August 15th, 2010
Bridge infrastructural deficit: President
President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on August 14 called for speeding up of projects to fill the “infrastructural deficit” that impedes India’s economic growth and was not in sync with its image of an emerging global player. Addressing the nation on the eve of India’s 64th Independence Day, the President also laid importance on expansion of industries and encouraging and pursuing cutting-edge technologies, research and development.
“On the eve of our 64th Independence Day, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you from all walks of life, living in India and overseas. I convey special greetings to the brave personnel of our Armed Forces and the paramilitary forces who guard our frontiers and to our central and state police, as well as our internal security forces. I also compliment every citizen of this country whose hard work, productive prowess and enterprising zeal have put India among the front ranks of the nations of the world. I convey my heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones, suffered injuries and whose properties have been destroyed in the recent cloud burst in Leh.
Every year, we celebrate our Independence Day with great fervour as well as joy and justifiably so, as it commemorates that day, when after many years of subjugation, our country gained its freedom. Indeed, in the annals of history, 15th of August 1947 will always be remembered as a day of an extraordinary accomplishment, of when India won its freedom with unparalleled fortitude and unique means. Under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, our movement for attaining freedom through ahimsa and satyagraha spread throughout the country, inspiring people in a manner rarely seen. Millions and millions of our men and women, willingly and enthusiastically responded to his call.
They united to become an immense force that defeated the mightiest colonial power. Free India, was thus born. As citizens of free India, we must reflect on the values and principles which were in the minds and hearts of those who fought and sacrificed for our freedom. They drew inspiration from the values nurtured in the country through millennia. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once described Gandhiji as, “embodying the old spirit of India, who held aloft the torch of freedom”. Gandhiji’s thoughts and his life were truly an expression of the philosophy of
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A new India is being built: PM
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on August 15 said that a new India was being built “in which every citizen would have a stake”
“We are building a new India in which every citizen would have a stake, an India which would be prosperous and in which all citizens would be able to live a life of honour and dignity,” he said in his speech on Independence Day from the Red Fort in Delhi.
“I greet you on the 63rd anniversary of our independence. When Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the Tricolour on this historic Red Fort, on 15th August, 1947, he called himself the first servant of India. I address you today in the same spirit of service.
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UK celebrates India’s Independence Day
The 64th Independence Day of India was celebrated with enthusiasm and fanfare at the Indian Gymkhana Club in London on August 15.
High Commissioner of India to the U.K. Nalin Surie hoisted the Tricolour, which was followed by the singing of the Indian national anthem.
The Address to the Nation by President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on the eve of the 64th Independence Day of India was also broadcast at the function.
More than 40 Indian associations in the U.K., representing different regions and communities of India, participated in the celebration.
Depicting the confidence and ambitions of the youth of the nation and the rich heritage of the country, the representatives of these associations presented a colourful cultural programme, which included a slew of patriotic songs and dances.
Regional delicacies were offered at the food stalls set up voluntarily by these associations.
For the first time, the Indian diaspora, represented by Councillors of Indian origin, captains of industry, academia, youth, students and artistes, participated in the celebrations in a grand scale. Around 4,000 people attended the function.
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