Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech at a ceremony marking the 68th Independence Day at the Red Fort in New Delhi, India, Aug. 15, 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday addressed the nation on the occasion of the Independence Day, making an appeal to the world "to come and manufacture here".(Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
NEW DELHI, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday addressed the nation on the occasion of the Independence Day, making an appeal to the world "to come and manufacture here.
"Come, make in India. Sell anywhere, but manufacture here. We have the skill and the talent," Modi said in an extempore speech from the iconic Red Fort.
Reaching out to political rivals, the prime minister said: "We want to move forward not on the basis of majority but on consensus, " asserting his commitment to good governance and development.
Modi also reiterated his pre-poll promise of creating jobs and attracting investment, saying his priority would be "people, private partnership."
On the growing number of rapes, the prime minister said the rape cases have shamed India and urged parents to take responsibility for behavior of their sons rather than put the onus on their daughters.
Saying he is not the prime minister, but prime servant, Modi said it was a tribute to Indian democracy that "a person from a poor family, an ordinary family is today addressing the nation from the Red Fort."
In a candid statement, he said that as an "outsider in Delhi," he is not liked by the city's elite.
"Let us take a pledge to defeat poverty," Modi said, announcing a "people wealth scheme" to ensure all Indians can have a bank account.