Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday delivered his address on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day at Red Fort in Delhi.
On August 15, 1947, India attained freedom from the British rule. Since then, India celebrates its Independence Day every August 15. Pakistan celebrates its Independence Day on August 14, one day before India.
Like PM Modi, the Pakistani prime minister also addressed his country. Imran Khan addressed Pakistan on Wednesday in state assembly of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). However, unlike PM Modi, Pakistan PM Imran Khan majorly targeted India, PM Modi, Kashmir, the India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) found.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in fact neither mentioned Pakistan nor Imran Khan even a single time in his entire 92 minutes speech. In fact, PM Modi gave his wishes to Afghanistan, who is going to celebrate its 100th Independence Day on August 19.
What Imran Khan’s speech mentioned
Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s Independence Day speech mostly centred around Kashmir and his angst against Prime Minister Narendra Modi also came out.
The most frequent word in Imran Khan’s speech was ‘ideology’. Khan mentioned this word 23 times.
‘Kashmir’ followed ‘ideology’ where Imran Khan mentioned it 20 times. ‘Kashmir’ was followed by people (14). But here’s a twist. Instead of referring people of Pakistan, Imran Khan referred to the people of ‘Kashmir’ around 17-18 times in his speech.
Imran Khan mentioned the word ‘Pakistan’ around 12 times which is quite less than the number of times he mentioned Kashmir. This was not the case with PM Modi who said India more than any other geographical territory he mentioned.
Apart from mentioning Kashmir, Imran Khan also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and compared their ideology with the Hitler’s Nazi government.
This is why, India was mentioned 11 times, very close to the times Imran Khan mentioned Pakistan. RSS finds 10 mentions, Modi finds seven mentions and Nazi found six mentions.
Imran Khan also tweeted about the same on Wednesday.
This is the RSS ideology that threatens not just Kashmiris or Pakistan or even just Indian Muslims, Christians & Dalits but India itself as envisaged by its Founding Fathers. https://t.co/Xn1ctcBrWJ
Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 14, 2019
While comparing the RSS ideology with the Nazi ideology, Imran Khan shared Madras Courier’s editor-in-chief – Shrenik Rao’s opinion headlined, “Hitler’s Hindus: The Rise and Rise of India’s Nazi-loving Nationalists”.
What PM Modi’s speech was all about
The word which had the maximum frequency in PM Modi’s speech was ‘citizens’. He said this word 47 times in his entire speech. ‘Citizens’ was followed by freedom (30), water (30), poor (17), terrorism (16), farmers (15), Article 370 (14), tourism (13) and Army (10).
All the words that found high frequency in his speech also came up with PM Modi’s vision around them. For instance, ‘water’ was mentioned a lot of times when he spoke about the mission of making drinking water accessible to all through mission Jal Jeevan, for which around Rs 3.5 lakh crore will be spent.
Similarly, PM Modi’s schemes for poor, giving due respect to the people surviving poverty and listing the welfare schemes from which the poor benefited made the word ‘poor’ appear 17 times.
Abrogation of Article 370 and 35A was spoken in length. PM Modi also urged the Indians to visit at least 15 domestic tourist destinations by 2022. Thus tourism found high number of mentions this time.
PM Modi mentioned how terror had disturbed not only India, but its neighbours as well. However, he refrained from naming Pakistan in his speech. He did not even talk about the country’s PM Imran Khan.