Addressing the nation on the eve of India’s 69th Republic Day on Thursday, President Ram Nath Kovind called for a civic-minded society where one can disagree with views even which had a historical context without mocking the other person’s dignity.
In his first Republic Day-eve address to the nation, the President also said that institutions should be “disciplined and morally upright”, adding they are always “more important” than the individuals in office. The institutions should also respect their “fraternal relationship” with other institutions, he added.
Touching on other issues, Kovind said it is our “sacred obligation” to eliminate the curse of poverty in the shortest possible time. “This is non-negotiable for the Republic.”
“A civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, whether in our cities or our villages — where we respect the next-door person’s space, privacy and rights. Where we do not inconvenience our neighbours while celebrating a festival or while resorting to a protest or on any other occasion. Where one can disagree with another viewpoint or even with a historical context – without mocking a fellow citizen’s dignity and personal space. This is fraternity in action,” the President said.
In his speech, the President highlighted the struggle of millions of people led by Mahatma Gandhi in getting independence of the country which was followed by efforts by them in writing the Constitution for the country.
He said the country cannot be satisfied without meeting the basic needs and essential dignity of our less well-off people.