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President Ram Nath Kovind in his farewell message


He said visiting his home during his tenure was a memorable moment. (Case)

New Delhi:

Mother nature is in agony and the climate crisis may endanger the very future of this planet, outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind said in his farewell address to the nation on Sunday as he called on all to protect the environment for future generations.

Emphasizing that the country is gearing up to make the 21st century “the century of India”, Ram Nath Kovind stressed the importance of health care and education and said that these, along with the reforms economic, would allow citizens to pursue happiness by discovering their potential.

President-elect Draupadi Murmu will be sworn in as the country’s 15th president on Monday.

In his final televised address to the nation, Ram Nath Kovind said, “The pandemic has underscored the need to further improve public health infrastructure. I am pleased that the government has given this task top priority.

“Once education and health care are in place, economic reforms will allow citizens to find the best course for their lives,” he said, adding that “I strongly believe that our country will team to make the 21st century the century of India”.

He said the national education policy will go a long way in enabling young Indians to connect with their heritage and find their bearings in the 21st century.

The President made special mention of the threat to the environment and asked all citizens to take care of it for future generations.

“Mother Nature is in agony and the climate crisis may endanger the very future of this planet. We must take care of our environment, our land, our air and our water for the sake of our children.

“In our daily life and our routine choices, we must be more careful to protect our trees, rivers, seas and mountains as well as all other living beings. As a first citizen, if I have to give advice to my fellow citizens, it must be that,” he added.

President Ram Nath Kovind also hailed the trinity of ideals of liberty, equality and brotherhood, saying they should not be confused with abstractions as they are “high, noble and uplifting”.

“Our history, not only of modern times but also of ancient times, reminds us that they are real; that they can be done, and indeed have been done at different times.

“Our ancestors and founders of our modern nation exemplified the sense of justice, liberty, equality and brotherhood with hard work and an attitude of service. We have only to follow in their footsteps and keep walking,” he said.

And what do these ideals mean for an ordinary citizen today? asked Ram Nath Kovind.

“I believe that the main objective is to make them discover the joy of living. For this, we must first take care of their basic needs”, underlined the president.

During his address, the President went into the past to emphasize the inherent power of vibrant democratic institutions.

Ram Nath Kovind recalled his early days when the country had just gained independence and said, “There was a new wave of energy to rebuild the country; there were new dreams. I too had a dream, that one day I could participate in a meaningful way in this nation building exercise”.

“A young boy living in a mud house could have had no idea of ​​the highest constitutional office of the Republic. But it is a testament to the strength of Indian democracy that it has created avenues for every citizen to participate in shaping our collective destiny.

“If this Ram Nath Kovind from the village of Paraunkh speaks to you today, it is only because of the inherent power of our vibrant democratic institutions,” he said.

“we just have to follow in their footsteps and keep walking”.

The president said the nation was working to provide better housing and access to clean water and electricity for every family.

“This change has been made possible by the dynamics of development and good governance that knows no discrimination,” he said.

Ram Nath Kovind said that the official map of the democratic path “which we have all taken was drawn up by the Constituent Assembly” and that the Constitution which it prepared, with the invaluable contributions of each of them, was our guide.

“The values ​​enshrined therein have been part of the Indian ethos since time immemorial,” the outgoing president said, quoting Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar’s closing remarks to the Constituent Assembly, where he emphasized the distinction between political democracy and social democracy.

“What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life that recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as principles of life.

“These principles of liberty, equality and brotherhood should not be treated as separate elements in a trinity. They form a union of trinity in the sense that to divorce one from the other is to go to the defeats the very purpose of democracy,” said Ram Nath Kovind. quoted Ambedkar as having said.

President Ram Nath Kovind said that in modern times, the glorious journey of the country began with the awakening of nationalist sentiments under colonial rule and the launching of the struggle for freedom.

“There were many uprisings across the country in the 19th century. The names of many heroes who brought hope for a new dawn have long been forgotten.

“The contributions of some of them have only been appreciated in recent times. At the turn of the century, the different struggles came together, creating a new consciousness,” he said.

When Gandhiji returned to the homeland in 1915, nationalist fervor was gaining ground, said Ram Nath Kovind, mentioning Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru and Syama Prasad Mookerjee among others.

“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 mankind have so many great minds come together for a common cause “, did he declare.

Expressing deep gratitude to all his fellow citizens and elected officials, Ram Nath Kovind said he has been inspired and energized by interactions with farmers and workers in small villages, teachers who shape young minds, artists who enrich our heritage, scholars who study various facets of our country and our affairs. people who create wealth for the nation.

He also mentioned the doctors and nurses serving the people, the scientists and engineers engaged in nation-building, the judges and lawyers contributing to the country’s justice delivery system, and the civil servants who run the administration. smoothly “’Our social workers are actively connecting every social segment with development, preachers and masters of all sects who keep the flow of spirituality in Indian society – you all have continuously assisted me in accomplishing my duties,” he said. -he declares.

“In short, I received the full cooperation, support and blessings of all sections of society. I will especially cherish the occasions when I had the opportunity to meet our brave jawans from the armed forces, forces paramilitaries and police. Their patriotic zeal is as incredible as it is inspiring,” the president said.

Referring to his interaction with the Indian diaspora during his visits abroad, Ram Nath Kovind said he found their love and concern for the motherland very touching.

“All of this reaffirms the belief that the nation is after all made up of its citizens; and with each of you striving to make India better and better, the great future of the nation is assured,” he said.

Ram Nath Kovind said one of the most memorable moments of his life was visiting his house during his tenure and touching the feet of his teachers in Kanpur to seek their blessings.

“This year the Prime Minister also honored my Paraunkh village with his visit. This connection to our roots has been the essence of India. I would ask the younger generation to carry on this tradition of keeping in touch with their village or its city, its schools and teachers,” said the president.

Affirming that he discharged his responsibilities to the best of his abilities and was conscious of being the successor of great icons like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S Radhakrishnan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Ram Nath Kovind said, “Yet whenever I was in doubt, I turned to Gandhiji and his famous talisman.”

“His advice to remember the face of the poorest man and ask me if the step I am about to take will be of any use to him. At the risk of repeating myself, I will urge you to contemplate life and Gandhi’s teachings at least for a few minutes every day,” he said.

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