President Ram Nath Kovind today stated the country is at the cusp of achieving many long-awaited goals, insisting that contentious issues and extraneous debates should not be allowed to distract us at a “pivotal moment”.
In his televised address to the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Independence Day, Kovind recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s “most noble mantra” on the power of ‘ahinsa’ (non-violence) being far greater than the power of ‘hinsa’ (violence), remarks that come against the backdrop of incidents of lynching and mob violence in some parts of the country.
“The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and ‘hinsa’ has no place in the society”, he added.
Highlighting the role of farmers in providing food security to fellow citizens and the contribution by the country’s armed and police forces in battling terrorism and ensuring law and order, he said every Indian who does his or her job with sincerity and commitment is upholding the principles of our freedom struggle.
He said the decisions the country takes today, the foundations we lay, the projects we undertake, the social and economic investments we make today “whether for the immediate future or for the medium term” will determine where we stand.
He asserted that every Indian who works with dedication — be it a doctor, a nurse a teacher, a public servant, a factory worker or someone taking care of her or his old parents — is living the ideals of Independence. At the same time, he said that every citizen of India who does his or her duty sincerely, fulfils a personal and professional obligation and keeps to a given word is, at a fundamental level, upholding the principles of our freedom struggle.