After the vigorous start up last year when he rolled out series of new initiatives setting the frantic pace for the NDA government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood up on the rampart of Red Fort on Saturday without belting out grand promises as he focused more on silencing his critics on the delivery. Also Read: PM Modi reaches out to farmers, promises measures for their welfare His 85-minute marathon speech, probably longest a prime minister spoke on this occasion, also caught attention for the notable omissions as the veterans, who had been agitating for pension parity, were left disappointed. The PM stopped short of announcing One-Rank, One-Pension (OROP), claiming it was still a work in progress even though he reassured that the principle has been accepted by the government.I-Day speech: Sartorially subdued Modi softens fiery rhetoric The prime minister, sporting a bright turban and cream-coloured kurta and jacket, completely avoided any reference to Pakistan in his speech which came as a surprise as New Delhi and Islamabad are set to be on the dialogue table within a few days looking to ease tension on the border and resurrect the ties. He also skipped any mention of the acrimonious end to a washed out Monsoon Session where the communication between the government and the Opposition broke down completely.Poison of communal frenzy, casteism have no place in India: PM Modi But the prime minister, speaking passionately on the sultry August morning, establishing a direct chord with his “125 crore Team India”, emphatically announced that his government had moved with alacrity to deal with the scourge of corruption and taken measures to change the work culture.advertisementThe prime minister said that there was not even a single corruption case against his government which implied that he summarily rejected the allegations of the Congress that has been demanding resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who reportedly helped “fugitive” Lalit Modi, the former IPL chief.The prime minister said that corruption was like a termite which needs an elaborate treatment to be wiped out. He went on to explain how his government had dealt with the issue through moves like auctions of coal, spectrum and FM radio licences. Modi pointed out that the direct transfer of LPG subsidy has saved `15,000 crore and the use of “neem-coated urea” had prevented misuse of funds.”There is a lot of talk in our country about corruption. It is like a sick person giving suggestions to others on how to remain healthy. There are people who are themselves corrupt, who give suggestions on how to deal with corruption,” the prime minister said. “Giving suggestions to each other is also an art. I want to give an account today. We have not shown our commitment to fight corruption by addressing press conferences. We are working on the ground. We have shown results,” he said.PM Modi announced that the government had already moved on bringing back black money, an issue often listed as the NDA’s failure by the Opposition.Even though the process of recovering the slush funds was long winding, the government has collective `6,500 crore of undisclosed foreign assets under the new Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. Farmers, Dalits, auto-rickshaw drivers and newspaper vendors were the focus of his speech as he reminded “125 crore Team India” to respect dignity of labour.Among the few new initiatives he announced was the plan of “Start-Up India, Stand Up India” aiming to promote entrepreneurship. The underlining theme of PM Modi’s Independence Day speech was his determination to make India a developed nation by 2022 with a house and access to basic services for all.