Shri Narendra Modi leads Independence Day celebrations in Gujarat, hoists


theTricolour and addresses the people.


 Shri Modi speaks on the need to move towards Surajya, comes down heavily on


the Prime Minister for failures of UPA.


Wonderful to unfurl Tricolour from the land of the Gir Lions: Shri Modi


We believe in P2G2- Pro People, Proactive Good Governance: Shri Modi 


Gujarat has made a shift toward Surajya in the last decade: Shri Modi 


Saw the PM speech not as a CM but as a common man and felt


very disappointed:Shri Modi 


PM expressed remorse for the Assam violence but why silent on


Mumbai? Asks Shri Modi 


Comprehensive ban on Gutka in Gujarat from September 11th


On the morning of 15th August 2012, Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi led the state level Independence Day celebrations. He hoisted the Tricolour at the Police Parade Ground in Junagadh and addressed the people. In his speech, Shri Modi spoke on the need to move toward Surajya, shared invaluable insights on Gujarat’s development and came down heavily on the Prime Minister for the failures of the UPA Government.

The Chief Minister said he is glad to unfurl the Tricolour from the land of the Gir Lions and paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and all other freedom fighters who gave their lives to free the country from the clutches of imperialism. Shri Modi stated that on 15th August 1947 we got Swarajya but not Surajya and that is what we have to move towards and fulfill the dreams of our great founding fathers. 

Shri Modi affirmed that in the last decade Gujarat has been making an effort to move towards Surajya. Due to political stability, good governance has become possible in Gujarat, due to which it has made a niche for itself. The Chief Minister said that Gujarat has won awards from the UN for improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness as well. He added that Gujarat is following P2G2 or ‘pro-people, proactive good governance’ moving beyond a ‘fire brigade Government’ that selectively active.


Hon'ble CM's speech on Independence Day, 15-08-2012 at Junagadh in Gujarati


In his speech, the Chief Minister opined that the fruits of ‘Panch Shakti’ have contributed immensely for Gujarat. He stressed on the strides made by Gujarat in education especially making more medical, engineering Colleges. He reminded that Gujarat has given great focus to the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). It is due to these efforts that Gujarat has achieved 100% school enrollment and a drop out rate of merely 2%. Shri Modi expressed joy in the fact that more girls were completing their education now.

On the development of all regions in Gujarat, Shri Modi said everybody is aware of the situation of Kutch and Saurashtra till a decade ago- there was no growth and youngsters had to go to cities, live in slums to find jobs. Today, the same Kutch and Saurashtra are vibrant centres of development, he pointed.


The entire video of the celebrations held on Independence Day, 15-08-2012 at Junagadh.

Shri Modi spoke on the development of Gujarat’s coasts in the last decade. He stated that earlier, if RDX and AK-47s had to enter India it would be from Gujarat’s coast but today that is far from the case. Dahej and Dholera are path breaking towns coming up on coasts and Gujarat has also set up its own mechanism of marine security. Gujarat’s coastal regions are not the gateway to the progress and development of India.

Expressing severest dissatisfaction on the speech of the Prime Minister, Shri Modi said he saw the speech not as a CM but as a common man and found only disappointment in it. The Chief Minister expressed shock that the PM can say “prices may rise” or cite coalition compulsions.

He asked the Prime Minister what happened to his promises of cheap interest rates for the middle class people to build houses or the cheap education loans? He said if the Prime Minister makes promises but does not keep them how does he expect the people of India to believe him and his Government? He wondered why there was no plan to tackle malnutrition. Shri Modi declared that at a time when 19 states and 60 crore Indians were living in darkness, there was not a single power cut in Gujarat.

Shri Modi said that despite his bringing the matter to the notice of the Prime Minister for atleast 4 years including at the National Development Council, it was only now that the PM woke up to the need of strengthening our youth with skill development and wondered whether even this claim of the PM can be believed? He further added that it is a matter of great pride that Gujarat has topped the list of employment generation in India and has the lowest unemployment figures as per Government of India statistics.

He also affirmed that while the Centre has no plan to fight drought, Gujarat has undertaken the task of changing the manual being followed from Colonial times and developed a new strategy to provide water, food and fodder to drought hit areas.

The Chief Minister expressed concern on the state of our national security. He asked the Prime Minister why did he express remorse only on the clashes in Assam but has remained silent on the unfortunate episode in Mumbai? Shri Modi further stated that illegal migrants from Bangladesh are a matter of great concern.

Shri Modi assured the people of Gujarat that the Government in Delhi may or may not take any steps for them but he as their Chief Minister will do everything for the welfare of the people of Gujarat. He questioned the PM as to what has been preventing him from giving direction in a time when monsoon has played truant. Shri Modi announced a rise in pension for freedom fighters to Rs. 6000 from the earlier Rs. 5000.

Sharing other invaluable insights, Shri Modi affirmed that Gujarat is moving to a 0 slum direction for Municipal Corporations where everybody has a ‘pukka house’ to live in. Furthermore, he announced Housing Plots for all BPL families in List 0-16 and 4 lakh houses for BPL families in list 17-20. Furthermore, 20,000 houses would be constructed for the middle classes. He spoke on the Government’s move to make 66 hostels in 36 towns that can house a total of over 26,000 students especially helping SC/ST communities.

The Chief Minister announced a comprehensive ban on Gutka from September 11th this year and added that Gutka eating among youth is not something that must be encouraged.


He ended his speech on an optimistic note, assuring the people that challenges will keep coming but the strength lies in overcoming them. He further assured that the coming days will be bright ones with Sadbhavana and development for the people of Gujarat.


At the occasion, Shri Modi felicitated freedom fighters Shri Kanak Upadhyay, Shri Labhshankar Dave, Shri Chhelabhai Pathak, Shri Nathuji Rathod, Shri Manu Joshi, Shri Pratap Pathak and Shri Chandu Dave.


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May 08, 2021

At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.