Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of demitting office. Read on to find out about the important highlights from his speech.
Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind. (File photo)
Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of demitting office. 76-year-old Kovind completed his five-year tenure on June 24. He is the second person from the Dalit community and the first person from Uttar Pradesh to have served as the President of India. He was preceded by Pranab Mukherjee and will be succeeded by President-elect Droupadi Murmu.
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HERE ARE THE TOP QUOTES FROM HIS SPEECH:
-“If Ram Nath Kovind from village Paraunkh is addressing you today, it is solely thanks to the inherent power of our vibrant democratic institutions.”
-“Among the most memorable moments of my life has been visiting my home during my term and touching the feet of my teachers at Kanpur to seek their blessings. The connection with our roots has been the essence of India. I would request the younger generation to continue this tradition of being connected with their village or town, their schools and teachers.”
-“There were many uprisings across the country in the nineteenth century. The names of many of the heroes who brought hopes of a new dawn have long been forgotten. Contributions of some of them have come to be appreciated only in recent times. From Tilak and Gokhale to Bhagat Singh and Netaji, from Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee to Sarojini Naidu and Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay nowhere in the history of humankind have so many great minds come together for a common cause.”
-“Our forefathers and the builders of our modern nation had realized the ideals of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity through their hard work and spirit of service. We just have to follow in their footsteps and keep moving forward.”
-“In his concluding remarks in the Constituent Assembly before the Constitution was adopted, Dr. Ambedkar had pointed out the distinction between the two kinds of democracy. He had said we must not be content with mere political democracy.”
-“I firmly believe that our country is getting equipped to make the 21st century, the century of India.”
-“Mother Nature is in deep agony and the climate crisis could endanger the very future of this planet. We must take care of our environment, our land, air, and water, for the sake of our children.”
— ENDS —