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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 15 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hoisted the national flag and delivered the independence day speech at the Central Stadium here on Sunday.
“Today, let’s take the pledge that we will liberate our country from the shackles of poverty, caste discrimination, gender inequality, communal ideologies, sectarianism and all social injustices to recapture the meaning of freedom in all its glory,” the Chief Minister said in his Independence Day message.
As proud citizens of the largest democracy in the world, it is our duty to uphold the loftiest values and standards of democracy, the CM said.
Stating that our constitution ensures equal rights to all citizens, freedom of speech, he said it is the responsibility of each person to uphold our constitutional values.
He also recalled that the country got independence after a long freedom struggle by unknown warriors. Every August 15th reminds us that freedom and independence are inseparable from the idea of equality, he added.
The 75th Independence Day celebration here was a simple affair as part of strict guidelines issued in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pointing out that the State is going through a tough situation, he urged people to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the health department to fight against COVID.
As part of the celebration, flower petals were showered by an Indian Air Force helicopter at the stadium here. Each platoon of the BSF, the Special Armed Police, the Kerala Armed Police Battalion 5, the City Police, the Kerala Armed Women Police Battalion, the NCC Senior Division Army (Boys) and the NCC Senior Wing Army (Girls) took part in the parade.
In other districts, ministers in the respective district hoisted the national flags.
Children and senior citizens were not allowed to attend the event due to COVID protocol. Thermal scanners were installed at the entrance to check the temperature of those who came to attend the event.