Nehru, Patel, Ambedkar in PM Modi's Independence Day tribute list
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid rich tributes to those who helped shape the country
This was PM Modi's eighth consecutive I-Day address
Indian Olympic contingent, dilplomats and ministers were present
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday mentioned Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Babasaheb Ambedkar while paying rich tributes to those who helped shape the country. Addressing the nation on 75th Independence Day from Red Fort, his eighth consecutive address, the Prime Minister added that all citizens must resolve towards making India atmnirbhar (self-reliant) by the time India celebrates 100th Independence Day.
"Be it Nehru ji, the first Prime Minister of India, Sardar Patel, who turned the country into a united nation or Babasaheb Ambedkar, who showed India the way to the future, the country is remembering every such personality, the country is indebted to all of them," the Prime Minister said in one of the rare occasions when he has spoken about the country's first Prime Minister and Congress leader.
Dressed in white Kurta, pyjama, sky blue half-sleeved jacket and a saffron-magenta- white leheriya long-train turban, PM earlier unfurled the tricolour at the more than 350-year-old fort. In a first, the unfurling was followed by flower-shower by two helicopters. The presence of the Olympic contingent this time added to the excitement of those present.
On self-reliance, the PM said, "We have to ensure we meet our goal of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India's Independence."
The PM added, "In the coming years, we will have to increase the collective power of the small farmers of the country. We have to give them new facilities. They must become the country's pride: PM Modi at Red FortPeople can take pride that the world's largest Covid vaccination programme is going on in the country."
The I-Day event was held amid tight security A hawk-eyed vigil was being maintained across the national capital with a multi-layered security cover Red Fort.
Borders have also been sealed to ensure no untoward incident takes place in the national capital and strict action will be taken against anyone who tries to disrupt the law and order situation, police officials said.