President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation on the eve of 68th Republic Day

In the backdrop of intensifying row and violence over Padmaavat, President Ram Nath Kovind on on the eve of Republic Day called for a “civic-minded” social order where one can disagree with opinions even which had a historical background without mocking the other person’s self-respect.

Civic conscious nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages. Where we revere the next-door individual’s privacy and rights. Where we do not trouble our neighbours – while celebrating a festival or when resort to a protest or on any other event.

Where one can debate with another on a viewpoint – or even with a historical setting – without mocking a fellow citizen’s self-respect and personal space. This is fraternity in action, the President added in his first Republic Day-eve address to the nation.

Kovind also pointed out that institutes should be “disciplined and morally upright”, in addition they are always “more important” than the persons in office. The institutes should also esteem their “fraternal relationship” with other institutes, he said.

In his address, the President emphasized the struggle of millions of people led by Mahatma Gandhi in getting independence of the country which was tracked by writing the Constitution for the country.

He said that the country cannot be content without meeting the rudimentary needs and essential dignity of our under privileged people.

He referred to those from a less privileged socio-economic background, from the weaker communities and from families that still live at the edge of poverty. He emphasised that it is our sacred obligation to eliminate the curse of poverty in the shortest possible time. This is not negotiable for the Republic.

Observing that the “promise of a developed India beckons us”, Kovind said this is the new stage of our nation building project on which we have embarked. “This is the Republic that our young people need to take forward and enhance – in keeping with their vision, their ambition and their ideals. And their vision, ambition and ideals.”

Calling for reforms, upgradation and enlarging the education system, the President said over 60 per cent of the country’s population are below the age of 35. “It is in them that our hopes lie. We have made strides in spreading literacy; now we must expand the frontiers of education and of knowledge. Our aspiration must be to reform, upgrade and enlarge our education system – and to make it relevant to 21st century realities of the digital economy, genomics, robotics and automation…”

Highest stage of India’s nation building project is to contribute to building a better, amalgamated and cohesive world at peace with itself and at peace with landscape which is the ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – of the World being One Family, he said.

Sources: NDTV, The Hindu

Feedback welcome!