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India saddened by insult to tricolour on Republic Day: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is saddened by the insult to tricolour on Republic Day, referring to the violence that erupted in the national capital during farmers’ tractor rally and the subsequent events that unfolded at Red Fort. PM Modi said this while addressing the nation through his Mann Ki Baat programme. Nearly 400 policemen were injured in the incident and a farmer died.

The prime minister said, “The country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolour on the 26th January in Delhi. We have to infuse times to come with new hope. Last year, we displayed exemplary patience & courage. This year too, we have to work hard to attain our resolves.” Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, ahead of the PM’s Mann Ki Baat address, said, “Do not fear so much. Gather some guts and talk about China today.”

India helping others against COVID-19

PM Modi also said that India is helping others in their fight against COVID-19. He equated the COVID-19 vaccine with Sanjeevani Booti, while referring to Ramayana. He also mentioned about Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro thanking India for supplying COVID-19 vaccines. Notably, Brazil is one of the most affected countries due to the pandemic.

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“You must have noticed about the vaccination programme that India is able to help others because India today is self-reliant in the field of medicines and vaccines,” the PM said.

“India is conducting the biggest vaccination drive in the world. Do you know what an even better matter of pride is? We are not only running the world’s biggest vaccination drive but we are also the fastest in vaccinating our citizens.”

“In merely 15 days, India has vaccinated more than 30 lakh COVID-19 warriors, while a rich country like the US has completed the same target in 18 days and the UK in 36 days,” the PM said

The number of healthcare workers vaccinated has crossed the 37 lakh mark on the 15th day of the countrywide COVID-19 inoculation programme, according to Union health ministry data.

 

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