In her handle to the nation on the eve of the 76th Independence Day, the nation’s first tribal President stated a “common thread” binds the individuals of India, which is understood for its range, and conjures up them to work collectively.
“In celebrating Independence Day, we are celebrating our ‘Bharatiyata’. Our country is full of diversity. But at the same time, we all have something in common. It is this common thread which binds all of us together and inspires us to walk together with the spirit of Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat,” Murmu stated.
The President, who’s the second lady occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, stated “daughters” have been the “biggest hope for the nation”, and hailed their rise throughout all disciplines and fields from “fighter pilots to space scientists”.
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Gender inequalities are lowering and ladies are breaking many glass ceilings, Murmu stated. The change is seen on the bottom, together with within the political system — there are over 14 lakh elected girls representatives in Panchayati Raj establishments right now, she stated.
Many worldwide leaders and consultants had been sceptical concerning the success of democracy in India, a rustic which was weighed down by poverty and illiteracy after Independence, Murmu stated. “But we Indians proved the sceptics wrong. Democracy not only grew roots in this soil, it was enriched too.”
Unlike some well-established democracies, India adopted common grownup franchise from the start, whilst in lots of international locations girls obtained the precise to vote after lengthy struggles, she stated.
“The makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building. Thus, India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy,” the President stated.
The deepening of democratic traditions was not a coincidence, Murmu stated. Indian civilisation has been outlined by “equality of all and oneness of all” from the start — values that have been rediscovered by leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, she stated.
In her approximately 15-minute speech, Murmu recalled the phrases of Kannada poet Kuvempu: “I will pass, So will you, But on our bones will arise, The great tale of a new India”. This, she stated, was a “clarion call” for sacrifice for the motherland and the uplift of fellow residents.
Crediting the federal government for bringing “ease” within the lives of individuals via its welfare initiatives, Murmu stated the nation is witnessing a “transformation” in healthcare, training, and the financial system, as work is being carried out within the spirit of nation first.
The key phrase for India right now is “compassion — for the downtrodden, for the needy and for those on the margins”, the President stated. She particularly praised schemes such because the PM Awas Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission, and PM Gati Shakti Yojana.
But above all, she stated, the federal government and policymakers deserve credit score for “beating the global trend and helping the economy flourish” regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had uprooted lives and livelihoods.
“In combating the pandemic, our achievements have been better than those of many developed countries. For this feat, we are grateful to our scientists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and the staff associated with vaccination,” Murmu stated. The “growing number of unicorns”, she stated, is a shining instance of India’s financial progress.
The President, who belongs to the Santhal tribe, stated the federal government’s choice to look at November 15 as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas is welcome “because our tribal heroes are not merely local or regional icons; they inspire the entire nation”.
At a time when the world is going through the problem of defending the setting, India can present the way in which with its conventional way of life, Murmu stated, stressing on the necessity to protect the nation’s water, soil and biodiversity.
“By the year 2047, we will have fully realised the dreams of our freedom fighters. We will have given a concrete shape to the vision of those who, led by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, drafted the Constitution. We are already on course to build an Atmanirbhar Bharat, an India that would have realised its true potential,” she stated.