"Have To Shed Shackles Of Servitude, Be Proud": PM's 5 Pledges

"By the 100th year of Independence, we have to work with the vision of accomplishing what our freedom fighters dreamt of," PM Modi said.

PM Modi is addressing the nation for the ninth consecutive time on Independence Day.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation from the historic Red Fort as India celebrates 75 years of Independence, listed five pledges (panchpran) the citizens must take to fulfil freedom fighters' dreams for India by 2047.

Here are the 5 pledges listed by PM Modi:

  1. India must become a developed nation in 25 years. "I urge youth to dedicate next 25 years of their lives for nation's development; we will work towards development of entire humanity," PM Modi said.

  2. The PM appealed to the people to shed colonial prejudices and shcackles of servitude. We should not try to become like others, there should be no trace of slavery in our mindset, he said. "Sometimes our talent is restricted by language barriers, we need to be proud of every language in our country," he said. "We must not seek validation from the world. We must maintain our identity as a proud nation," he added.

  3. We should be proud of our heritage. "When we are connected to our roots, only then can we fly high; when we fly high, we will provide solutions to the entire world," the PM said.

  4. We should be united as a people to work towards the upliftment of the nation. Equality cornerstone of India's progress; we need to make sure we are united through mantra of "India first": PM Modi said. He also spoke of the need for equality between the people, specifically mentioning equality for women. "Respect for women is an important pillar for India's growth, we need to support our 'Nari Shakti'," he said.

  5. "The fifth pledge is the duty of citizens. It is the duty of people to save electricity, water. If we follow this, we can reach desired results ahead of time," he said, adding that these duties apply to all citizens of India including even the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers. "Any nation that has progressed, has discipline ingrained in its citizens; if all follow their responsibilities, India will grow fast," he said,

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