“His quest for equality & justice is the mantra for our Republic. I am glad to see the younger generations re-discover Gandhiji,” President Kovind said in his address.
President Ramnath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of 73rd Independence day.
“It gives me great pleasure to greet all the people of India, living in the country and abroad, on the eve of the 74th Independence Day. The youth of India should feel special pride in being citizens of a free nation,” President Kovind said at the beginning of his address.
He also said that our visionary leaders brought together a diversity of worldviews to forge a common national spirit. “They were committed to the cause of liberating Bharat Mata from oppressive foreign rule and securing the future of her children,” the president added.
“We are fortunate that Mahatma Gandhi became the guiding light of our freedom movement. His quest for equality & justice is the mantra for our Republic. I am glad to see the younger generations re-discover Gandhiji,” President Kovind said in his address.
While talking about the coronavirus pandemic and the response, the president said, “The nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of our fight against this virus. Unfortunately, many of them have lost their lives battling the pandemic. They are our national heroes.”
Talking about the cyclone Amphan that hit West Bengal and Odisha amid onslaughts of disaster, President Kovind said it is gratifying to see all sections of society coming together to help those in distress.
The President also went on to list the various welfare schemes implemented by the government to help people amid the crisis.
He also said that Indian Railways has been operating train services, in these challenging circumstances, to facilitate travel and transportation of people and goods.
“The overwhelming support India got at the elections for the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council is a testimony to the goodwill we enjoy internationally,” President Kovind added.
Amplifying Prime Minister Modi’s Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) India approach, Prez Kovind said, “India’s self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world. It implies that India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity.”
Talking about the new NEP, the president said, “The ‘National Education Policy’ spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact. It will strengthen the culture of ‘Inclusion’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Institution’ in the sphere of education.”
Commenting on the Ram Janmabhoomi ground-breaking ceremony that took place in Ayodhya on Aug 5, President Kovind said, “People of the country maintained restraint and patience for a long time and reposed unflinching trust in the judicial system.”
Talking about the Galwan clash on June 15, in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives, President Kovind said, “While the world community needs to fight together against the greatest challenge before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out misadventure of expansion. Our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending our borders.”
“The entire nation salutes the martyrs of Galwan valley,” the president said.
He also expressed the belief that India has a lot to offer to the global community, especially for intellectual and spiritual enrichment and promotion of world peace.