Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his customary Independence Day address, today asserted that the frenzy of communalism or the poison of casteism have no place in India but did not announce any major scheme unlike last time as he answered criticism on fighting corruption.
In a 85-minute speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, he referred to the major issue facing his government — 'One-Rank, One-Pension' (OROP) — on which he said the government has accepted in principle. But he stopped short of announcing acceptance of the demand of ex-servicemen who are agitating for over last two months.
While talking about efforts for development, Modi made a strong pitch for communal harmony and peace.
"The world keeps signing praise about India's diversity and greatness. Like diversity, the country also has simplicity and unity, which are our capital. These have been nurtured over the centuries. This capital has to be preserved," he said.
"Be it the poison of casteism or the frenzy of communalism, these have no place in the country and should not be allowed to grow. These ills have to be eradicated through the nectar of development," he said.