PM Narendra Modi speaking at the Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15, pitched for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, saying it is need of the hour and that India will realize this dream.

Addressing from the Red Fort ramparts in Delhi, after unfurling the tricolour on India’s 74th Independence Day, Modi said: “I am confident that India will realise this dream (of Aatmanirbhar Bharat). I am confident of the abilities, confidence and potential of my fellow Indians. Once we decide to do something, we do not rest until we achieve that goal.”

Calling for making India produce goods and services for the world, he said: “Today, many big companies are turning towards India. We have to move forward with the mantra of ‘Make for world’ along with Make in India.”

He added that history was witness that once India resolved, India does.

He also took a swipe at forces of expansionism in his Independence Day speech, warning that “India became a challenge to forces of expansionism with its freedom struggle” and hoped that the nation would be bestowed with all the blessings of peace and stability.

Modi was delivering his seventh straight Independence Day speech from Red Fort amid COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 4,000 people, including members of the Union cabinet, diplomatic corps and distinguished citizens were seated at Red Fort while maintaining social distancing.

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