INDEPENDENCE 2018: On Jammu and Kashmir, Modi says his government will continue to follow the path of ‘Insaniyat,
- Narendra Modi Independence Day Speech LIVE: In two big-ticket announcements during the Independence Day 2018 speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a manned mission to space by 2022 and the launch of the PM Jan Aarogya Abhiyan which will run parallel with the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme. Denouncing incidents of rape, the PM says news of death penalties awarded to rapists will deter those with barbaric thoughts. He also hit out at the opposition for “stalling” the triple talaq bill in Parliament, but says he will “continue to fight for the rights of Muslim women”. On Jammu and Kashmir, Modi says his government will continue to follow the path of ‘Insaniyat, Jamuriyat & Kashmiriyat’ for peace envisioned by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Presenting his four-year report card on India’s 72nd Independence Day, Modi says India used to be a ‘sleeping elephant’, but has started walking and running now. The PM has also pitched for ‘social justice’ and highlighted the “constitutional protection” to Backward groups. The Independence Day address is the last in the PM’s current tenure and focusses as much on politics as on policy.