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Don’t let contentious issues distract us: President Kovind’s I-day message to nation

By Deepika
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New Delhi, Aug 14: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday asserted that contentious issues and extraneous debates should not be allowed to distract us at a "pivotal moment" when the country is at the cusp of achieving many long-awaited goals.

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.

 Ram Nath Kovind

Touching upon a range of issues, the president also said women were entitled to a life of their choice and security to fulfil their potential, amid concerns over their privacy and safety.

President Ram Nath Kovind addresses Nation on Eve of India's 72nd Independence Day: Full Text

Emphasising that Independence Day is always special, Kovind said this year there is an unusual significance attached to it as in a few weeks, on October 2, India will begin the commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. "Mahatma Gandhi Everywhere, across continents, Gandhiji is mentioned, cherished and remembered as an icon for all humanity. He is the embodiment of India," the president said.

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Highlights from President Kovind's speech on eve of Independence Day

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7:57 PM, 14 Aug
President Kovind said Independence Day is always special, but this year there is an unusual significance attached to it as in a few weeks, on October 2, India will begin the commemoration of the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. "Mahatma Gandhi Everywhere, across continents, Gandhiji is mentioned, cherished and remembered as an icon for all humanity. He is the embodiment of India," the president said.
7:57 PM, 14 Aug
"We are at a juncture in our history that is very different from any period we have so far experienced. We are at the cusp of achieving many of our long-awaited goals. Universal access to electricity, the elimination of open defecation, the elimination of homelessness, the very elimination of extreme poverty is achievable and attainable. We are at a pivotal moment. Let contentious issues and extraneous debates not distract us," Kovind said.
7:51 PM, 14 Aug
The citizens who wait in a queue for their turn and respect the rights of those standing in front of them, create the India of the dreams of freedom fighters. This is a very small effort. Let us make it a part of our lives: President Ram Nath Kovind.
7:48 PM, 14 Aug
India belongs to the people of India, not just to the Government. Together we can help every citizen in our country. Together we can conserve our forests and natural heritage, we can safeguard our monuments for future generations: President Ram Nath Kovind.
7:46 PM, 14 Aug
When we provide better weapons for soldiers, develop supply-chains for defence equipment in our country itself, and offer welfare facilities to the soldiers, we create India of the dreams of our freedom fighters, says President.
7:45 PM, 14 Aug
We are lucky that we have had the mantle of great patriots. They have assigned us a free India. they have also entrusted some of the things we will accomplish together. We have to do all we do to develop the country: Kovnd.
7:45 PM, 14 Aug
After three decades, we will celebrate 100 years of our Independence. We will have to work harder, and faster, to be leaders globally, says Kovind.
7:43 PM, 14 Aug
We have to give new dimensions to independence. We have to make such efforts which will give new avenues to the nation and countrymen: President Kovind
7:43 PM, 14 Aug
This day is also the day to take a pledge to conclude the remaining work in nation-building. Our talented youth will definitely fulfil it, says the President.
7:43 PM, 14 Aug
Our national flag is a representation of our nation. Independence of India was a result of the sacrifice of freedom fighters and ancestors: President Ram Nath Kovind
7:40 PM, 14 Aug
Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi's 'most noble mantra' on the power of 'ahinsa'(non-violence) being far greater than the power of 'hinsa' (violence).
7:39 PM, 14 Aug
Let contentious issues and extraneous debates not distract us, says President Ram Nath Kovind
7:36 PM, 14 Aug
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: President Ram Nath Kovind.
7:32 PM, 14 Aug
President Ram Nath Kovind begins addressing the nation on the eve of the 72nd Independence Day. He pays tribute to martyrs.

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