President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the youth on the 71st Republic Day and urged them to remain non-violent and remember Gandhi’s gift of “Ahimsa” (non-violence) when fighting for a cause.
“When fighting for a cause, people, particularly the youth, should not forget the gift of Ahimsa Gandhiji gave to humanity. Gandhiji’s talisman for deciding whether an act is right or wrong also applies to the functioning of our democracy”, says the president Ram Nath Kovind on the eve of 71st Republic Day.
The President’s address threw lights on the country-wide protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without mentioning anything directly.
On the National Television and Broadcast, President Kovind stated that “the Modern India Comprises of three organs – Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary – which are necessarily interlinked and interdependent yet, on the ground level talk the people comprises of the state ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ are the prime movers of the Republic. With us, the people of India rests the real power to decide our collective future”, he said.
In his address he emphasized the strong need for mutual cooperation between the government and the opposition parties and said they have “important roles to play”.
“Government and opposition both have important roles to play. While giving expression to their political ideas, both must move forward in tandem to ensure that the development of the country and welfare of its people are promoted consistently.”
The broadcast was in many regional languages, it was on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and was telecasted over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi as well as in the English version.
In the conclusion part of his speech he quoted Dr. B R Ambedkar: “If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgement we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives.”
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