Modi pledges to make India a developed country in 25 years on partition anniversary | India

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to turn India into a developed country within the next 25 years.

Wearing a flowing cream-colored turban with stripes of orange, white and green, the colors of the Indian flag, Modi addressed the country from New Delhi’s 17th-century Mughal-era Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from the to mark British rule.

Modi said India’s worldview was changing and it looked to the country to help solve global problems.

After a 21-gun salute reportedly performed from howitzers made domestically for the first time under Modi’s “Make In India” industrial strategy, the prime minister said Indians should let go of “colonialism in our minds and customs.”

“Hundreds of years of colonialism have limited our feelings, distorted our thoughts. If we see even the smallest thing with colonialism in us or around us, we have to get rid of it,” Modi said in a 90-minute speech from the ramparts of the fort in the Indian capital, which was decorated with portraits of freedom fighters and guarded by mechanical elephants.

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Modi also said India must crush the “termite” of corruption and nepotism, follow an “India First” mantra and ensure that “in speech and conduct do nothing that degrades a woman’s dignity”.

“Self-reliant India is the responsibility of every citizen, every government, every unit of society,” he said.

President Joe Biden said in a statement on the occasion of the Indian Independence Day that the US and India were indispensable partners and that their partnership was based on a shared commitment to the rule of law and the promotion of human freedom and dignity.

Biden said he was confident that “the two countries will stand together to defend the rules-based order; promote greater peace, prosperity and security for our people; advance on a free and open Indo-Pacific; and tackle together the challenges we face worldwide”.

Modi said India would be guided by the ideals of self-reliance and the spirit of international partnership to achieve excellence in science and technology, establish industries and achieve food and energy security. He said billions of dollars in investment poured into the country, turning it into a manufacturing center.

India’s efforts have already put the country of 1.4 billion people in the ranks of leading countries in information technology, pharmaceuticals, space science and civilian nuclear energy.

Modi said millions across the country celebrated the 75th anniversary of independence by hoisting orange, white and green national flags at their homes and businesses for three days as part of a government campaign “to awaken the spirit of patriotism in every heart.” “.

Narendra Modi (center) greets participants after addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Modi said the journey of the past 75 years had seen ups and downs, with India fighting against all odds with resilience and perseverance. He asked people to remove any trace of a colonial mentality.

The main opposition Congress party accused the Modi government of excluding opposition parties from the celebrations.

“There were special functions in the historic central hall of the parliament to mark the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversary of India’s independence,” said Jairam Ramesh, the party’s spokesman for the India National Congress. “Unfortunately, nothing like this has been organized for the 75th anniversary, which has been reduced to an occasion to glorify the Sarvagyaani,” with a term meaning “a person who knows everything” in reference to Modi.

In his speech, Modi did not refer to India’s tense relations with its immediate neighbors Pakistan and China, nor to steps to improve relations.

He called for unity among Indians but failed to respond to experts and critics who say the country is gradually moving away from some democratic commitments and argue that the decline has accelerated since Modi came to power in 2014. They accuse his populist government of using unfettered political power to undermine democratic freedoms and engage in the pursuit of a Hindu nationalist agenda.

Modi promised to fight corruption and nepotism in the country’s politics, which he said acted as termites eating away at the gains of development.

AP and AFP contributed to this report

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