INDIA THIS WEEK FRIDAY AUGUST 19, 2022 1 A W e e k l y N e w s p a p e r Fe a t u r i n g N e w s & Tr e n d s f r o m t h e I n d i a n S u b - C o n t i n e n t P u b l i s h e d f r o m t h e U S C a p i t a l Website: www.indiathisweek.online Vol. 30 No: 33 • WASHINGTON D.C • Phone: 301-445-0200; 301-917-4800 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Friday • August 19, 2022 “Talent will be basis of New India”: PM Modi takes aim at ‘Parivaarwaad’, ‘Bhai Bhatijawad’ in I-Day 2022 speech New Delhi [India], August 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday in his Independence Day speech on Monday took aim at the twin evils of nepotism and corruption and sought the people’s cooperation to ﬁght them. The prime minister said that the country needs to shift its mentality from “Bhai-Bhatijawad” and Parivaarwad (nepotism) and give an opportunity to the citizens who deserve it. Addressing the country from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the country’s 76th Independence Day, the Prime Minister said that there is no place for corruption in our society and that the people of the country need to come together as a society to punish those who have propagated the evil of corruption. “Today the nation shows anger towards corruption, but not the corrupted. Until and unless, people have the mentality of penalizing the corrupt, the nation cannot progress at optimum pace,” Prime Minster Modi said. “Another evil we need to come together against is nepotism. We need to give opportunities to those who are talented and will work towards the progress of the nation. Talent will be the basis of a New India. To cleanse every institute of India, let’s shift our mentality from ‘Bhai Bhatijawad’ and Parivaarwad and give an opportunity to the citizens who deserve it,” said PM Modi on the occasion of the country’s 76th Independence Day. Though India is faced with numerous challenges and restrictions, the PM highlighted that the country has the ability to overcome them all for a New India. PM Narendra Modi said, “We have to ﬁght against corruption with all our strength. In the last eight years, through the use of Aadhaar, DBT (Direct Beneﬁt Transfers) and mobile were used to prevent nearly ﬁnd Rs 2 lakh crores of black money from falling into the wrong hands,” said the Prime Minister. “We have to weed out corruption. We are making efforts to seize NEW INDIA SEE PAGE 6 SALES EVENT ES F SPORT RX F SPORT NX F SPORT ENDS SEPTEMBER 6 AAP KO NAVIGATION NAHIN CHAHIYE TO KNOW YOU’VE ARRIVED. LEXUS.COM | #LEXUS The Lexus Golden Opportunity Sales Event hai ek sunehra mauka to find sensations you’ve spent all Summer chasing. ©2022 Lexus, a Division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
August 19, 2022 Friday INDIA THIS WEEK CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk Washington DC August 11: Today, CDC is streamlining its COVID19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus. COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to us for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is signiﬁcantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. “We’re in a stronger place today as a nation, with more tools— like vaccination, boosters, and treatments—to protect ourselves, and our communities, from severe illness from COVID19,” said Greta Massetti, PhD, MPH, MMWR author. “We also have a better understanding of how to protect people from being exposed to the virus, like wearing highquality masks, testing, and improved ventilation. This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.” In support of this update CDC is: Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission is less than that against severe disease and diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available. Updating its guidance for people who are not up to date on COVID- 19 vaccines on what to do if exposed to someone with COVID-19. This is consistent with the existing guidance for people who are up to date on COVID19 vaccines. Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5. Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation. Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these ﬁrst 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public. If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5. Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11. You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10. Recommending that if you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difﬁculty breathing) or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19 or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10. Recommending that if you had severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you. If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance. Clarifying that after you have ended isolation, if your COVID19 symptoms worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation. Recommending screening testing of asymptomatic people without known exposures will no longer be recommended in most community settings. Emphasizing that physical distance is just one component of how to protect yourself and others. It is important to consider the risk in a particular setting, including local COVID-19 Community Levels and the important role of ventilation, when assessing the need to maintain physical distance. Actions to take will continue to be informed by the COVID19 Community Levels, launched in February. CDC will continue to focus efforts on preventing severe illness and postCOVID conditions, while ensuring everyone have the information and tools, they need to lower their risk. This updated guidance is intended to apply to community settings. In the coming weeks CDC will work to align stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare settings, congregate settings at higher risk of transmission, and travel, with today’s update.
