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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hoists the national flag during the 64th Independence Day celebrations (Image: The Hindu)
Prime Minister Independence Day Speech Highlights
Manmohan Singh on Sunday became the third Prime Minister to hoist the national flag from the ramparts of Red Fort for the seventh time in a row, after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
By hoisting the tricolour this morning, Dr. Singh overtook his predecessor Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who had the honour of unfurling the national flag from the majestic Red Fort six times.
Dr. Singh, who assumed office on May 22 last year for the second consecutive term, already has the distinction of being the third longest serving Prime Minister in the country after Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira.Following are the highlights of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech on the 64th Independence Day.
*PM says government working for new inclusive India.
*PM asks Naxals to abjure violence, come forward for talks.
*PM invites alienated and dissatisfied groups in Jammu and Kashmir and North East to experience the potential of Indian democracy to accommodate divergent views and aspirations.
*PM says India wants a strong, stable and united Pakistan, but Islamabad has to act against terror.
*Government committed to the aam aadmi (common man).
*It is working for food safety and social security net, says PM.
*PM says farmers have been paid record minimum support price.
*Inflation will come down, assures the PM.
*Time for consolidation and fine tuning of Bharat Nirman flagship programmes, says the PM.
*PM announces separate councils for higher education and health, asks for a clean India campaign.
*PM cautions against harsh words and offensive language in public life.
*PM appeals to make the Commonwealth Games a success.