Independence Day: Key takeaways from PM Modi’s speech

The PM presented a grand vision of India’s growth story in the next 25 years, but didn’t say much about his strategy to overcome the immediate challenges of the struggling economy, which has been marred by high inflation and rising unemployment. There was no word on regional security either. His usual enthusiasm in speeches was also missing. He was in his trademark style of working up the crowds only when he talked about India performance in Tokyo. It seem his subdued style reflects the many challenges India is facing – there is little to celebrate at the moment. But his speech also had positives like the focus on green energy, building roads in villages and ensuring all Indians have a bank account in the near future.