PM Modi Hoists National Flag At Red Fort; Calls Nehru, Netaji, Savarkar Nation Builders

On the occasion of 76th Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi.

Prior to that, he inspected the Guard of Honour which was positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts.

In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the freedom fighters who fought against British rule. He said, “The citizens are thankful to Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Veer Savarkar who gave their lives on the path of duty” while adding that they helped build the nation.

PM Modi said, “This nation is thankful to Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla Khan, Ram Prasad Bismil and our innumerable revolutionaries who shook the foundation of the British Rule.”

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He said Independence Day is to celebrate those who fought for independence or built the nation and paid tribute to Rajendra Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, SP Mookerjee, LB Shastri, Deendayal Upadhyaya, JP Narayan, RM Lohia, Vinoba Bhave, Nanaji Deshmukh and Subramania Bharati among others.

The PM also emphasised the contribution of the tribal community to the freedom struggle and took the names of Bhagwan Birsa Munda, Sidhu-Kanhu, Alluri Sitarama Raju and Govind Guru. He added these figures became the voice of the freedom struggle and inspired the tribal community to live and die for the motherland.

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