Happy Independence Day: Towards A Greater India Free of Rape, Violence & Discrimination

  • 15 Aug 2018

About 72 years ago, this day marked the end of the 200-year old British regime in India. The day left scars beyond repair as India was split into two. Since then, the nation has progressed far and achieved great heights in many areas, but this day is still celebrated to remember those who made freedom of India possible—its freedom fighters. 

However, in recent years, India has been highlighted in the international news for all the wrong reasons making us wonder if the independence achieved was real or a mere transition from an imperialistic rule to an autocratic government. 

Addressing some of the core issues, PM Narendra Modi now declares India as the land of reform, perform and transform! Find the highlights from his Independence Day 2018 speech:

1. Economic Growth

"From being seen as among the fragile five, India is now the land of reform, perform and transform. We are poised for record economic growth." 

2. Women Empowerment

"The practice of Triple Talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women. We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end." 

"Women officers commissioned in short service will get opportunity for permanent commission like their male counterparts." 

"I am proud of the fact that three women judges in Supreme Court are delivering justice. Since independence, this is the first cabinet where so many women are a part of the cabinet." 

3. Farming Sector

"With a 'Beej Se Bazar Tak' approach, we are bringing exceptional reforms in the agriculture sector. Our aim is to double farmer incomes by 2022."

4.  Rape & Abuse Against Women

"We have to free our society and country from this disgusting mentality of rape. Recently in Madhya Pradesh a rapist was hanged by fast-track court. We should spread this news and make people aware."

5. "Kashmir problem can't be resolved with bullets or abuses!"

"For J-K was Atal Ji's call-humanity, Kashmiriyat, lease. I have also said that every problem of Jammu and Kashmir can be embraced by the solution. Our Government is committed to the development of all sectors of Jammu and Kashmir and all sections."

Here's how the Indian celebrities wished their beloved country 'Happy Independence!':

Source: The Times of India, The Economic Times & Twitter
Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

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