Modi pledges to wipe out graft from country

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 21:27:50

Modi pledges to wipe out graft from country

Criticises Kashmir militants for unrest
NEW DELHI, Aug 15 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to help him build a prosperous and united India, promising to wipe out corruption and usher in good governance.

In an hourlong speech Tuesday to mark the anniversary of India's independence from British rule, Modi pledged to bring in transparency to end decades of graft.

"We may have grown up in despair, but now we have to move ahead with confidence," he said as he addressed the nation from the Red Fort, a sprawling 17th century fortress in the heart of New Delhi.

Modi hailed his government efforts in recent months, including the surprise withdrawal of large currency notes and an overhaul of taxes on goods and services that he said had brought billions of dollars of unaccounted money into the mainstream economy.

Modi said that "bullets and abuses" cannot bring peace in Kashmir, as the country celebrates 70 years since independence.

In a speech in Delhi, Mr Modi accused Kashmiri separatists of "scheming".

Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan.

Mr Modi said only "hugs" could solve the problems of the territory, which often sees clashes between protesters and Indian security forces.

India is celebrating its 70th Independence Day a day after its neighbour Pakistan.

Mr Modi urged Indians to stand together with Kashmiris to rediscover "the lost paradise".

He also appealed to the nation to stand together with the families of 60 children who died at a public hospital in northern India after oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills.

The prime minister also spoke in support of Muslim women who are fighting a legal battle to abolish the practice of "triple talaq" (instant divorce).

India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.

India's Supreme Court is soon due to give a ruling in the case.

Mr Modi also criticised people for using religion to incite violence.
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