When it came to the big moment, Narendra Modi's first Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort he subtly shifted gears and promised a new connect between the government and citizens. Here's the top eight noteworthy points from Modi's debut Independence Day speech:
All Prime Ministers, central and state governments have contributed to country’s progress... We want to rule by consensus, not majority.
The poison of casteism, communalism, sectarianism hinders progress. Let there be a 10-year moratorium on strife in society, let there be no violence or bloodletting.
Want to link India’s poor to banks through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana... Whoever opens an account, gets a debit card and Rs 1 lakh insurance.
SONS & DAUGHTERS
A rapist is also someone’s son. Parents ask daughters questions when they go out, do they ever ask their sons?
SKILLS & MANUFACTURING
I want to invite the whole world, “Come, Make in India” ... Youth must be job creators, skill development is our mission.
Swachh Bharat campaign from Oct 2; in 2019, when we celebrate the Mahatma’s 150th birthday, let there be no village or city in India that is filthy... When we stand here next Aug 15, let there be no school without separate toilets for girls and boys.
Under a new Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, let every MP develop a village in his or her constituency into a model village by 2016.
END OF PLANNING
We will very soon set up a new institution in place of the Planning Commission to cater to the requirements of the new economic environment.