Ram Nath Kovind’s speeches: A glimpse into how articulate NDA’s presidential candidate is

While past presidents of the country have largely deviated from making strong political speeches, Ram Nath Kovind, who has stayed out of the media limelight and never once indulged in ideological clashes with Nitish Kumar, is expected to toe a similar line.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 20, 2017 5:38 pm
ram nath kovind, ramnath kovind president, ram nath kovind video, ram nath kovind speech, ram nath kovind online video, ram nath kovind youtube, next president New Delhi: Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind meets BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday. Kovind was on Monday announced as NDA’s presidential nominee. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

If one searches for public speeches of the NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind online, there are not a lot of videos one would find. There are hardly four or five, most of which were probably made after he was appointed the Governor of Bihar in 2015. This perhaps explains why Kovind is seen as a ‘low-profile leader’ even within the BJP of which he has been a member for decades. But there is a common thread in these videos – the fact that the Governor is articulate and coherent in his addresses and fluent in both the languages of Hindi and English.

In one of the speeches, Kovind, a Dalit leader from the Koli community in Uttar Pradesh, echoes the thoughts of Dr. BR Ambedkar when he talks about women empowerment in the country. Speaking in Hindi, the Bihar Governor quoted Ambedkar saying that even when women, who formed half of the population of the country, were given voting rights, they had no claims to hereditary rights in the ancestral property.

In another video, the Bihar Governor is seen giving an address after inaugurating a new building of the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library in Patna, Bihar. In a short address, punctuated by claps from the audience, Kovind is seen talking about the importance of books and libraries in the world. He quotes Jorge Luis Borges saying, ‘I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.’

There is also a video of Kovind, then a Rajya Sabha MP of the BJP in 2000, explaining why he supports the Companies Amendment Bill. The MP, in a brief summation, goes on to dissect the amendments of the bill in a coherent manner.

At yet another event, Kovind was seen talking quite extensively about youth power and how to exploit effectively the demographic dividend in the country. “Young people not only know how to dream, but they also know how to realize their dream,” he says to cheers from the applause.

While past presidents of the country have largely deviated from making strong political speeches, Kovind, who has stayed out of the media limelight and never once indulged in ideological clashes with Nitish Kumar, is expected to toe a similar line. But similar to Pranab Mukherjee, who did time and again lecture on the values of tolerance and equality, the country could hear something similar from a President Kovind too.

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    Truth
    Jun 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm
    Articulate---perhaps not-----but better than Pratibha Patil, and thankfully no nautankibaaz like Modi-Shah !
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      Antony
      Jun 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm
      You and your hateful comments. You and your kom Islam divided India twice. No wonder.
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        Truth
        Jun 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
        Only trolls like you and your masters have the liberty to divide the country.......we are ordinary citizens paying the toll !
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        Raja
        Jun 21, 2017 at 5:47 am
        Dear Truth: I agree with you.
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          Truth
          Jun 21, 2017 at 9:45 am
          🙏🏼
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        RAJKISHORE HOTA
        Jun 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm
        RAM NATH KOVIND IS NOMINATED AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FROM NDA.OUR PM NARENDRA MODI HAS CLEVER IN EVERY THING ,HERE ALSO HE CHOSE A DALIT ,LEARNED LAWYER IN HIGH COURT AND SUPREME COURT,WAS ACTIVE POLITICES AS RAJYA SABHA MEMBER ,NOW THE GOVERNOR OF BIHAR ,RESIGNED FROM THAT POST TO FILE NOMINATION ON 23 JUNE.CONGRATULATIONS.
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          Mohan
          Jun 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm
          A person who may hold the highest office in the country only because of his merit. Good Luck Sir !
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