In I-Day speech, Modi lists 5 pledges for next 25 years

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the nation to develop hatred towards corruption and those indulging in that vice, and towards nepotism to move towards a new India with a firm resolve.

Modi, 71, also urged people to take five pledges in the next 25 years - making India a developed nation, removing every trace of bondage, taking pride in the country's heritage, unity, and fulfilling their duties.

In his 82-minute address, Modi said gender equality is the key to a united India as he stressed the need to extend support to 'Nari Shakti', adding respect for women is an important pillar for India's growth.

He said in this 'Amrit Kaal', every Indian is aspiring to see the fast progress of a new India with enthusiasm and impatience.

Modi said India will have to move ahead with big goals to fulfil the vision of a developed India in the centenary year of its Independence.