Prez addresses nation on eve of I-Day

Prez addresses nation on eve of I-Day
Ram Nath Kovind
NEW DELHI, AUG 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/14/2019 12:20:34 PM IST

 India will never lose capacity to listen to feeblest voice: President

President Ram Nath Kovind said on Wednesday that India will never lose its capacity to listen to the feeblest voice; that it will never lose sight of its ancient ideals; that it will forget neither its sense of fairness nor its sense of adventure.

In his address to the nation on the eve of 73rd Independence Day, the President said it is a characteristic of Indianness to empathize with nature and with all living beings. “We Indians are a people who dare to explore the moon and Mars. We are also a people who persevere to create a loving habitat for three of every four wild tigers on our planet, because it is characteristic of Indianness to empathise with nature and with all living beings,” he said.

Reciting lines of poet Subramania Bharati in Tamil, Kovind said these reflected country’s “freedom movement and its expansive goals.”

“We will learn both scripture and science, we will explore both heavens and oceans, we will unravel the mysteries of the moon and we will sweep our streets clean too,” he said interpreting the lines.

“May those ideals and may that urge to learn and to listen and to become better, may that curiosity and may that fraternalism, always be with us. May it always bless us, and always bless India,” he added.

President Kovind also expressed confidence that scrapping provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories will be of “immense benefit” to people of those regions. Kovind said the changes made in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh recently will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.

Kovind also underlined the need for the government to build financial infrastructure in the form of a transparent, inclusive banking system, an online friendly tax system and easier access to capital for legitimate entrepreneurs.

The President observed that India has rarely been a judgemental society and rather it has had an “easy-going, live-and-let-live organising principle.” “India’s history and destiny, India’s legacy and future, are a function of coexistence and conciliation, of reform and reconciliation--of expanding our hearts and embracing the idea of others.” Kovind said he was confident India will never lose its capacity to listen to the “feeblest voice” and it will never lose sight of its ancient ideals and will forget neither its sense of fairness nor its sense of adventure.

Referring to the recently concluded session of Parliament which recorded lengthy and productive sittings, the President said many important Bills were passed, in a spirit of cross-party cooperation and constructive debate. “I am confident this is only an indicator of what the coming five years have in store. I also urge that this culture percolates to all our legislative assemblies,” he said.

Kovind also spoke about how state and society, government and citizen, must see and cooperate with each other. 

He said the baton building is about creating that optimal partnership between voters and their representatives, between citizens and their government, and between civil society and state.

“The state and the government have an important role, as a facilitator and an enabler. As such, it is critical for our key institutions and the policy makers to study and appreciate the message being sent by citizens and to be responsive to the thoughts and wishes of our people,” he said.

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