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President Kovind address to nation on I-Day eve: ‘Bravery of soldiers in Galwan Valley showed India is capable of giving befitting response’

President Ram Nath Kovind Independence Day eve speech: In his address to nation, President Kovind speaks on India's response to Covid-19, Galwan face-off, Ram Temple construction, National Education Policy, and more.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 14, 2020 9:17:11 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Covid-19 pandemic, Ram temple, India china stand off, Indian express newsOn the commencement of the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, the President called it “a moment of pride for all”.

President Ram Nath Kovind Independence Day eve Speech: Addressing the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind said celebrations this year will be restrained owing to the coronavirus pandemic which has “altered the world we live in.”

Lauding the efforts of healthcare professionals at the frontline in the country’s fight against the virus, the President said the nation is “indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers.” While celebrations are muted for this year’s Independence Day, twenty-five Covid warriors have been invited to the ‘At Home’ ceremony to be hosted by President Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 15.

The President also spoke on the Galwan Valley face-off in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed fighting the Chinese army in June this year. “Our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending our borders. Those worthy sons of Bharat Mata lived and died for national pride.Their bravery in combat has demonstrated that while we believe in peace, we are also capable of giving a befitting response to any attempt of aggression,” he said.

Besides, President Kovind called the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya a “moment of pride for all” and said the National Education Policy 2020 will “strengthen the culture of ‘Inclusion’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Institution’ in the sphere of education.”

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President Ram Nath Kovind Independence Day 2020 Speech: The President addresses the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day.

20:41 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Delhi illuminated on eve of I-Day

Parliament House, North Block, South Block and India Gate in the national capital has been illuminated on the eve of the 74th Independence Day

19:27 (IST)14 Aug 2020
National Education Policy will strengthen the culture of inclusion: President Kovind

In his address to the nation, President Ram Nath Kovind said the  ‘National Education Policy’ spells a long term vision with far-reaching impact, adding that "it will strengthen the culture of ‘Inclusion’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Institution’ in the sphere of education"

"Imparting education in the mother tongue has been given emphasis in order to help young minds grow spontaneously... It is a right step in this direction," he said. 

19:25 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Superhuman effort by govt in responding to pandemic: President Kovind

"It was a superhuman effort on part of the govt to respond effectively in meeting the challenges due to COVID pandemic," President Ram Nath Kovind said in his address to nation. 

19:22 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Ram temple construction a moment of pride for all: President

"Only ten days ago, construction of the temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi began, in Ayodhya. It was indeed a moment of pride for all. People of the country maintained restraint and patience for a long time and reposed unflinching trust in the judicial system."

19:14 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Entire nation salutes fallen soliders of Galwan valley: President

In his address to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to the soldiers killed in the face off with the Chinese army in Galwan valley. 

"Even while the world community needs to fight together against the greatest challenge before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out their misadventure of expansion. Our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending our borders. Those worthy sons of Bharat Mata lived and died for national pride. The entire nation salutes the martyrs of Galwan Valley. Every Indian feels grateful to their family members. Their bravery in combat has demonstrated that while we believe in peace, we are also capable of giving a befitting response to any attempt of aggression."

19:12 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Tradition of India to work for well-being of the entire world: President

"It has been the tradition of India that we do not just live for ourselves, but work for the well-being of the entire world. India's self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world. It implies that India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity."

19:10 (IST)14 Aug 2020
President Kovind: Youth of India should feel the special pride of being citizens of a free nation

Addressing the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, President Kovind said: "August 15 fills us with the excitement of unfurling the tricolour, taking part in celebrations and listening to patriotic songs. On this day, the youth of India should feel the special pride of being citizens of a free nation. We gratefully remember our freedom fighters and martyrs whose sacrifices have enabled us to live in an independent nation."

19:08 (IST)14 Aug 2020
President lauds Covid warriors in I-Day eve speech

President Ram Nath Kovind lauded the efforts of health professionals and those providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic. 

19:05 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Unlike every year, this Independence Day won't be celebrated with pomp and show: President

Lauding the Centre and state government for taking steps to contain the transmission of novel coronavirus, President Ram Nath Kovind said India's role in dealing with the pandemic is a lesson for the world.

"Unlike every year, this Independence Day won't be celebrated with pomp and show," the President said. 

18:47 (IST)14 Aug 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind to address nation at 7 pm. LIVE updates here

President Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day today. The President's address will be broadcast at 7 pm. Watch this space for LIVE updates.

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The Independence Day, which is traditionally marked with pomp and gaiety, will be a subdued and restricted affair this year owing to the circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the 74th I-Day will be celebrated in a manner befitting the occasion, it will witness a truncated list of dignitaries, chairs instead of rugs for seating in several areas, police in personal protective equipment, and no participation of schoolchildren.

“At the Red Fort, instead of the 900-1000 invitees every year, around 250 people will be present as the Prime Minister addresses the nation,” an official with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had told The Indian Express. The final list will be prepared by the Defence Ministry.

Later in the afternoon, during the ‘At Home’ function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the focus will be on India’s “Corona Warriors”, with invitations likely to be extended to medical professionals and key figures in the health sector.

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