Youngsters are susceptible to the coronavirus an infection and so, in view of the containment measures adopted for the occasion, they didn’t participate within the celebrations this 12 months, which have been considerably scaled down because of the COVID-19 scenario.
“At the moment, our kids should not right here with us. The coronavirus pandemic has halted all of us,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in his deal with from the ramparts of the Crimson Fort.
Everybody felt their absence as youngsters clap and cheer loudly all through the occasion, however this time, it was a quite quiet affair consistent with the COVID-19 security protocols.
Whereas there have been a couple of college college students from the upper courses among the many NCC cadets who took half within the celebrations, they too stated the absence of the kids may very well be felt.
Well-liked amongst youngsters, Modi has a penchant to work together with the group at a detailed distance, particularly the kids, and yearly on the Independence Day celebrations, he invariably breaks the safety protocol to shake palms with the kids, who wait to fulfill and greet him with bated breath.
Scores of faculty youngsters add youthful vitality to the grand occasion yearly, however amid the coronavirus scare, they weren’t current on the event this 12 months.
Sporting a saffron and cream headgear with a half-sleeve kurta and a churidar, the prime minister delivered his seventh consecutive Independence Day speech that lasted for 86 minutes, throughout which he unveiled his imaginative and prescient of an “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” to make India a world manufacturing hub.
The grand annual occasion was scaled down this 12 months consistent with the protection protocols to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus that has wreaked havoc the world over.
Numerous seats throughout all enclosures remained empty.