PM Modi promises to make India a developed country in 25 years

PM Modi promises to make India a developed country in 25 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — The prime minister vowed Monday to work hard to transform poverty-stricken India into a developed country in the next 25 years.

Wearing a flowing, cream-colored turban printed with tiny stripes of orange, white and green, Modi addressed the nation from New Delhi’s 17th-century Mughal-era Red Fort to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s independence from British rule.

He said the world’s view of India is changing and it is looking to the country to help solve global issues.

Modi said India will be guided by the ideals of self-reliance and the spirit of international partnership to achieve excellence in science and technology, set up industries and achieve food and energy security. He said billions of dollars of investments are flowing into the country turning it into a manufacturing hub.

India’s efforts have already launched the country of 1.4 billion people into the ranks of leading nations in information technology, pharmacy, space science and civil nuclear energy.

Modi said millions of people across the country are commemorating the 75th anniversary of independence by hoisting orange, white and green national flags at their homes and businesses for three days as part of a government campaign “to awaken the spirit of patriotism in every heart.” “

India’s Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, national monuments and other government offices are ablaze with multicolored lighting.

Modi said the journey of the last 75 years has seen ups and downs with India fighting against all odds with resilience and perseverance. He asked people to remove any trace of colonial mindset.

The main opposition Congress party accused the Modi government of leaving opposition parties out of celebrations.

“There were special functions in Parliament’s historic Central Hall to celebrate the 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of India’s independence,” said Jairam Ramesh, a spokesman for the Indian National Congress Party. “Unfortunately, nothing like that has been organized for the 75th anniversary, which has been reduced to an occasion to glorify the Sarvagyaani,” a term meaning “a person who knows everything” referring to Modi.

In his 80-minute speech, Modi made no reference to India’s strained ties with immediate neighbors Pakistan and China, nor any steps to improve relations.

He appealed for people’s unity to move forward, but did not respond to experts and critics who say the country has gradually deviated from certain commitments and argue the backsliding has accelerated since Modi came to power in 2014. They accuse his populist government of using unbridled political power to undermine democratic freedoms and pursuing a Hindu nationalist agenda.

Modi has vowed to fight corruption and nepotism in the country’s politics, which he says act like termites that eat away the gains of development.


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