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India cheers 75 years of independence, recalls partition 'horrors'

Modi promises developed nation in 25 years; Pakistan claims 'hypocrisy'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the crowd after addressing the nation during Independence Day celebrations in Delhi on Aug. 15.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday marked the country's 75th independence anniversary with a rallying cry for the next 25 years, stressing the need to root out corruption and nepotism on the way to becoming a developed nation.

Addressing the country in Hindi from the ramparts of Delhi's historic Red Fort, Modi said the next quarter century will be "extremely important" for achieving five pledges: attaining the goal of "a developed India, removing any traces of a colonial mindset, taking pride in our roots, striving for unity, and [instilling] a sense of duty among citizens."

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