Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed 2017 a special year and urged to take the country ahead with determination to create a “New India”.

“This is a special year. This year we are celebrating 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, 100th anniversary of Champaran Satyagraha and 125th anniversary of Ganesh Utsav,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the nation from the Red Fort on the 71st Independence Day.

“We have to take the country ahead with the determination for creating a New India,” he added.

Recalling the combined efforts made between 1942 and 1947 to gain freedom, the Prime Minister appealed to the citizens to show similar power, effort and determination for the next five years to help the country progress.