For the third year in a row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to deliver his Independence Day address from an open air podium instead of from behind a bullet proof glass.
Overruling strong objections from his security detail, Modi had shunned the bullet-proof enclosure to “connect directly” with people during his maiden Independence Day speech as PM from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort in 2014.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 15, 2016
He had decided to opt out of the enclosure last year as well.
After Indira Gandhi’s assassination, the bullet-proof glass had become a tradition and all Prime Ministers since then had addressed the nation from behind the glass.
The bullet-resistant enclosure first came up on Republic Day in 1985 when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.
It became a permanent fixture until VP Singh opted for a half enclosure for the Independence Day in 1990. The screen was raised body-high again the next year for PM PV Narasimha Rao.