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.”