Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people to make communalism, casteism and poverty ‘Quit India’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invoked the Quit India Movement and exhorted the countrymen to use the same spirit to expel problems of communalism, casteism, corruption, terrorism, poverty and dirt from the country in next five years.
He asked the people to take a pledge to contribute in some way or the other to create a “New India”.
In his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Prime Minister Modi referred to the Quit India Movement launched on August 9, 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi and the subsequent developments which resulted in the British leaving India and the country getting freedom on August 15, 1947.
“Just like five years between 1942 and 1947 became the decisive period, I can see another five-year period from 2017 to 2022 to make a resolve to end the problems of our nation,” he said.
He identified these problems as communalism, casteism, corruption, terrorism, poverty and dirt and asked people to work for their removal in the same spirit of “Quit India”.
“It is 70 years since we got Independence. Governments came and went, systems emerged and developed. Everyone contributed in their own ways to end the problems, raise employment, remove poverty and make the country progress. Successes were achieved but the expectations were also raised,” the prime minister said.
He said this Independence Day should be celebrated as one of the resolves to end the problems in next five years.
“If 125 crore people, remembering August 9, 1942, make a pledge on August 15 to contribute something as an individual, as a citizen, as a family person, as a person from a city or a village, as a member of a government department, there will be crores of pledges,” PM Modi said.
He exhorted the citizens to use all kinds of fora to undertake this task, including through the online mode.
The prime minister also sought ideas from the public which could be incorporated in his Independence Day speech that he will deliver from the ramparts of the Red Fort.
Interestingly, he said he has heard about “complaints” that his previous Independence Day addresses were long and that he will try to keep it short this time. “I will try to finish it in 40-45-50 minutes. I have tried to make a rule for myself. I don’t know whether I will be able to do it or not,” he added.
He also referred to the upcoming season of festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali and urged the people to use the items made by the poor people of the country as it relates to their economic empowerment. “Our festivals are not only for celebrations. Our festivals are also an instrument of societal improvement. Also, it has a direct relation to the economic condition of the poor people,” PM Modi said.
“This is the time when the poor people get an opportunity to make an earning,” he said.
Giving the example of Diwali, he said the people should use environment-friendly ‘diyas’ (small oil lamps) only. Such things, he said, will give work to the poor people and help in their empowerment.
“We must make 2017 our Year of Resolve. In this month of August, we have to come together and resolve: Filth - Quit India; Poverty - Quit India; Corruption - Quit India; Terrorism - Quit India; Casteism - Quit India; Communalism - Quit India,” Modi said in his Hindi speech.
The Prime Minister also said that with Independence Day coming up in August, a quiz related to Quit India Movement will be launched on the Narendra Modi app. Exhorting the youth country to participate in the quiz he said, “Transform this campaign into peoples’ movement. A Quit India Quiz is also being launched for my young friends on Narendra Modi App”. PM Modi asked the youth to take to the app and access Quit India Quiz after it is launched.
PM said that this is an attempt to link and make the youth aware of the great history of the country as well as the iconic freedom fighters who made freedom possible for us. Narendra Modi added that on August 15, he will get the opportunity to address the nation from the Red Fort and that whatever he says is not the voice of an individual, but that of 1.25 billion people of the country.
Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the prime minister said that the nation remembers the Father of the Nation for his leadership during Quit India movement and also leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan who took part in India’s struggle for Independence.
In his address, the prime minister added that the government was monitoring the rescue operations in the country and that the army, NGOs and other organisations are working hard to rescue affected people. He also spoke about the GST, which was launched by the country on July 1, had said that the people of the nation are happy with new tax reforms. “GST has transformed the economy. Successful roll-out of GST is a case study. It is also an example of cooperative federalism”, he was quoted as saying by ANI and added that the tax reform is the role model for rest of the world.
“My dear countrymen, the month of August is the month of revolution. There are many events in the month of August that are closely associated with the history of our freedom movement. Heroes of freedom struggle endured hardship, made great sacrifices and laid down their lives,” Modi said.
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