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Every citizen's contribution needed to transform India: PM Modi

17 August 2017

"They talk a lot but lack in action", Abdullah added.

Asserting that every citizen can contribute towards the growth of the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said suggestion from every individual must be integrated to strengthen country's growth. He also made a commitment that the government would continue to fight the corruption.

Modi began the day with a traditional address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, challenging Indians to summon the same conviction they showed during the campaign to evict the British, to tackle the country's present challenges.

The context for Modi's speech was anything but positive this year, the latest being the deaths of nearly 70 children at a hospital in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.

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"Unless we give them facilities from seed to the market, we can not change their fate", Modi said in his speech here on the occasion of Independence Day.

Modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist, also made reference to religious violence in a year that has seen several high-profile assaults and murders by vigilantes claiming to defend cows, an animal revered by many Hindus. "The voice is of 125 crore Indians". The event called Champions of Change was organised by India's policy think-tank, was aimed at bringing together young businessmen at a place and share ideas.

We have to take the country ahead with the determination of creating a 'New India'. Small changes like this will lead to big changes. At the event, Modi addressed the gathering and said, "With changing times, we have to change our processes and systems".

This is a special year- the 75th anniversary of Quit India, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha, the 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav. We have to use technology for good and transparent governance.

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India's stature in the world is rising. But he said India was not alone in its battle against terror and had the active support of many countries who shared intelligence inputs. "In the last few days the way the people of Balochistan, Gilgit, from Pak occupied Kashmir have thanked me, it is the honour of 1.25 billion people of India".

He said: "I want to mention those women who have to suffer due to "Tripe Talaq"- I admire their courage". We are with them in their struggles.

On infrastructure he said, "We have laid emphasis on infrastructure. We hope India and United States can develop relations which are conducive to regional peace and development".

Summary: Today, ... I want to tell the countrymen proudly that we have unearthed black money worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore....

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In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena said, The Kashmir problem can be resolved by embracing all Kashmiris.

Every citizen's contribution needed to transform India: PM Modi