments to carry out their wishes and their politics. Who can say how the people of India and their parties will behave?” (unquote)
If the institutions of democracy are under pressure, it is time for serious thinking by the people and their parties. The correctives must come from within.
6. Our country's rise will be measured by the strength of our values, but it will equally be determined by economic growth and equitable distribution of the nation's resources. Our economy promises much hope for the future. The new chapters of the ‘India Story’ are waiting to be written. ‘Economic reforms’ is a work-in-progress. Our performance over the last decade has been commendable; and it is most heartening that after a dip, we have recovered to 7.3% growth in 2014-15. But the benefits of growth must reach the poorest of the poor much before they land in the bank accounts of the richest of the rich. We are an inclusive democracy, and an inclusive economy; there is place for everyone in the hierarchy of wealth. But the first call goes to those who suffer on the brink of deprivation. Our policies must be geared to meet the ‘Zero Hunger’ challenge in a foreseeable future.
7. The symbiotic relationship between man and nature has to be preserved. A generous nature when violated can turn into a destructive force leading to calamities resulting in huge loss of life and property. Even as I speak, large parts of the nation are barely recovering from floods. We need immediate relief for the afflicted as well as long-term solutions for the management of both, water deficiency and excess.
8. A nation which forgets the idealism of its past loses something vital from its future. Our educational institutions multiply as the aspirations of generations continue to exceed supply. But what has happened to quality, from base to apex? We recall the guru-shishya parampara with legitimate pride; why then have we abandoned the care, devotion and commitment that is at the heart of this relationship? A guru much like the soft and skilful hands of a potter, moulds the destiny of shishya. The student with devotion and humility acknowledges the debt of the teacher. Society respects and recognizes the merit and scholarship of the teacher. Is that happening in our education system today? Students, teachers and authorities must pause and introspect.
9. Our democracy is creative because it is plural, but diversity must be nourished with tolerance and patience. Vested interests chip away at social harmony, in an attempt to erode many centuries of secularism. In an age of instant communication through ever-improving technology, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the devious designs of a few never overcome the essential oneness of our people. For both government and people the rule of law is sacrosanct, but society is also protected by something greater than law: humanity. Mahatma Gandhi said and I quote: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty” (unquote).
10. Peace, friendship and cooperation bind nations and peoples together. Recognizing the shared destiny of the Indian sub-continent, we must strengthen connectivity, expand institutional capacity and enhance mutual trust to further regional cooperation. As we make progress in advancing our interests globally, India is also engaged in pro-actively promoting goodwill and prosperity in our immediate neighbourhood. It is heartening that the long pending land boundary issue with Bangladesh has been finally resolved.
11. While we offer our hand willingly in friendship, we cannot stay blind to deliberate acts of provocation and a deteriorating security environment. India is a target of vicious terrorist groups operating from across the borders. Except the language of violence and the cult of evil, these terrorists have no religion and adhere to no ideology. Our neighbours must ensure that their territory is not used by forces inimical to India. Our policy will remain one of zero tolerance for terrorism. We reject any attempt to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy. Infiltration into our territory and attempts to create mayhem will be dealt with a strong hand.
12. I pay homage to the martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives defending India. I salute the courage and heroism of our security forces who are maintaining an eternal vigil to safeguard the territorial integrity of our country and the safety of our people. I also specially commend the brave civilians who boldly detained a hardened terrorist ignoring the risk to their own lives.
13. India is a complex country of 1.3 billion people, 122 languages, 1600 dialects and 7 religions. Its strength lies in its unique capacity to blend apparent contradictions into positive affirmations. In the words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, it is a country held together and I quote: “by strong but invisible threads….. About her there is the elusive quality of a legend of long ago; some enchantment seems to have held her mind. She is a myth and an idea, a dream and a vision, and yet very real and present and pervasive” (unquote).
14. On the fertile ground laid by our Constitution, India has blossomed into a vibrant democracy. The roots are deep but the leaves are beginning to wilt. It is time for renewal.
15. If we do not act now, will our successors seven decades hence remember us with the respect and admiration we have for those who shaped the Indian dream in 1947? The answer may not be comfortable, but the question has to be asked.
On the second day of the Outreach Sessions of the G7 Summit, PM Modi took part in two sessions titled ‘Building Back Together—Open Societies and Economies’ and ‘Building Back Greener: Climate and Nature’
Kudos to all Leaders #G7Summit PM's valuable message of Global harmony and Unity in Global challenges of Health, Climate change and building up Economy is insightful. 1st step is important for long journey and World is on the right Path.— Rohini 🇮🇳 (@rohisush1307) June 13, 2021
The world against the coronavirus, making giant corporations pay their fair share of taxes and increasing access to technology and money. With the mix includes tackling climate change.— Anish Chaurasiya (@MrcuteAnish) June 13, 2021
The re-energized G-7 made ambitious declarations during their meetings about education.
