New Delhi, Aug 15: President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the nation on 72nd Independence Day.
President stated the country is at the cusp of achieving many long-awaited goals, insisting that contentious issues and extraneous debates should not be allowed to distract us at a "pivotal moment".
President Kovind hails the role of freedom fighters who fought for India's Independence against British rule.
In his televised address to the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Independence Day, Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi's "most noble mantra" on the power of 'ahinsa'(non-violence) being far greater than the power of 'hinsa' (violence), remarks that come against the backdrop of incidents of lynching and mob violence in some parts of the country.
Touching upon a range of issues, the president also said women were entitled to a life of their choice and security to fulfill their potential, amid concerns over their privacy and safety.
Women have a special significance in our society. They should have the freedom to choose their path, whether they want to use their skills in the development of house, in the workforce, or in educational institutions.
"Our farmers grow food for tens of thousands of fellow citizens whom they have not individually met and will never meet.
They are upholding our freedom by ensuring food security and nutrition for our children.As we assist our farmers by providing access to technology and other facilities for enhanced productivity and enhanced incomes, we live up to the principles of our freedom struggle," Mr.Kovind tweeted.
On the eve of India's 72nd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi's mantra on non-violence. "The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and hinsa has no place in the society," he said.
President Kovind's remarks assume significance as it comes at a time when the country is witnessing incidents of mob violence and lynching. He also touched upon various others issues ranging from the contribution of women and freedom fighters to farmers and police and armed forces.
With those words, I once again wish you and your families all the best for Independence Day and best wishes for a bright future.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 14, 2018
Jai Hind !