After taking oath as the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, in his first address, said the key to India’s success is its diversity. He also asked the people to build a country that is “an economic leader and well as a moral exemplar”.
Kovind said there is need to sculpt an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society.
“We have achieved a lot as a nation, but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster is relentless. It is appropriate that the land of Lord Buddha should lead the world in its search for peace, tranquillity and ecological balance,” he said.
“The key to India’s success is its diversity. Our diversity is the core that makes us so unique. We need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar. We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society,” the 71-year-old said.
India’s 14th President made special mention of women and their role in nation building.
Nations, he said, are not built by governments alone and requires national pride.
“Each citizen of India is a nation builder. Those police and paramilitary forces that fight terrorism and crime are nation builders.
“Women who despite responsibilities at home and work raise children to be ideal citizens are nation builders,” he said.
“(A) nurse or doctor helping the sick to recover and fighting disease in a remote village, is a nation builder. Young person who founds a start-up and becomes a job creator is a nation builder,” the President explained.
(With inputs from PTI)