The day is usually celebrated with cultural programmes, flag-hoisting ceremonies, and other competitions. But this year, because of the pandemic, many restrictions have been put in place. It is, therefore, advised that you revel in patriotism from the safety of your house, maintain all safety guidelines. But do not forget to wish your dear ones on the special occasion.Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi, to mark India’s 74th Independence Day. PM Modi’s speech focussed on ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and challenges India is facing amid the pandemic. He announced the National Digital Health Mission, under which every Indian will be given a digital health ID. The prime minister also spoke about boosting India’s infrastructure and connectivity. The ceremony at the Red Fort and other celebrations across the country are taking place with strict physical distancing norms. In many places, ‘corona warriors’ such as doctors and healthcare professionals have been invited for many ‘I-Day’ events
PM Modi launched a National Digital Health Mission and said it will usher in a revolution in India’s health sector. He said every Indian will now get a unique health ID. He also said the country must not only ‘Make in India’ but also ‘Make for the World’.
PM Modi’s seventh straight Independence Day address comes days after he performed the ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram temple in Ayodhya and amid a standoff at the border with Chinese troops.
In a strong message to Pakistan and China, without taking names of the either country, PM Modi said, “Those who challenge India’s sovereignty, be it LoC or LAC, have been given a befitting reply in their own language. What India can do, the world has seen it in Ladakh.” Talking about Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said India is committed to holding assembly elections in the Valley once delimitation exercise is complete.
On Ram temple, he said, “Construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya started 10 days ago. The Ramjanmbhoomi issue that persisted for centuries, has been resolved peacefully now. The conduct of people of the country has been exemplary and is an inspiration for the future.”
The Independence Day ceremony at the Red Fort was attended by over 4,000 people, including diplomats, officials and media personnel. Safety protocols were in place for the event, including social distancing and wearing masks.