President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day. Excerpts. via Rashtrapati Bhavan:
It is a matter of great joy for me to wish all Indians, living in India and abroad, a very Happy Independence Day! This day has a special significance as it marks the beginning of the 75th year of India’s independence for which ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is being celebrated.
Now as we look back to the 75 year journey of our republic, we have reasons to be proud of the considerable distance we have travelled. Gandhiji taught us that slow and steady steps in the right direction are preferable to rapid strides in the wrong direction.
In the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, our sportspersons have brought laurels to the nation with their stellar performances.
I urge every parent to learn from the families of promising daughters and provide opportunities to their daughters also to explore avenues of growth.
The intensity of the pandemic has come down, but the coronavirus has not yet gone away. We are yet to come out of the devastating effects of its recurrence this year.
Our corona warriors, the doctors, nurses and health workers, the administrators, and others, risked everything to contain the impact of the second wave.
I urge all eligible citizens who are yet to get vaccinated to do so at the earliest and also inspire others.
It is heartening to note that an amount of Rs 23,220 crore is being spent over one year for expansion of medical facilities.
The series of agricultural marketing reforms will empower our ‘annadata’ farmers and help them get better price for their produce.
A new dawn is rising in Jammu and Kashmir. I urge the people, especially the youth, of Jammu and Kashmir to utilise this opportunity and work on realising their aspirations through democratic institutions.
Our Parliament is the temple of our democracy which provides us highest forum where we discuss, debate and decide issues for the well-being of our people. It is a matter of great pride for all Indians that our Parliament will soon be housed in a new building.
India is proud of not only adhering to the Paris climate agreement but doing more than what the country has committed to protect the climate.
I convey my profound appreciation for all covid warriors. Many of them succumbed to Covid-19. I pay homage to them.
I extend my greetings especially to the members of the armed forces, who have guarded our freedom, valiantly and gladly making supreme sacrifice when necessary.
I congratulate all of you, on the eve of India’s 75th Independence Day. While celebrating this anniversary, I cannot stop my mind from imagining a powerful, prosperous and peaceful India of 2047 when we will celebrate 100 years of our independence.
I wish that all our people come out of the difficulties caused by the Covid pandemic and move ahead on the path of happiness and prosperity.