New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said there was no place for casteism and communalism and these social evils should be countered with development.
"Be it casteism or communalism, there is no place for them. In no way can they be tolerated," Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.
He said casteism and communalism should be fought with the "nectar of development".
Modi said that unity, simplicity and harmony are a treasure for the country, and it should never be allowed to get tainted.
There is simplicity in every Indian and there is unity in every corner of India, he said on Saturday, called it "the strength of India".
"If the unity is destroyed, the dreams will also shatter. The poison of casteism, and communalism should not be allowed to bloom," he said.
"This is Team India, a team of 125 crore Indians. This is the team that makes the nation and takes our nation to new heights," he said.
"This country has progressed due to Team India. Had the world ever thought that when so many people become a team, it takes the country to new heights and saves the country," he said.
He said the participation of people had been possible via electronic platform such as MyGov.in or letters from citizens or through his radio address Mann Ki Baat.
"Whatever we are doing and the places where we are trying to reach is due to the 125 crore strong Team India, he said.
Modi said Team India was trying to make "dreams come true".
Modi also said the Swachh Bharat campaign was his government's "biggest achievement" and praised the children and the young for being the project's "biggest brand ambassador".
"It was a unique thing for the country when I announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on last Independence Day from Red Fort. Today, I congratulate the Team India for the achievement of this abhiyaan," Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.
The prime minister paid tributes to "all those great people who laid down their lives during India's freedom struggle".