We are marking 100 years of Champaran Satyagraha, says PM Modi

"My dear countrymen, we must take our fight against black money and corruption to the next level. The first mantra is the expression of depression instead of its suppression", the PM said.

Invoking Rabindranath Tagore, Prime Minister Modi said that India feels proud to share the heritage of the Nobel Prize victor with Bangladesh.

He also talked about India's tradition of preserving nature and referred to the initiatives of his government to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and increase the use of renewable energy sources like solar power. "People are gradually moving towards doing business without cash". He said there has been a surge in various modes of digital payment after demonetisation and over one and half crore people have downloaded BHIM app. "India will always stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Bangladesh", said Modi. And I hope that Bangladesh marches ahead on the path of progress.

The Centre would need to be pro-active to build a new India, senior opposition leader Tathagat Satpathy said.

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He also said, "It is a matter of great pride for all of us that Rabindranath Tagore and his memories are a shared heritage as the national anthem of Bangladesh too has been composed by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore".

This had also provided an "inspiration and a mission in life" to a young teenager, who until then had spent his days playing merrily in the fields.

"Year 2022 will be India's 75th year of independence; let's all remember Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The Champaran Satyagraha showed us how special Mahatma Gandhi was and how unique his personality was", added Modi. "And that is why, this is such a landmark decision, and will benefit 18 lakh women working in the formal sector", Modi said. The basic aim of this leave is to ensure proper care of the newborn and the mother for a better future. On Sunday, he said New India was neither a government programme, nor the manifesto of a political party, nor was it a project. PM even reminded that each and every citizen must implement his/her civic duties and responsibilities. New India has repeatedly been a theme in the Prime Minister's recent speeches - the year 2022 had been presented as a milestone by which time it could be achieved.

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