PM Modi Ditches Teleprompter, Uses Paper Notes For Independence Day Speech
In his address to the country on this Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not use a teleprompter but rather paper notes. This was his seventh speech delivered from the Red Fort’s outside walls.
He started his statement by thanking his fellow countrymen on reaching 75 years of independence, which is being observed in the nation under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The teleprompter was set aside as he did so. Following that, Prime Minister Modi remembered the “architects of free India” who made a vital contribution to India’s freedom movement while donning a traditional tricolored pattern safa (headgear) with a long trail.
“During our freedom struggle, there was not one year when our freedom fighters did not face brutality and cruelty. Today is the day when, as we pay them our respects, we need to remember their vision and dream for India,” he said.
“Our country is grateful to Gandhiji, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Ramprasad Bismil, Rani Laxmibai, Subhas Chandra Bose, and all other freedom fighters who shook the foundations of the British empire. We salute not only those who fought for freedom but also the architects of free India such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia and Sardar Vallabhai Patel, amongst the many others,” PM Modi said.
The prime minister added that great intellectuals like Vivekanand, Aurobindo, and Rabindranath Tagore were born in India. He praised “our heroes, including Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, and Lal Bahadur Shastri, who battled for our independence and helped to shape our nation.”
The Prime Minister continued by stating that Adivasi freedom fighters like Alluri Sitarama Raju, Tirot Singh, and Birsa Munda were crucial in ensuring that the freedom movement persisted in every region of India.
The Prime Minister praised the many revolutionaries who helped topple British rule, including Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan, and Ram Prasad Bismil.
In each entry/exit point at the fort, a multi-layered security cover and facial recognition system cameras have been installed. Additionally, trained catchers were used by security officers to verify that no monkeys were present on the property throughout the day. On the morning of August 15, the police recruited as many as 231 regular kite-flyers from the vicinity of the walled city to guarantee a clear sky for approximately three hours.
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