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“Mum on Kashmir, High on Pakistan,” Prime Minister on Independence Day

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Addressing the nation from Red Fort to commemorate the 70th year of Independence, Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi hoisted the flag at the Red Fort post among a crowd of people comprising school students, dignitaries and professors on August 15.

Source: PIB
Source: PIB

While listing out his government’s achievements in two years, he also minced no words and launched a scathing attack on Pakistan showing his rerouting of foreign policy with Pakistan. He said, “The way people of Balochistan, Gilgit and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir have thanked me, they have thanked the whole population of my country. I want to offer my gratitude to these people.”

The PM’s comments about Pakistan were placed at the end of the speech and he also referred to the Peshawar massacre where 130 children were killed by saying, “In Peshawar, when innocent children were killed in a terrorist attack, India’s parliament was crying. The whole nation was shedding tears for those kids.”

Though there was no direct mention of Kashmir and the unrest that has gripped the valley for more than a month, post the encounter of Burhan Wani, he addressed the larger ambit of “terrorism” and also attacked a lot of other issues by saying, “Violence does not have any place in our country. In the name of Maoism at the forest areas and in the name of terrorism at the borders, violence is being carried out.”

Though he received flak for not mentioning Kashmir in his address a lot of people who are questioning his “silence” on the entire issue. Even the Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur expressed his disappointment at the judges appointments not being discussed.


Targeting the recent caste based crimes happening in the country he said, “A nation which is divided because of reasons like caste and religion cannot achieve great things, Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar and saints like Ramanajunacharya have stressed on need for social unity and we all will have to rise above the evils in our society. Only then we can make a robust and successful India.”

Targeting farmers and listing achievement of his government he said that his government has not allowed the rate of price rise to cross 6 per cent as opposed to the double digit inflation during previous government. “It is true that during the time of previous government, inflation rate had crossed 10 per cent. Our continuous efforts have ensured that inflation rate does not rise above 6 per cent,” he said and added, “I will continue to make efforts to ensure that the food plate of poor is not affected (by inflation).”

The Prime Minister sought support from all sections of society for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ initiative which focuses on the girl child. “I still need social support for ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’,” the Prime Minsiter said.

On Sunday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the security situation in the country, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir as top brass of the security establishment briefed him about attempt by terrorists and other elements to disturb peace. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir was also reviewed as there were intelligence inputs earlier that militants might try to attack security forces in the run up to the Independence Day in Jammu and Kashmir, reported PTI


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