"Hum tod rahe hain zanjeerein, hum badal rahe hain tasveerein; ye navyug hai nav Bharat hai, khud likhengein apni taqdeerein (We are breaking chains, we are changing pictures; this is a new era, new India, we will write our own destiny)", he said in his Independence Day speech. "India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage and we are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us". His government's electrification and cooking gas schemes, however, may not have changed the situation on the ground as much the prime minister says.
"Whether it is a Dalit or be it someone who has been persecuted or exploited or be it a deprived person or women, our Parliament has made social justice stronger with all the sensitivity and alertness to protect their interests", PM Modi said.
"A child of mother India - whether son or daughter, it can be anyone - they will go into space", Modi said. We should spread this news and make people aware.
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But after leaving her role in December previous year and publishing her damning memoir, the relationship has gone seriously downhill.
Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, Modi repeated the lines from his last year's 15 August speech that the Kashmir problem can be resolved only by embracing its people, not with bullets or abuses. I am eager to provide quality of life and ease of living to country men. "Delhi's streets are free of power brokers", Modi said while highlighting the damage that corruption has done to the country and steps taken by his government. The OROP (one rank, one pension) demand was pending for decades.
His speech had special focus on the North East, a region where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's political footprint has expanded in the last four years. "We are not partisan", he said. He said while the country was earlier counted among the fragile five economies of the world "today India is considered a multi-trillion dollar destination for investment".
The ISRO will be working with the Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Bengaluru for training the crew and the Indian Air Force, which will select the crew, as well as with the private sector, which will be involved in research and development, Sivan said. He particularly raised the issue of instant triple talaq and said that the practice caused great injustice among Muslim women. "The country will neither stop nor get exhausted", the PM said, as he concluded his speech, ending with a short poem, much like his NDA predecessor Vajpayee.