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President’s I-Day eve speech HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Recent changes in J&K, Ladakh will be of immense benefit to those regions’

President Ram Nath Kovind Independence Day 2019 Speech HIGHLIGHTS: The address will be broadcast from 7 pm on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in Hindi followed by the English version.

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of 73rd Independence Day. (File)

President Ram Nath Kovind Independence Day 2019 Speech HIGHLIGHTS: Addressing the nation on the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed that the decision to form two new Union territories will benefit the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

President Kovind mentioned several decisions taken by the Cabinet and noted, “It is critical for our key institutions and the policymakers to study and appreciate the message being sent by citizens and to be responsive to the thoughts and wishes of our people.” He also expressed his happiness over the functioning of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the recently concluded Parliament session.

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi, President said, “his vision is relevant even today. He believed that we could use the resources of nature and the environment with discretion.”

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort at 7 am. That will be his first Independence Day address after the BJP returned to power with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha polls.

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President Ram Nath Kovind to address the nation on the 73rd Independence Day eve at 7 pm. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here

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President Ram Nath Kovind: "I am confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They 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. These include progressive, egalitarian laws and provisions related to the Right to Education; accessing public information through the Right to Information; reservations in education and employment and other facilities for traditionally deprived communities; and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq."

Full Text of President’s speech on eve of I-Day

We are people who dare to explore Moon and Mars: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind: "I say this with the confidence and belief 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." 

"We 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," says the President. 

Encourage young especially in classroom: President Ram Nath Kovind

Presidnet Ram Nath Kovind: "This spirit of cooperation is what we bring to our diplomatic endeavours as well, as we gladly share our experiences and our strengths with partner countries in every continent."

"The greatest gift we can give our young and our coming generations is to encourage and institutionalise a culture of curiosity – especially in the classroom," the President says. 

India's history, destiny, legacy and future are function of coexistence: President

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Through the millennia and through the centuries, India has rarely been a judgemental society. Rather, it has had an easy-going, live-and-let-live organising principle. We respect each other’s identity – whether born of region, language or faith; or even the absence of faith."

"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 ideas of others," the President says. 

Household water has meaning if it empowers women: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Universal availability of toilets and household water have meaning only if they empower the women of India, enhance their dignity and become a catalyst for them to go out into the world and achieve their ambitions. They can achieve their ambitions as they choose: as mothers and homemakers – and as professionals and individuals with their own destiny."

Rural roads have meaning if farmers use them to reach bigger markets: President

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Rural roads and better connectivity have meaning only if farmers use them to reach bigger markets and get better prices for their produce."

"Fiscal reforms and easier regulations for business have meaning only if our entrepreneurs, whether small start-ups or big industrialists, use these to build honest and imaginative enterprises and create sustainable jobs," says the President. 

Nation building is partnership between citizens and govt: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Nation building is about creating that optimal partnership between voters and their representatives, between citizens and their government, and between civil society and state."

Greater opportunity lies in skill, innovation, creativity: President Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Any reading of the mandate of the people would make their aspirations clear. And while the govt inevitably has its part to play, I would argue that the greater opportunity and ability lies in the skill, talent, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship of 1.3 billion Indians."

Today Indians dream for accelerated development, transparent governance: President

President Ram Nath Kovind: "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."

"Indians share the same dreams. Today, the dreams are for accelerated development; for effective and transparent governance," says President. 

Many important bills were passed in Parliament, this sets tone for next five years: President

President Ram Nath Kovind: "They gave expression to their electoral rights and their responsilbities. In the recent Parliamentary sessions,many importanent bills were passed. I'm confident this is just an indicator to what is restored for the next five years."

President Ram Nath Kovind applauds voters in LS polls 2019

President Ram Nath Kovind: "Earlier this summer, people of India participated in the 17th general election, the largest democratic exercise in human history. For this I must congratulate our voters. They turned up at polling stations in large numbers & with much enthusiasm." 

President Ram Nath Kovind speaks on J&K

Speaking on Centre's recent changes in law and order, President Ram Nath Kovind says, "These include progressive,egalitarian laws&provisions related to RTE;accessing public info through RTI;reservations in education&employment and other facilities for deprived communities; and justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq."

President Ram Nath Kovind wishes 550th anniversary Guru Nanak Dev

President Ram Nath Kovind: I'm confident that the recent changes made in Jammu-Kashmir & Ladakh would be of immense benefit to those regions. They will enable the people to access & enjoy the same rights, same privileges & same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.

"This year also marks the 550th birth anniversary of one of the greatest, wisest&most influential Indians of all time Guru Nanak Dev ji. He was the founder of Sikhism but the reverence & respect he commands go far beyond just our Sikh brothers & sisters."

People will benefit from Centre's decision on J&K: President Ram Nath Kovind

The President spoke on the the current status of the newly-created union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladak — saying the people will benefit from Centre's move. Further, he spoke on the Triple talaq bill that was passed by the Rajya Sabha. 

President remembers Mahatma Gandhi

President Ram Nath Kovind remembers Mahatma Gandhi and says he guided us. "He had predicted the challenges we would face today."

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Ahead of the 73rd Independence Day celebrations in the country, multi-layered security arrangements are in place across the national capital. In wake of the abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, security has been beefed up across New Delhi and neighbouring border areas.

The full dress rehearsal for the Independence Day took place at the Red Fort on Tuesday amid tight security cover. Defence personnel from the Army, Navy and the Air Force marched across the Mughal-era Red Fort while school children showcased their performance during the rehearsal.