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August 19, 2022 Friday INDIA THIS WEEK Centre opposes PIL on attacks on Christians in SC; says petitioners allegations based on misreported incidents New Delhi [India], August 16 (ANI): The Central government while ﬁling its response before the Supreme Court on a plea alleging a rising number of attacks on Christian institutions and priests across the country, submitted that the majority of the incidents cited by the petitioner as attacks on Christians were wrongfully projected in news reports. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna was informed by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Centre has ﬁled a preliminary note of objections on the plea. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioner, sought time to respond to the Centre‘s note and this top court adjourned the hearing for August 25. The Centre said that there is no merit in the plea and the petitioner has “resorted to falsehood and self-serving documents” along with press reports which have misreported such incidents. “The petitioners claimed to have based the petition on information gathered through sources like press reports (The Wire, The Scroll, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, etc.), “independent” online databases and from ﬁndings of various non-proﬁt organisations. It is submitted that enquiries reveal that majority of the incidents alleged as Christian persecution in these reports were either false or wrongfully projected,” the Centre said.Criminal cases arising out of personal issues have been given communal colour, said the Centre. The response of the Centre came on a petition ﬁled by Archbishop Of Bangalore Diocese Peter Machado. The plea sought directions to stop violence and mob attacks against the members of the Christian community in various states across the country also seeking the implementation of earlier apex court guidelines to curb hate crimes. The petition has sought the setting up of Special Investigation Teams with ofﬁcers from outside the States where the incidents set out to register FIRs, conduct criminal investigations and prosecute the criminal offenders in accordance with the law. It further sought direction that the SITs ﬁle closure reports in accordance with the law, where false counter FIRs have been ﬁled by the assailants against the victims. The petition has also sought implementation of the guidelines issued in the Tehseen Poonawala judgement in which nodal ofﬁcers were to be appointed to take note of hate crimes and register FIRs across the nation. In the Supreme Court 2018, had issued a slew of guidelines for the Centre and State governments to control and prevent the increasing number of hate crimes, including mob violence and lynching. The guidelines included fast-tracked trials, victim compensation, deterrent punishment and disciplinary action against lax law-enforcing ofﬁcials. The top court had said offences such as hate crimes, cow vigilantism and lynching incidents should be nipped in the bud. (ANI) New Delhi [India], August 17 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking direction to permit citizens residing outside India to vote here, from their place of residence or employment. A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices JK Maheshwari and Hima Kohli sought a response from the government and poll panel and tagged the PIL along with pending pleas. The plea ﬁled by Kerala Pravasi Association sought direction that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) be given the right to vote, without insisting on their physical presence in their respective polling stations in India, on the day of polling. The plea sought directions from the Central governmenttopermitcitizens residing outside India, to exercise their franchise, under Section 20A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, from their place of residence or employment. The petition has submitted that the provisions of Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010 which mandates that NRIs be physically present in their constituencies to exercise their right to cast vote in elections are violative of the Fundamental Rights as enshrined under Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. Rules under the Act fail in ensuring the involvement of the citizens living abroad and deny them their Right to effectively exercise their franchise, it added. (ANI) SC notice to Centre on plea seeking voting rights for NRIs without physical presence
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August 19, 2022 Friday INDIA THIS WEEK “Talent will be basis of New India”: PM Modi takes aim at ‘Parivaarwaad’, ‘Bhai Bhatijawad’ in I-Day 2022 speech NEW INDIA FROM PAGE 1 properties of people who have ﬂed the country and trying to create a situation where what has been looted by the corrupt is returned to the country. Corruption is hollowing out our country like termites, I will ﬁght against it and I need the country’s blessings and cooperation to win this war and request you all to help me ﬁght corruption,” he said. The prime minister said that the second issue that the country has to tackle is that of ‘Bhai Bhatijawad’, which he said is not just limited to politics but in other spheres as well. He said there was a need to start a revolution against the practice. “When I talk about bhai-bhatijawad, people think I am talking about politics. But it is not so, I am not talking only about politics. the bhai-bhatijawad has entered many institutions in the country which is