The Constitution wants us to secure justice for all citizens of India. How far have we succeeded when compared to this ideal? : President Kovind at the valedictory function of the Constitution Day Celebrations

Rashtrapati Bhavan:

“Constitution Day is a great festival of our democracy. It is a day to reiterate our debt to the known and unknown men and women who made it possible for us to lead our lives in a free republic. It is also a day to reiterate our commitment to keep walking on the path they forged for us”, said the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

He was delivering the valedictory address at the Constitution Day Celebrations, being organised by the Supreme Court of India to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India in New Delhi today (November 27, 2021).

The President said that the Constitution is the roadmap of our collective journey. At the core of it are Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The Preamble expands the notion of justice to include its social, economic and political aspects. That is what the Constitution wants us to secure for all citizens of India.

Justice is the critical fulcrum around which democracy revolves. It gets further strengthened if the three institutions of the state – the judiciary, the legislature and the executive – are in a harmonious existence. In the Constitution each institution has its defined space within which it functions.

The President said that in Indian tradition, judges are imagined as a model of rectitude and detachment more akin to ‘sthitpragya’. We have a rich history of legions of such judges known for their utterances full of sagacity and conduct beyond reproach, which have become hallmarks for the future generations.

He was happy to note that the Indian judiciary has been adhering to those highest standards. He said that there is no doubt that the judiciary has set for itself a high bar. Hence, it is also incumbent upon the judges to exercise utmost discretion in their utterances in the courtrooms. Indiscreet remarks, even if made with good intention, give space for dubious interpretations to run down the judiciary.

The President said that we are legatees of an illustrious history in which legal luminaries not only shaped the national movement but also created a prototype of a selfless public figure. Right from the beginning, the judiciary consistently conformed to those highest standards of conduct while discharging its responsibility.

In people’s view, it is the most trusted institution. He said that it pains him no end, therefore, to note that of late there have been cases of some disparaging remarks against the judiciary made on social media platforms.

These platforms have worked wonderfully to democratise information, yet they have a dark side too. The anonymity granted by them is exploited by some miscreants. He expressed hope that this is an aberration and it will be short-lived. He said that he wondered what could be behind this phenomenon. He asked if we can collectively examine the reasons behind it for the sake of a healthy society.

Speaking about the cost of justice, the President said that in a developing country like ours, a very small section of the citizens can afford to knock on the doors of the court of justice. From lower courts to the Supreme Court, it becomes increasingly difficult for an average citizen to seek redressal of grievances. He said that there are individuals and also institutions that offer pro bono services.

The Supreme Court too has taken praiseworthy steps in this direction. He wished to see increased access to legal aid and advisory services for all. He said that it can take the form of a movement or the form of a better institutionalised mechanism.

Pointing to the long pendency of cases, the President said that all stakeholders appreciate the enormity of this challenge and its implications. He said that he knew much has been written about it, and pertinent suggestions have been made to address the issue.

Yet, the debate continues and the pendency keeps increasing too. Ultimately, the citizens and organisations that have grievances bear the brunt.

The issue of pendency has ramifications for economic growth and development too. It is high time all stakeholders find a way out by keeping national interest above all. Technology can be a great ally in this process. He noted that the Supreme Court has taken numerous initiatives in this regard.

The pandemic has hastened the adoption of information and communication technology in the domain of the judiciary. He expressed confidence that young minds in this field would further propel the use of computers and the internet to serve the cause of justice and to serve the citizens.

It is not every day that President comes as a customer to a shop: Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan:

It is not every day that President comes as a customer to a shop.

President Kovind while remembering his roots as a common man visited a snack shop and interacted with locals.

He leisurely strolled at the elegant and historic Ridge taking tourists and locals by surprise.

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: President Kovind

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.

The Madras legislature became the fountainhead of many progressive legislations which were subsequently replicated across the country: President Kovind

Excerpts of President Kovind’s address at the commemoration of the 100th year of the Madras Legislative Council, via Rashtrapati Bhavan:

I am glad to be among you here today on this historic occasion. Today, I have just unveiled the portrait of ‘Kalaignar’ Thiru M. Karunanidhi. It is indeed a momentous day! We are commemorating the centenary of the Madras Legislative Council, as it was known then.

The Madras Legislative Council enacted many forward-looking legislations and also underwent many changes in its early decades. That spirit of democracy remains the guiding light of the state legislature.

The Madras legislature became the fountainhead of many progressive legislations which were subsequently replicated across the country to empower the weaker sections of society and strengthen democracy.

The Madras legislature had sown seeds of a fully representative democratic form of governance which were realised after Independence.

President of India Lays Wreath at Dagger War Memorial, Baramulla on Occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas

Ministry of Defence:

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind visited Baramulla as a Chief Guest on the 22nd anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.

The President of India was accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Shri Manoj Sinha and Lieutenant General DP Pandey, General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps.

He paid homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of Indian Armed Forces personnel during Kargil conflict in 1999 by laying wreath at the Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla in a solemn ceremony. 

The President was received by Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commanding Baramulla Division and was briefed about the town’s history highlighting the contribution of the town in various operations post-independence.

The President of India thereafter interacted with the soldiers of Baramulla Division and wished them luck for all future endeavors.

After visiting Baramulla, the President of India proceeded to Gulmarg and visited the High Altitude Warfare School. He was briefed on the various facets of training being carried out at the High Altitude Warfare School.

Nostalgic moments at every turn!..

Driving down several streets (and many a memory lane) in his native village Paraunkh, President Ram Nath Kovind’s motorcade reached his ancestral home that is now donated for public use and converted into a community centre (Milan Kendra).

Nostalgic moments at every turn!

President Kovind will embark on a journey to Kanpur on a special Presidential train from Safdarjung railway station in Delhi

President’s Secretariat:

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will embark on a journey to Kanpur on a special Presidential train on June 25 from Safdarjung railway station in Delhi.

The train will make two stop-overs, at Jhinjhak and Rura of Kanpur Dehat, where the President will interact with his old acquaintances from his school days and from early days of his social service.

The two stop-overs are close to the President’s birthplace, village Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat, where two functions to felicitate him are scheduled on June 27. As he boards the train, the President will be traveling down the memory lane that will cover a span of seven decades of his life right from his childhood to holding the top constitutional position in the country.

This is the first time that the President will visit his birthplace after taking over his present assignment. Though he desired to visit the place earlier, plans could not materialize because of the pandemic.

His choice of the mode of journey, by train, is in line with the tradition of a number of Presidents who took to train journey to connect with people in various parts of the country.

It would be after a gap of 15 years that an incumbent President will make a train journey. The last time a President travelled by train was in 2006 when Dr APJ Abdul Kalam boarded a special train from Delhi to Dehradun to attend a passing out parade of cadets at the Indian Military Academy (IMA).

Records show that the country’s first president, Dr Rajendra Prasad, often undertook train journeys. Soon after taking office as the President, he visited his birthplace, Ziradei in Siwan district, during his visit to Bihar. He boarded the President’s special train from Chhapra to reach Ziradei where he spent three days. He travelled across the country by train.

Dr Prasad’s successors also preferred train journeys to connect with the people of the country.

On June 28, the President will board the train at Kanpur Central railway station to reach Lucknow for his two-day visit to the state capital. On June 29, he will return to New Delhi on a special flight.