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President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation on Monday on the eve of demitting office. He will be succeeded by the President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, who will be sworn-in on Tuesday in New Delhi.
Pranab Mukherjee, who took over from Pratibha Patil was the 13th President of the country. In his farewell speech on Sunday, Mukherjee hailed India’s democracy and Parliament in particular, and urged lawmakers to “debate, discuss and dissent”. He also thanked the Parliament for “creating” him.
Highlights of the final address
7:45 PM: When I speak to you tomorrow, I will speak as a normal citizen- a pilgrim like all of you in India’s onward march towards glory
7:44PM: Words cannot express my gratitude of the people and their representatives for the highest honour. However, I also know that the highest honour lies in being a citizen.
7:42 PM: Eradication of poverty would provide a strong boost to happiness;Social inclusion would ensure access to the fruits of progress to all
7:41 PM: Financial inclusion is also must. We must empower the poorest of the poor and ensure that the fruits of our policies reach the last person in the line.
7:40PM: Must uplift our education system. Education system can taken us to golden age. Creative thinking, innovation and scientific temper have to be promoted in our institutions of higher learning
7.38 PM: A lot of violence is seen today. We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal
7.37 PM: For development to be real, the poorest of the land must feel that they are a part of the nation’s narrative
7.36 PM: I have received much more from the country than I have given; for that, I will remain ever indebted to people of India. How successful I was in discharging my responsibilities will be judged, over time, by the critical lens of history
7.35PM: Multiplicity in faith, culture is what makes India great. We derive our strength from tolerance; it has been part of our collective consciousness for centuries.
7.33 PM: Learned a lot during my tenure as a Parliamentarian.
7.32 PM: My temple has been the Parliament of India, my passion has been the service of the people
7.30 PM: President Pranab Mukherjee extends best wishes to Ram Nath Kovind