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President Ram Nath Kovind: India must be compassionate and egalitarian society

When we speak of a New India, what do we mean? It is important the the new India finds place in our DNA, the new India should be a society which should be sensitive and developed both, said President Kovind on the eve of Independence Day

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2017 8:13:35 pm
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In his maiden address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday stressed on the importance of education and technology among masses. Lauding major decisions of the government including demonetisation and implementation of GST, Kovind said the world today is looking at India with admiration. Talking about new India, Kovind said there are some obvious parameters like a house for every family, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network for every individual.

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS of his speech:

7:21 pm Talking about the importance of education, Kovind appeals people to try to educate as many children they can beside providing education to their own children.” Enrol and pay the school fees or buy the books of at least one child other than your own; just one!”, said Kovind

07.19 pm: The single most critical factor for building our nation is to equip our coming generation. I would urge you, as fellow nation builders, to help educate less-privileged children in our society. In a few years we will become a fully literate society; we must set the bar higher& aim to become a fully educated society: Kovind

7:18 pm Over 1 crore people gave away their subsidy on LPG cylinder on PM’s appeal. I salute those people. They listened to the conscience. We all should take inspiration from those people. Their sacrifice brought a change in the lives of poor people.We should draw inspiration from these families; each of us must find a way to give back to society: Kovind.

7.17 pm: We must heed the call for that extra degree of selflessness, that extra something beyond just duty. Our soldiers who guard our borders are not just doing their duty; they are displaying an extra degree of selflessness. Police and paramilitary forces that brave death to combat terrorism or crime are not just doing their duty. They are displaying an extra degree of selflessness.Can each of us not imbibe this spirit of selflessness? We can and we have: President Kovind

7:16 pm Technology is important for rapid growth and development, it has to be used to eradicate poverty. There should be no place for poverty in new India: Kovind

7:15 pm: In the new India, the society should have no discrimination between boy and girl, their should be no religious or caste based discrimination: Kovind

7.15 pm: Today, the world is looking at India with admiration. The Tokyo Olympics of 2020 offer another opportunity for us to raise our standing in the world’s eyes. As citizens of India – whether we live at home or abroad – we must ask ourselves how we can add to our country’s pride: Kovind

7:14 pm We should pay special attention to our divyang brothers and sisters: Kovind

7.14 pm: Your whole-hearted support in battle against corruption and black money reflected a responsible and enlightened society. Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. Poverty and New India are simply not compatible: Kovind

7:13 pm: New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society. New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society. New India we can cherish – where every Indian contributes to society and our country: Kovind

7:13 pm: When we speak of a New India, what do we mean? There are some obvious parameters like a house for every family, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network. It is important the the new India finds place in our DNA, the new India should be a society which should be sensitive and developed both: Kovind

7.12 pm: Government is implementing GST to eliminate multiple taxes and simplify transactions. But it is for each of us to make GST an essential part of our everyday transactions and business culture. It should be a matter of pride for all of us that the taxes we pay are used for nation building: President Kovind

7:12 pm: Govt can make, implement and strengthen laws but it is everyone’s duty to abide by them: Kovind

7:11 pm Government is campaigning for Beti Bachao movement but it is also our duty to empower women: Kovind

7:10 pm Govt launched the Swachh Bharat Campaign but keeping the country clean is our responsibility. The government is building toilets or helping build toilets – but it is for each of us to make India open-defecation free: Kovind

7.10 pm: Sardar Patel instilled in us the importance of national unity and integrity. Babasaheb Ambedkar urged the virtues of constitutional governance, of rule of law – and of the vital need for education. The generation that brought us to freedom was diverse: Kovind

7:09 pm: Mahatma Gandhi emphasised the moral character of India and of Indian society. The principles that Gandhiji spoke about are relevant even today. The principles that Gandhiji spoke about are relevant even today. At Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement and gave their all. Nehruji emphasised India’s age-old heritage and traditions could co-exist with technology and quest to modernise our society: Ram Nath Kovind

7:09 pm It is important for us to understand that the dream of an Independent India of our freedom fighters was for the overall development of the country. For this we owe so much to the countless freedom fighters who made great sacrifices to bring us here. From earliest days of our freedom struggle, we were blessed with a galaxy of revolutionary leaders who guided our country: Kovind

7:08 pm: It is time that we must take inspiration from those who gave their lives for the nation and move forward. We should work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society: Kovind

7:06 pm We are indebted to those who laid down there lives for our independence, says Kovind.

7:06 pm Kovind remembers freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country from the clutches of British rule. “It was much more than that; it was culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation anew,” said Kovind.

07.00 pm: My greetings to Fellow Citizens as we complete 70 years of our Independence . On August 15, 1947, we became a free nation; some have called this process a “transfer of power”: President Kovind

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