Pranab Mukherjee address to the nation: Addressing the nation as 13th President for last time, Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that he will forever remain idebted for the love he received from people of India. “I have received much more from the country than I have given; for that, I will remain ever indebted to people of India,” President Mukherjee said. In an important message, Mukherjee said that last man in the queue should be benefitted for development to be real. “For development to be real, the poorest of the land must feel that they are a part of the nation’s narrative,” President Pranab Mukherjee said. “We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal,” added the President. “5 years ago, when I took the oath of office of President, I promised to preserve, protect & defend our Constitution, Each day of these five years, I was conscious of my responsibility, how successful I was in discharging my responsibilities will be judged, over time, by the critical lens of history,” Mukherjee said. “For the past fifty years of my public life my sacred text has been the Constitution of India. My temple has been the Parliament of India and my passion has been the service of the people of India,” Mukherjee added.
Mukherjee then made some important points about India’s diversity and pluralism. “The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. Plurality of our society has come about through assimilation of ideas over centuries,” he said. “The multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special,” he said. “We derive our strength from tolerance; it has been part of our collective consciousness for centuries,” Mukherjee added. He added that constitution has been his ‘secret text’ for the past 50 years. India’s 13th President, who has completed his five year term today will be succeeded by President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, an NDA candidate who recently won the presidential election. In his farewell address in Parliament yesterday, an emotional Pranab Mukherjee had said, “Parliament created my political outlook and persona.”