depriving eligible, talented people,” PM Modi said. With respect to sports sector PM Modi said selection of sportspersons is now conducted on the basis of talent and not ‘bhai-bhatijawad’ “India’s ﬂag is ﬂying high now,” PM Modi said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation for the ninth time from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the occasion of Independence Day, urged the youth to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives for the development of the nation and highlighted ﬁve pleges ‘Panch prans to fulﬁl the freedom ﬁghters’ dreams by the year 2047. Beginning his address, Prime Minister Modi stated that it is a historic day for India as it takes a new path, new pledge with renewed strength. “We have to work with the vision of accomplishing what our freedom ﬁghters dreamt of. By 100 years of independence, for the next 25 years we need to focus on the 5 resolves – ﬁrst Viksit Bharat (Developed India), second Removing every ounce of Gulami (slavery) in us, third Work on the pride for our glorious heritage, fourth. Ensuring Unity among all, ﬁfth. Fulﬁlling our fundamental Duties.” The Prime Minister said, “When dreams are big, the hard work is equally strenuous. We need to be inspired by the sankalp and determination of our freedom ﬁghters who dreamt of a free India. I urge the youth to dedicate the next 25 years of their lives for the development of the nation. We will work towards even the development of the entire humanity. That is the strength of India.” The Prime Minister said that COVID19 pandemic has been an example of this common consciousness, where citizens came together. “From supporting doctors to propelling research to taking vaccines to the remotest parts, we have stood together,” he said. The Prime Minister said that the world today looks at India with pride, hope and as a problem solver. “The world looks at India as a destination where aspirations are met. My understanding of the spirit of India, made me realise that for growth of NewIndia we needed to ensure inclusive development across the nation- a vision that was held dear by Mahatma Gandhi,” he said. From the ramparts of the Red Fort, the Prime Minister said that Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwaas and Sabka Prayaas became the cornerstone of ensuring the implementation of pro-nation policies and taking development to the last mile. Ahead of his speech at the Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoisted National Flag amid a 21-gun salute by the indigenously developed howitzer gun, ATAGS. This was followed by a shower of ﬂower petals from helicopters. Earlier in the day, PM Modi visited Rajghat to pay his respects to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. A multi-layered security cover along with Facial Recognition System cameras have been installed at each entry and exit point at the fort. Security personnel also deployed trained catchers to ensure that the premises remain monkey-free during the day. As many as 231 regular kiteﬂyers from the walled city area were roped in by the police to ensure a clear sky for about three hours on the morning of August 15. PM Modi gives 5 pledges ‘panch prans’ to fulﬁl dreams of country in next 25 years Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on the people of India to take “panch pran” (ﬁve pledges) for a developed nation and aim to fulﬁl the dreams of the freedom ﬁghters by the year 2047the 100th year of India’s Independence. The Prime Minister while addressing the nation on the 76th Independence Day from the ramparts of the Red Fort talked about the ﬁve pledges the country needs to focus on for the next 25 years. “The ﬁrst pran is to move forward with bigger resolves and resolve of developed India. The second pran is to erase all traces of servitude. Even if we see the smallest things of servitude, inside us or nearby us, we have to get rid of them. The third is to take pride in our legacy. Four is the strength of unity for our dreams of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. The ﬁfth pran is the duties of citizens which include the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers also. This is a big pranshakti for fulﬁlling the dreams of the country in the next 25 years,” the Prime Minister said. After his arrival at the Red Fort, the PM inspected the inter-services and police Guard of Honour From thePoet’sPen INDIA THIS WEEK- July 19, 2022 THE TRAITOR By Morton Dauwen Zabel at Red Fort., which was positioned directly in front of the National Flag across the moat below the ramparts. Ahead of his speech to the nation, Prime Minister Modi hoisted the national ﬂag. Flower petals were showered at the venue in Amrit Formation by two MI-17 1V Helicopters. The Air Force band played the National Anthem hoisting of the National Flag and presenting of the ‘Rashritya Salute’. Apart from around 250 eminent personalities are arrive at the Red Fort on Monday, nearly 8,00010,000 people attended the programme. Several events have been held over the last 75 weeks to celebrate the 75 years of India’s independence. Meanwhile, people are enthusiastically taking part in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 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August 19, 2022 Friday INDIA THIS WEEK ‘Yahi Samay Hai, Sahi Samay Hai, Bharat Ka Anmol Samay Hai’: Indian envoy to US recalls PM Modi’s message on India’s 75 yrs of Independence hoisted at the historic Times Square in New York. The event was organised by the Federation of Indian Association – New York