The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the President, Ram Nath Kovind ji’s range and depth of ideas is immense and as Head of the State, the First Citizen of our robust Republic, he represents the essence of the Nation – its vision, aspirations, expectations — and above all, essentially its ethos.
He was addressing the gathering after releasing two Volumes – ‘The Republican Ethic’ & ‘Loktantra Ke Swar’, here today, with Selected Speeches of President of India Ram Nath Kovind ji, last evening in New Delhi.
The Vice President said that the cornerstone of Indian ethos may be summed up in these wise words – Ekam Sat Vipra: Bahudha Vadanti – Truth is one, wise men express it in many ways and this inclusiveness is the essence of India. Since the last fifteen months that Shri Kovind has been the President of India, he said he has been following his erudite addresses in which found an earnest call for inclusiveness.
The Vice President said that the building blocks of the Republican Ethic are equality, egalitarianism and education – themes dear to the President. These are the principles that motivated his unique journey from the mud house of a small village to Rashtrapati Bhawan, he added.
Naidu also said that the President’s vision and thoughts have covered a wide range of issues of national and international importance with a special focus on the challenges which India faces in the contemporary world. But, most importantly he speaks the heart of a common man, he added.
Saying ‘The Republican Ethic’ is an invaluable collection of the President’s reflections on a host of contemporary challenges and issues confronting India and the world, the Vice President said that we must realize the strength within each one of us and get our act together. We must usher in a new era of social, economic and cultural transformation where we move away from ‘dreary desert sands of dead habit’ as Gurudev Rabindranath had put it, he added.