Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fears 'unchecked population explosion'

Indian PM Modi Addresses Independence Day Amid Kashmir Tensions, Vows to Expose Exporters of Terror

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi fears 'unchecked population explosion'

"Small family is a patriotic duty, respect wealth creators and shun single-use plastic", he said in a series of tweets. Earlier this month, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed a decree removing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and granting the Ladakh region the status of a union territory without a legislature, which meant it would be directly controlled by the federal government. A new law allows anyone to buy land there, which some Kashmiris fear could change the region's culture and demographics.

Fire continues to be exchanged intermittently, Pakistan's armed forces said.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas matter Zulfi Bukhari, Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad and Member of UK Parliament Nazir Ahmed addressed the gathering of protesters. "I know people travel to different countries for holidays, but can we think of visiting at least 15 tourist destinations in India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of freedom", PM Modi asked citizens from the ramparts of Red Fort during his Independence speech.

Except for China, all four other permanent members of the Council have openly backed New Delhi's position that disputes between India and Pakistan are bilateral matters with the United States even saying that the Kashmir developments are an internal matter of India. This means that neither Pakistan nor India will be there.

He said "fresh thinking" was needed after seven decades of failure to ensure harmony in the region.

He said the fundamentals of the economy are strong and a stable government coupled with predictable policies can become a catalyst including in attracting other nations to invest in India.

Meanwhile, restrictions on movement and a communications blackout continued for an 11th day on Thursday in the Kashmir valley, while they were lifted from the Hindu-majority Jammu region. The revocation has caused widespread outrage in Kashmir.

"Article 370 should have been removed a long time ago, but better late than never", New Delhi businessman Amarjeet Singh said Wednesday outside the Red Fort. "Secondly, he will have a better idea with how the government deals with external and global issues and thirdly he would also be privy to how the govt is dealing with many issues like finances and internal security also", the former Air Marshal says.

"We do not believe in creating problems or prolonging them". His aim is to make India a $5 trillion (€4.5 trillion) economy within five years.

Although Kashmir took centre stage during Mr Modi's Independence Day speech, the Indian prime minister also made several other important announcements.

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