In his maiden speech on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi exhorted Indians to work for 12 hours so he could excel it by working for 13 hours. In a show of humility, he declared that he is not there as PM but as prime servant. “I am here amidst you not as a Prime Minister but as the Prime Servant,” he said.
Recalling the sacrifice of all freedom fighters, he said, “I bow to all freedom fighters who sacrificed and dedicated their lives for country’s independence.” Pledging for the welfare of all those who are down trodden, poor, exploited and oppressed and to do something for them.
He reminded all Indians that every action should be tested on the yardstick of national interest. “If we resolve to live a life like that, the festival of Independence may become an inspiration to take India to new heights,” he stressed. Among those he mentioned in his thanksgiving part include not the rulers but farmers, workers, mothers and sisters, youth, sages and saints, teachers, scientists and social workers.
In a typical Indian touch to family system, he called upon all the parents to take responsibility of bringing up their kids responsibly. In a show of care for the poor, he said a child hailing from a small town and belonging to a poor family was one among those bowing before India’s tricolour from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
“It is the power of India’s democracy and priceless blessing given by the authors of the Indian constitution. I bow to them,” he said.To see the highlights of the speech, click HERE.