Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country was saddened by the “insult” to the Tricolour on Republic Day, referring to the religious flag incident at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor parade. In his monthly Mann ki Baat broadcast, Modi maintained that his government is committed to “modernising” farming and has been taking many steps, amid intense protests by farmers from states like Punjab, Haryana and UP near the Delhi border against three farm reform legislations enacted by his ruling BJP government.
Modi made a brief reference to the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day which witnessed violence. “Amidst all this, the country was saddened by the insult to the Tricolour on January 26 in Delhi. We have to infuse times to come with new hope and novelty. Last year, we displayed exemplary patience and courage. This year too, we have to work hard to attain our resolves. We have to take our country forward at a faster pace,” he said. He further touched upon topics like the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the announcement of Padma award winners, and the upcoming 75th year of Independence.