Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of 71st Independence Day today.
Dressed in off-white kurta and crimson turban, PM Modi first paid tributes to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat this morning before heading to the Red Fort where he unfurled the Tricolour.
This was PM Modi’s fourth Independence Day address. PM Modi, who reached the 17th century monument to give his customary Independence Day speech, was received by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra.
Later, he received a Guard of Honour from a contingent of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police. The Prime Minister then unfurled the national flag amid a 21 gun salute.
PM Modi had asked all Indians to share their ideas for his speech from the ramparts of Red Fort and received over 8,000 messages. In last year’s Independence Day speech, PM Modi had hailed India’s rich cultural heritage. His speech focused on ushering a digital and corruption-free India.
He had spoken on social issues, including cleanliness and the education of girls.