Independence Day Speech 2019 highlights: Chief Ministers Pinarayi Vijayan, Edappadi K Palaniswami, and Jagan Mohan Reddy celebrated the 73rd Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag in Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, and Amaravati, respectively.
Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day and said that India "rightfully takes pride in great achievements" in various fields.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government will invest a massive Rs 100 lakh crore on developing modern infrastructure that will aid in nearly doubling the size of the Indian economy to $5 trillion in the next five years. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort here on the 73rd Independence Day, he said reforms will continue to be ushered in to help India break into top 50 countries on the 'ease of doing business' ranking.
"To some the target of nearly doubling the size of Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in five years may seem difficult. But when we have in five years (of BJP rule) added $1 trillion as compared to USD 2 trillion size achieved in 70 years of independence, then this target is achievable," he said.
Standing up for India Incorporated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said "wealth creators" in the country "should not be eyed with suspicion", but should be respected because they are "India's wealth".
Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 73rd Independence Day, he said wealth creation is a great national service. "Let us never see wealth creators with suspicion. Only when wealth is created, wealth will be distributed," he said. "Wealth creation is absolutely essential. Those who create wealth are India's wealth and we respect them."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed the nation on the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day on Thursday and made a strong push for ease of living and population control in the country, was greeted by children as he stepped off the Red Fort stage after his speech.
Narendra Modi said, "India does not want incremental progress. A high jump is needed, our thought process has to be expanded. We have to keep in mind global best practices and build good systems."
"Today, every Indian can proudly say: One Nation, One Constitution. We are dutybound to achieve Sardar Patel's goal of integrating India," Modi said.
Recounting his government's achievement since it came to power for the second time, Narendra Modi said his govt achieved 70 days what previous govts couldn't do in 70 years
Narendra Modi said, "It's not even been 10 weeks since the new government was elected and we have provided speed to the development programme. We did not wait even a day to start our work."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Red Fort ten minutes before his schedule. He was expected to reach around 7.30 am but according to the live visuals being broadcast on Doordarshan, the prime minister was already being received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at the iconic Red Fort.
Modi will address the nation today on the occasion of 73rd year of India's Independence from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi after hoisting the Tricolour.
This will be the prime minister's first Independence Day address to the nation after he returned to power with a thumping majority in the recently-concluded general elections to Lok Sabha.
The prime minister's speech and the proceedings from the Red Fort will be broadcast live on television as well as streamed live on the Internet. Here is where one can watch the Independence Day celebrations:
The coverage of the Independence Day celebration will be available on television news channes like Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV and Doordarshan. It will also telecast on CNN-News18 television news channel.
YouTube and Google Search
On Tuesday, Tech giant Google announced a continued long-term collaboration with Prasar Bharati, India's largest public broadcasting agency, for live coverage on YouTube and Google Search for events of national importance such as the Independence Day and Republic Day telecast.
"As part of the collaboration, viewers from across the globe will be able to watch the full parade and the prime minister's speech live on Doordarshan's YouTube channel, as India celebrates its 73rd Independence Day on 15 August 2019," the statement made by Google read.
The live stream will commence at 6.30 am. The link to the YouTube live feed will be made available on Google Search — both mobile phones and desktop — when users search for 'India Independence Day'.
Other than Doordarshan's YouTube channel and direct Google search, viewers can watch the live streaming of Modi's address at Firstpost as well.
Other online sources
The proceedings will be streamed live also on the official portals of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.
Viewers can also watch the Independence Day speech on the prime minister's personal website – narendramodi.in and on the webcast services of the National Informatics Centre –independenceday.nic.in.
On Facebook, the speech will be made available on the official pages of – Narendra Modi, Doordarshan National, BJP4India and PMOIndia.
The Twitter handles to follow for the Independence Day speech are – Narendra Modi, PMOIndia, and DDNational.
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Updated Date: Aug 15, 2019 13:16:29 IST