Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday unveiled his vision for a new, clean and prosperous India in his maiden and stirring Independence Day address from the Red Fort which won him accolades across the country.
Patriotic fervour gripped the country on Friday as it celebrated its 68th Independence Day with unfurling of tricolour and tributes to martyrs while Chief Ministers announced a number of schemes to accelerate development and appealed to extremists to shun violence.
Expressing dismay over the manner of governance before he came to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said there were "dozens of governments" within a government and that he has initiated steps to "demolish walls" that had come up between various departments.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivering his maiden Independence Day speech without a bullet-proof shield and thousands of people in attendance, to ensure an incident-free event was a greater challenge this time around for security agencies.
Punjab`s contribution to the country`s freedom struggle was the maximum with nearly 80 percent of the freedom fighters being from the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said during his Independence Day address.
Despite a boycott call by Maoists, Independence Day was celebrated across Odisha with gaiety and enthusiasm amid tight security with the government promising to implement a special policy for speedy empowerment of girls and women.
Hundreds of students from several colleges of Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, IP University and others, thronged to the historic Red Fort in large numbers to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s speech on Independence Day.