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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurling the Tricolour flag at the ramparts of Red Fort, on the occasion of 71st Independence Day, in Delhi

India celebrates its 71st Independence Day with a customary beginning as Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the national flag at the Red Fort to mark India’s Independence Day….reports Asian Lite News

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurling the Tricolour flag at the ramparts of Red Fort, on the occasion of 71st Independence Day, in Delhi

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.

Narendra Modi  recalled the great women and men who worked hard for India’s freedom. He said the people of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected due to natural disasters, and the tragedy in Gorakhpur.

Modi noted that the current year is special, because it marks the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement; the 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha; and the 125th anniversary of the celebration of ‘Saarvjanik Ganesh Utsav’ – inspired by Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

The Prime Minister said that the nation had shown its collective strength between 1942 and 1947, culminating in India’s independence. He said that we must show the same collective determination and resolve to create a New India by 2022. He emphasized that everyone is equal in our nation, and together we can bring about a qualitative transformation.

The Prime Minister called for an end to the “chalta hai” attitude of complacency, and its replacement with an attitude of “badal sakta hai” for positive change.