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On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the coming 5 years as decisive as the 5 years between 1942 and 1947 were, when India finally achieved independence.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi called for an India devoid of corruption and poverty by 2022, when the country will mark 75 years of independence.
In PM Modi's speech, he recalled the role played by Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chandrashekhar Azad, Sukhdev, Jayaprakash Narayan and others in the struggle for freedom.
"When Mahatma Gandhi, a leader who always propagated non-violence, raised the call to 'Do or Die', it was a surprise for the nation. He told each and all of us to consider ourselves as independent nationals," PM Modi said.
"From 2017 to 2022, when India turns 75, we need to create the same spirit that existed from 1942 to 1947," he added.
PM Modi urged people to take a pledge to end corruption, poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy besides ensuring gender equality.
"We need to bring a positive change in this regard. Today, a similar call (like Gandhi made in 1942) and determination are needed to weed out corruption from our country," PM Modi said
"People break law and do not feel they are doing something wrong," he said, addressing the sense of entitlement that has increased in the minds of people and called for changing this attitude.
The Prime Minister added that the Indian independence struggle was an inspiration for many countries suffering from colonial rule.
"British colonialism started in India and ended in India. India's independence was not just India's independence. It spread the urge to get independence in many countries," he said.
Let us pledge to free India from poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism, communalism & create a 'New India' of our dreams by 2022. pic.twitter.com/x4zbaxGKkN— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 9, 2017