Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the nation from the historic Red Fort as India celebrates 75 years of independence, mentioned five pledges (panchpran) citizens must take to fulfill the dreams of freedom fighters for India by 2047.
Here are PM Modi’s 5 pledges:
India should become a developed country in 25 years. “I urge the youth to devote the next 25 years of their lives to the development of the nation; we will work for the development of all humanity,” Prime Minister Modi said.
The prime minister appealed to the people to shake off colonial prejudice and slavery from servitude. We should not try to become like others, there should be no trace of slavery in our way of thinking, he said. “Sometimes our talent is limited by language barriers, we should be proud of every language in our country,” he said. “We must not seek confirmation from the world. We must maintain our identity as a proud nation,” he added.
We can be proud of our heritage. “If we are connected to our roots, only then can we fly high; if we fly high, we will provide solutions to the whole world,” said the prime minister.
We must be united as a people to work for the upliftment of the nation. Equality cornerstone of India’s progress; we must ensure that we are united through an ‘India first’ mantra, Prime Minister Modi said. He also spoke about the need for equality between people, specifically mentioning equality for women. “Respect for women is an important pillar for India’s growth, we must support our ‘Nari Shakti’,” he said.
“The fifth pledge is the duty of the citizens. It is the duty of people to save electricity and water. If we follow this, we can achieve the desired results in advance,” he said, adding that these duties apply to all citizens of India including even the Prime Minister and Prime Ministers. “Every country that has made progress has discipline ingrained in its citizens; if everyone takes their responsibility, India will grow quickly,” he said.