President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the country on the eve of the 71st Republic Day in his address to the nation

President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the country on the eve of the 71st Republic Day in his address to the nation and said while the Indian Constitution conferred rights on citizens, it also bound them to its central tenets of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. He added that it would be easy to follow the constitution if the teaching and values of Mahatma Gandhi were adhered to in our daily lives. “Our Constitution gave us rights as citizens of a free democratic nation, but also placed on us the responsibility to always adhere to the central tenets of our democracy – justice, liberty, equality, and fraternity. It becomes easier for us to follow these constitutional ideals if we keep in mind the life and values of the Father of our Nation. By doing so, we will be adding a meaningful dimension to our celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji,” the President said in his speech. In a message to the youth of the country, the President said, the youth of the country were leading the emergence of a “new India” and must keep Gandhi’s teachings close to their heart.President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the country on the eve of the 71st Republic Day in his address to the nation

“For our youth, the nation always comes first. With them, we are witnessing the emergence of new India,” said Kovind and added that the youth should not forget Mahatma Gandhi’s gift of ‘Ahmisa’. “When fighting for a cause, people, particularly the youth, should not forget the gift of Ahimsa Gandhiji gave to humanity,” he said. College students have been at the forefront of widespread protests, which had initially turned violent, against the Citizenship Amendment Act and other government schemes like the National Population Register and National Register of Citizens across the country since the government moved to expedite citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from three neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The President said despite the three organs of the state, the people on the ground had the real power to decide the country’s collective future.

“Yet, on the ground, the people comprise the State. ‘We the People’ are the prime movers of the Republic. With us, the people of India rests the real power to decide our collective future,” Kovind said.

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