New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday urged Indians to give up the "poison" of casteism and communalism and embrace unity for the country's progress.
Addressing the nation from the Red Fort, the prime minister said it was a shame that caste and communal politics continued even so many years after independence.
"How long will this continue?" he asked, his voice choked with emotion.
"We have fought enough, we have killed enough. Turn back and see, has anyone gained anything?"He said that years of bloodshed had only caused deep wounds to "Bharat Mata".
Stop sacrificing lives of daughters to bear sons
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on the need to stop female foeticide in the country and asked people not to underestimate the importance of daughters in a family.
"We have a skewed sex ratio in the country, and this is not done by God, but our doctors. I plead to them not to kill daughters in wombs. People need to stop sacrificing the lives of their daughters in the greed to have a son," said Modi.
"People think that only sons take care of aged parents and are able to support them but I have seen families consisting of five sons who do not look after parents, whereas just one daughter does that selflessly," he added.
He also applauded the women sportspersons of the country who won medals at the recent Common Wealth Games.
Modi favours consensus, calls for moratorium on violence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today declared that he would like to run the country on the basis of consensus and not on majority in Parliament and called for a 10-year moratorium on caste and communal violence.
He also asked the misguided youth who have taken to terrorism and naxalism to shed their guns and adopt the path of peace and development.
Less than three months after taking over as Prime Minister, Modi unveiled a roadmap for his government, announcing a financial inclusion scheme for the poor to open bank account with built-in insurance, development of model villages by MPs and launching of a scheme for elimination of open defecation.
He asked the corporates to work with the government as part of their social responsibility to install toilets, including separate ones for girl students, in all schools by next Independence Day.