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Talking to media about PM Modi's promise, a scientist with the Pratham Satellite team, Tushar Jadhav said that they need to enhance the technology in order to achieve the promise. "India's voice is being heard effectively at the world stage and we are integral parts of forums whose doors were earlier closed for us".

Reaffirming his mantra of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" (take everyone along, development for all), the Prime Minister said there would be no discrimination against any section and there would be no nepotism and favouritism.

"Whether it is a Dalit or be it someone who has been persecuted or exploited or be it a deprived person or women, our Parliament has made social justice stronger with all the sensitivity and alertness to protect their interests", PM Modi said.

"India is moving forward at a new pace", he said.

With less than a year left for the next general elections, Modi also took the opportunity to make key policy announcements like launching Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) programme, on 25 September, birth-anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay. The OROP (one rank, one pension) demand was pending for decades.

Schoolchildren listened to Modi's Independence Day address.

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"I want to publicly acknowledge that I am restless because several countries have marched ahead and I want to take India ahead of them".

Modi projected himself as a leader who could take "bold decisions" and claimed to have eliminated "power brokers" from Delhi, wiping out the climate of corruption that allegedly thrived under the previous government. Last year, GST became a reality.

"The world was anxious earlier about India as it saw the country among the fragile five, now it looks at us with hope", he said.

In a statement, President of industry chamber CII Rakesh Bharti Mittal said the speech reiterated the growing confidence of the world in the Indian growth story and emphasised that India would continue to lead in different areas, including the fourth industrial revolution. There was, however, a reference to triple talaq in the context of women's issues in an attempt to corner the opposition for preventing passage of a bill that seeks to punish Muslim men for handing out instant divorces held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

He added: "This country will neither stop, nor bow nor get exhausted".

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