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Watch Live: PM Modi Addresses The Nation on The 71st Independence Day

India is celebrating its 71st Independence Day today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation from the Red Fort. The ceremonies in Red Fort are happening amid a tight security cover.

‘Cannot Accept Violence in The Name of Faith’: PM Modi

Modi also gave a message of peace, saying:

We cannot accept violence in the name of faith. Earlier the slogan was ‘Bharat chhodo’. Now, it is ‘Bharat Jodo’.

This comes in a context where a number of incidents of mob lynchings have taken place, and there has been outrage over the same.

Modi Brings Up Kashmir

Referring to ongoing unrest in Kashmir, PM Modi emphasised on the need to “embrace” all Kashmiris as a solution to all the problems.

Problems will be solved neither by abuses nor by guns. They will be solved when we embrace every Kashmiri… Only a handful of separatists are engaging in new kinds of tactics.

PM Modi

GST Has Shown The Spirit of Cooperative Federalism: Modi

Modi also talked about terrorism, the surgical strikes of last year as well as the Goods and Services Tax during his Independence Day address.

The country’s security remains our priority. Our forces have always proved their mettle… You will be happy to know that we are not alone in our fight against terrorism today. Many countries are supporting actively

Narendra Modi

“No softness would be shown when it comes to the fight against terrorism. We have told the terrorists time and again that they should come into the mainstream,” Modi further said.

Hailing the Goods and Services Tax, which was implemented from 1 July, he said:

GST has shown the spirit of cooperative federalism. The nation has come together to support GST, and the role of technology has also helped.

PM Modi Brings up Gorakhpur Tragedy During His Address

PM Modi commenced his address to the nation by expressing his respect for those who sacrificed their lives for India’s Independence struggle.

He also talked about the Gorakhpur tragedy, where as many as 65 children died, saying:

Few days back many of our innocent children died in a hospital. People of India stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected by natural disasters and the Gorakhpur tragedy

Modi Reaches Rajghat

PM Narendra Modi has reached Rajghat to offer prayers. He will then proceed to the Red Fort to unfurl the national flag and address the nation.

PM Modi Tweets Out I-Day Greeting

Home Minister Unfurls Tricolour

Home Minister Rajnath Singh unfurled the tricolour at his residence early on Tuesday morning.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 
Home Minister Rajnath Singh.  (Photo Courtesy: Twitter Screengrab / ANI)

Security Beefed Up in Preparation for I-Day

In preparation for the Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday, security was strengthened in New Delhi a day prior, with nearly 47,000 personnel deployed, according to a report by Firstpost.

A police official reportedly said that around 25,000 security personnel will be deployed in New Delhi and its surrounding areas. Around 9,000 security personnel will be deployed at the Red Fort and its surrounding region within a five-km radius.

First published: 15 August, 2017 7:21 AM IST