Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Feature: India celebrates 71st Independence Day with fervor

Feature: India celebrates 71st Independence Day with fervor

National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah said on 15 August that although Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark on "embracing Kashmiris" in his Independence Day address was well received, everyone is getting "weary of yet more talk and no concrete action" on the matter.

- Speaking on terrorism aspect Modi said that there will be stern action over it.

The Congress on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for comparing the tragic deaths of almost 70 children in Gorakhpur last week to casualties recorded in natural calamities.

New tax filings have more than doubled to 5.6 million between April 1 and August 5, from 2.2 million a year earlier, Modi said. "Casteism and communalism will not help us", he added.

The prime minister also reached out to the youths in violence-hit Indian-controlled Kashmir, urging them to join the mainstream. "We have to take everyone and every section of the society along to take the country forward", he said before a teeming crowd at the fort and a huge television audience. "Those who have looted the nation and looted the poor are not able to sleep peacefully today", PM Modi said. Taking a swipe on those who cast their apprehension over its impact or to allay the fears that it hit the economy adversely, he said: "They said Modi gaya after demonetisation but it broke the back of corruption in country". Black money worth Rs 2 lakh crore was recovered post demonetization. Children died at a hospital, the entire nation is with them.

Singh said the prime ministers message demonstrates the resolve of the nation. He warned that government is relentlessly tracking the black money trail post the demonetisation drive that began in November past year.

On new Goods and Services Tax, he said this was brought and implemented in a short span of time, stunning the world.

Besides, 5,000 specially-abled students from these schools had also come to attend the parade.Amid loud cheers, Modi broke the security cover and got out of his vehicle to meet the schoolchildren, many of whom were also dressed as Lord Krishna for the occasion of Janmashtami. "There was a feeling that the Centre was the big brother and states the younger brothers. We have focussed on cooperative federalism and now competitive cooperative federalism", said Modi. Many young had taken advantage of loans announced as part of the government's Mudra (micro-loans) scheme and turned entrepreneurs, he said.

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