Population control to Article 370: what Delhiites found interesting in Prime Minister’s speech

Citizens divided over Independence Day address; Kashmir issue a favourite

Thirty-year-old Bhagyasree’s husband, a police officer, left his home in Narela for Independence Day duty at 2 a.m. A few hours later, along with her seven-year-old daughter, Bhagyasree left for Red Fort to hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech.

“What I liked the most in his speech is the part on population control. People should not have more than two children. With population, problems increases,” said Bhagyasree.

Many people who came to hear the Prime Minister speak at the Red Fort told The Hindu that they found the part of his speech on Kashmir and population control the most interesting. Most of them said they support Modi but also added that more jobs need to be created.

Constable speaks

Suchitra Rai (26) from Assam, a constable with the Delhi Police, who was on duty, said, “I liked the part where he talked about removing Article 370 from Kashmir. This is a priority and will also increase our security.”

She added that she liked the part where he spoke about martyrs.

Mr. Modi explained the amendment of Article 370 and the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories in great details. He said the removal of special status would ensure justice and development to backward sections of society in the State.

Bhagyasree said this was the first time she had come to Red Fort to hear the speech.

“There should be more work on education and to control price rise,” she added.

But there were also people who had a different opinion. Disha Rani (13) said she liked the fact that Mr. Modi talked about villages. “He has brought light to villages,” she said.

But the others were excited, just to be present at the event. Thirteen-year-old Muskaan Saxena from Class 7B in Khalsa School, sporting a white uniform, was exhilarated after meeting the Prime Minister.

“When he came near us, I held his hand and didn’t want to let go. But, the security asked us to move on.”

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