Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 76th Independence Day, Modi said that respect for women is an important pillar for India’s development and stressed the need to support women power.
“Our conduct has become perverted and we insult women at times,” he said, and asked, “Can we resolve to get rid of it from our behavior and values?”
It is important that “we do nothing that offends the dignity of women” in speech and conduct, he said.
Speaking on the importance of a United Nations, Modi said that India has a lot to teach the world on the concept of unity which starts with the family structure.
Stating that gender equality is the key to a united India, he said that without giving equal importance to sons and daughters in family structures, the idea of unity will be lost.
“We should celebrate the diversity of India..Even at home, the roots of unity are sown when both son and daughter are equal. If they are not, the mantra of unity cannot resonate. I hope we Can get rid of this attitude of upper-lower or me-others,” Modi said.
“Gender equality is an important criterion of unity,” the Prime Minister said.
He further said that women power is present in all walks of society and is important for the development of the country.
“If we look at ‘nari shakti’ in law, education, science and police, our daughters and mothers are making a big contribution to India,” Modi said.
He said that the citizens are proud of the strength of the women of India like Rani Lakshmi BaiJhalkari Bai, Rani Chennamma and Begum Hazrat Mahal. Modi said Indian women are symbols of sacrifice and struggle.
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