Very happy to see our participation in the G7. Learning and sharing with countries will strengthen the global fight against the common challenges facing all of us and lead to a better life for all.— D Prasanth Nair (@DPrasanthNair) June 13, 2021
Congratulations for very influential and impressive address in G7 meet https://t.co/vHOT5BslkN— Adarsh Kumar Singh (@AdarshK11988913) June 14, 2021
Indeed, democratic spirit was always part of Indian ethos. One of the principal reasons for survival of the Indian civilisation is the theoretical foundation of this spirit, which could easily be traced back to our long history of sustainable pluralism and spiritual democracy.— Dr. Swapnil Mantri (@drswapnilmantri) June 13, 2021
🇮🇳 Very Inspiring address by #Hon #PM @narendramodi Ji on Climate Change & Open societies highlighting India’s achievements on Climate Action & the Only Nation to achieve Paris Agreement Commitment! We are a indeed Proud🙏 #MyPMMyPride— 🇮🇳 Sangitha Varier 🚩 (@VarierSangitha) June 14, 2021
Citizens along with PM Narendra Modi appreciates UP CM Yogi Adityanath for his initiative 'Elderline Project, meant to assist and care elderly people in health and legal matters
Much Appreciation to Shri Yogi Ji.— Venkatesapalani Thangavelu (@Ven070670) June 14, 2021
Our PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, always encourages worthier deeds , be it ODOP , be it Elderly Care - Appreciation to Shri Yogi Ji.
Mr. PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji, your national developmental vision gets aptly implemented at U.P state level
उत्तर प्रदेश के सेवक माननीय मुख्यमंत्री योगी जी ने सर्वप्रथम कार्य किया है।— शलभ गर्ग 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@ShalabhGarg19) June 13, 2021
जो बड़े लोग मुस्कुराना भूल गए थे योगी जी ने उनके चेहरे पर अपनी मुस्कुराहट दे दी। 🙏🏻🙏🏻#yogiadityanathji #बेमिसाल_योगीजी #योगी_का_सतत_विकास pic.twitter.com/QcMpym6rlt
Yogi's 'Elderline' Project Gets Overwhelming Response— totadri parthasarath (@totadri) June 14, 2021
Warm Greetings and heartfelt blessings to the UPGovt for this Signal and Noble Act of Good Governance.
Kindly Keep up these efforts. A small step it may be, it will define who you are.
Jai Baba Ki. pic.twitter.com/hammgFJZMC
In a first of its kind initiative, Yogi Government's Elderline project is providing emotional, healthcare and legal support to senior citizens— Shubham Shukla (@shubham_UP78) June 13, 2021
This will help the government to reach out to the most vulnerable section of the society and help them.
@myogiadityanath @tatatrusts https://t.co/TNHRK3UP7p
Yogi's 'Elderline' Project Gets Overwhelming Response - 1st state in the country to extend emotional care & support, health and legal assistance to the elderly through the call centres which remain functional from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m https://t.co/ozeigIp4Fs #Yogiroxx #YogiAdityanath— Shishir Bajpai 🇮🇳 (@sbajpai2806) June 13, 2021
India is heading in the right direction under the guidance of PM Narendra Modi
FPIs invest ₹13,424 cr in Indian markets in June so far https://t.co/gOlsVnDuSw— जय हिंद (@ramanuj2050) June 14, 2021
Kudos! A growing forex reserve demonstrates our capacity to pay up in the Foreign trade. Though, see if this jump is due to dwindling Imports, becz of weak demand in d domestic markets. Let d single most important indicator for a d health of economy be Per Capita GDP— Anand Prakash (@Aprakash111) June 13, 2021
Under leadership of PM @narendramodi Ji India is undertaking one of its most challenging railway projects ever by building a line to connect Kashmir with the Himalayan foothills. A big thank to @RailMinIndia#IndianRailways #IncredibleIndia pic.twitter.com/twzCGkLzli— Sumit Vohra (TTS) (@WeDeeptiSumit) June 14, 2021
Today I successfully completed my 2nd dose for #covaxine under #eighteenplus. Thank You @himantabiswa sir, @narendramodi @nhm_assam for making the process so smooth that after giving online till 11:30 and received the vaccine by 12:30 PM— Mrinmoy (@Mrinmoy94190603) June 14, 2021
Gratetful to You all#IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/CU44BdVof0
Done with both the doses, feeling super happy knowing that now I’m completely vaccinated against the #COVID19— शशि शेखर सिंह (@S_ShekharSingh) June 14, 2021
We can’t thank you enough for this Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji, you’ve done exceptional work.
Thank you to all the scientists and healthcare workers. pic.twitter.com/iGBKqYaoi3