metropolitan area and the Indian ﬂag was unfurled by Indian Consulate General Randhir Jaswal. In attendance was the Mayor of New York City Eric Adams. Also present were renowned music composers Devi Sri Prashad (DSP) and Shankar Mahadevan. Indian singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan was seen singing Indian patriotic song “Ae Watan Watan Mere Aabad Rahe Tu.” The Indian diaspora was seen joining Mahadevan, singing along and moving to the rhythmic beats as they emotionally connect themselves to the occasion of 75 years of India’s independence. DSP sang the national anthem on the occasion which is the culmination of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. A large number of people gathered to witness the unfurling of the Tricolour at the iconic venue. Later during the day, the Empire Star Building will be lit up in the colours of the Indian ﬂag and the evening would see a 220-feet tricolour in an aerial display over the Hudson river. Patriotic spirits are not only high in India on the occasion of the country’s 75 years of independence, but also in Canada as the Hindu and Sikh diaspora distribute free meals to the Canadian public in downtown Toronto. The atmosphere on Toronto streets is percolating with great energy as the Indian diaspora celebrates 75 years of India’s Independence. This was a part of 75 years of Independence Day Free meal drive organized by Hindu Forum Canada where they initiated a 75,000 free vegetarian meal campaign to mark “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” in the Greater Toronto Area. While sharing the free lunch, one of the members of the Hindu Forum Canada said, “To celebrate the occasion of India’s 75 years of Independence, Hindu Forum Canada is distributing 75,000 free vegetarian meals to the Canadian people.” The organization arranged its ﬁrst food truck in Dundas Square downtown Toronto as they distributed thousands of free meals to Torontonians. Canadian folks joined the Indian diaspora in their celebration on this very New Delhi [India], August 16 (ANI): According to a recent circular issued by the Unique Identiﬁcation Authority of India (UIDAI), if you don’t have an Aadhaar number or enrolment slip, you may not be entitled to avail government subsidies and beneﬁts. The UIDAI issued a circular to all central ministries and state governments last week. This circular is issued on August 11 to tighten the Aadhaar rules for those who don’t have an Aadhaar number and are availing of the subsidies and beneﬁts provided by the government. If you want certiﬁcates by govt which are used for determining the eligibility of beneﬁciaries for delivery of beneﬁts/ subsidies/services under government schemes, they must have the Aadhar number, said the circular. According to the circular issued on August 11 by UIDAI, there is an existing provision in section 7 of the Aadhaar Act to facilitate a person who has not been assigned an Aadhaar number, to avail of the beneﬁts, subsidies, and services “through alternate and viable means of identiﬁcation.” The latest circular says that more than 99 per cent of adults in the country have been issued an Aadhaar number now. “Thus in the above backdrop and considering the proviso to Section 7 of the Act...in case no Aadhaar number has been assigned to an individual, he/she shall make an application for enrolment and till such time Aadhaar number is assigned to such individual, he/she may avail the beneﬁts, subsidies and services through alternate and viable means of identiﬁcation along with Aadhaar Enrolment Identiﬁcation (EID) number/slip,” the circular mentioned. This means an Aadhaar Enrolment By Reena Bhardwaj Wa s h i n g t o n [US], August 15 (ANI): Indian Ambassador to US Taranjit Sandhu hoisted the national ﬂag at India House, Washington DC, recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s message for the nation and noted that India-US partnership has become one of the most consequential relationships for both the countries and for the world. While delivering the address on India’s 76th Independence Day, Ambassador Sandhu said, “As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated, the journey of the next 25 years would mark the creation of a new India. The goal of this ambit call is to ascend to new heights of prosperity. In this journey, the United States will be a key partner for India.” He said that India and US are continuously working together and leveraging their synergies and complementarities to advance global peace and stability, sustainability of the planet and Human Development. “In this process, the Indian diaspora will continue to be a critical pillar and I take this opportunity to appreciate the great work that the diaspora has been doing.” Ambassador said that the moments like the 75th anniversary of independence Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav makes India relook at their goals, recalibrate them, and strengthen its resolve to achieve them. “It’s also a time to dream new, dream big and work passionately towards those dreams. As Prime Minister Modi has said, and I quote, yahi Samay hai, Sahi samay hai, Bharat Ka anmol samay hai. This is the time, the right time. India’s precious time now.” To mark the occasion of 75 years of India’s independence, the Indian Tricolour was special occasion. The August 15 ceremony is particularly signiﬁcant this year as it marks the 75 years of India’s Independence. Several events have been held over the last 75 weeks to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence. Meanwhile, people are enthusiastically taking part in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign commenced on Saturday and will run till today. The programme envisages inspiring Indians everywhere to hoist the national ﬂag at their homes. The aim of the programme is to make the relationship with the national ﬂag a more personal one rather than just keeping it formal or institutional. