However, in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, Prime Minister made it clear that there would not be any compromise, while dealing with the separatists. But he kept the window of dialogue open when he said: “You have every right to make your voices heard in Indian democracy.” “We are committed for the development of Jammu and Kashmir and this is also the resolve of every Indian," he said. The remarks are significant as Mr Modi's observations come amid heightened row over Art 35-A-- one of the special provisions guaranteed to Jammu and Kashmir.
Stating that, every citizen has his or her role to play with determination for creating a "New India", Prime Minister made significant attack on the cow vigilante groups or 'Gau-rakshaks' saying violence in the name of one's faith cannot be accepted. "Violence in the name of one's belief is not something to be accepted in India. India is about peace, unity and amity. Casteism and communalism will not help us," Mr Modi said. "The poison of casteism and communalism can never be beneficial for our nation," he said. Referring to security scenario and India's fight against terrorism, he said many countries are actively helping India in the war against terror. "Many countries of the world are with India in fight against terrorism....India`s stature in comity of nations is rising. I thank all the countries actively helping us," he said.
He gave a clarion call to the people to give up the casual approach of 'business as usual' and said there is need to strive for a firm commitment for "change is possible". "In our nation, there is no one big or small...everybody is equal. Together we can bring a positive change," he said and in this context he also cited the example of Lord Rama's conquest of Ravana's kingdom with the help of monkey forces. Prime Minister also referred to the surgical strike carried out by Indian armed forces on terrorist launch pads across LoC and said this proved to the world India's strength. Lauding the armed forces, he said, ''in free India it is very important to protect the country. The surgical strike was a proof to the world about India's strength". He also said the armed personnel have always stood rock-like against everything that is against the country such as infiltrators and militants.
Prime Minister described the fight against 'Triple Talaq' as a great crusade of women empowerment in the country and said India will stand firmly and help the protagonists who are fighting the menace to achieve their goal. "I admire their courage.....we are with them," he said. Making his fourth speech since he took over in 2014, Prime Minister also listed out a few achievements of his government. Besides developmental schemes and welfare measures, he specially mentioned steps to double farmers' income and also bring about more flexibility in centre-state relationship. "Unlike now, central government was considered an elder brother earlier as I experienced as a Chief Minister". (UNI)