Indian won freedom from the British Empire in 1947, two hundred years after the British took over the country. The nation witnessed one of the bloodiest partitions as India was divided into two nations – India and Pakistan as the British left.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day from the iconic Red Fort in New Delhi, laying out a plan for the next 25 years.
Saying there is no dearth of political will in the country to take on challenging decisions, Modi delivered his eighth consecutive Independence Day address to the nation.
Alluding to a threat from external forces, Modi said: “India is fighting with terrorism and expansionism. By conducting surgical strikes and airstrikes, we have given a message of the emergence of a new India to our enemies. It also conveyed that India can take tough decisions”.
Recalling the violence during the partition of India in 1947, Modi said that it can never be forgotten. He announced that 14 August would now be observed as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”.
The day will commemorate the “struggles and sacrifices” of millions who were displaced and who lost their lives during the partition. It is estimated that 2 million died in the violence that marked the division of the country into two independent nations – India and Pakistan. More than 10 million people were displaced.
Talking about the country’s farmers, who have been protesting against three…