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of India’s people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The ofﬁcial journey of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commenced on March 12, 2021, which started a 75week countdown to 75 years of independence. It is worth mentioning that Indian citizens were not allowed to hoist the National Flag except on select occasions. This changed after a decade-long legal battle by industrialist Naveen Jindal culminated in the landmark SC judgement of 23 January 2004 declaring that the right to ﬂy the National Flag freely with respect and dignity is a fundamental right of an Indian citizen within the meaning of Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India. It deﬁned the expression and manifestation of a citizen’s allegiance to and the sentiment of pride for the nation. Lauding the Central Government and PM Modi for the Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign, Naveen Jindal has appealed to every Indian to make ‘Har Din Tiranga’ their motto. Identiﬁcation (EID) number/ slip would be required for availing central and state government services, beneﬁts, and subsidies if one does not have an Aadhaar number yet. The circular says a multitude of services and beneﬁts are being transferred directly to the residents owing to the wide coverage of 99 per cent adults having Aadhaar identiﬁcation. “Aadhaar has signiﬁcantly improved the quality of resident/citizen experience in receiving welfare services,” the circular said. UIDAI issued one more circular on August 11, which says entities may make the Virtual Identiﬁer (VID) optional. “Some government entities may require the Aadhaar number in their respective databases for smooth implementation of the social welfare schemes. Therefore, such government entities may require beneﬁciaries to provide Aadhaar numbers and made VID optional,” the UIDAI has said in the circular. (ANI) Aadhaar number mandatory to get govt beneﬁts-subsidies: UIDAI
FRIDAY AUGUST 19, 2022 9 10 lakh jobs, 20 lakh employment opportunities: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s announcement during Independence Day address Patna (Bihar) [India], August 15 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish on Monday announced arrangements for additional 10 lakh jobs to the youth of the state in addition to the promise made by his deputy Tejashvi Yadav’s earlier and indicated that total employment opportunities created could eventually be higher. In his Independence Day address from Patna’s Gandhi Maidan today, Kumar said that the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) alliance government aims to provide at least 10 lakh jobs in the government and an additional 10 lakh “employment opportunities” in various sectors. “We will do so much to create jobs and employment opportunities for the children of the state — in both government and outside — that if we succeed, we want to take the ﬁgure to 20 lakhs,” he said, adding that the state government will work hard everywhere to ensure this. Bihar deputy chief minister Tejasvi Yadav, who has been under attack for his promise of providing 10 lakh jobs made while campaigning during the 2020 assembly elections took to Twitter to thank the chief minister. “Many thanks to respected Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar ji for the historic announcement of arranging 10 lakh jobs and other 10 lakh jobs in Bihar as per the expectations and dreams of the unemployed and youth,” Yadav said in a tweet after Nitish Kumar’s speech. “Myself and you will take Bihar towards the path of development and progress. It’s an oath!,” Yadav added. Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) allied with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Tejasvi Yadav to form the government in Bihar recently. Meanwhile, people are enthusiastically taking part in the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign commenced on Saturday and will run till today. The program envisages inspiring Indians everywhere to hoist the national ﬂag at their homes. The aim of the program is to make the relationship with the national ﬂag a more personal one rather than just keeping it formal or institutional. Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of independence and the glorious history of India’s people, culture and achievements. This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in its evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Theofﬁcialjourney of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav commenced on March 12, 2021, which started a 75week countdown to our 76th anniversaryofindependence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort recalled the contribution of the freedom ﬁghters and emphasised the role of women in the country’s freedom struggle. Ahead of his speech to the nation, Prime Minister Modi hoisted the national ﬂag. Flower petals were showered at the venue in Amrit Formation by two MI-17 1V Helicopters. The Air Force band played the National Anthem hoisting of the National Flag and presenting of the ‘Rashritya Salute’. (ANI)
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