India ‘faced’ an expansionist move on its borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it: President Ram Nath Kovind

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Updated: January 25, 2021 11:28:50 pm

President Ram Nath Kovind Republic Day Speech 2021: President Kovind lauded the soldiers of India saying that every citizen feels proud about the bravery, patriotism and the spirit of sacrifice among our soldiers.

President Ram Nath Kovind Address to the Nation, President Ram Nath Kovind Republic Day SpeechPresident Ram Nath Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind Republic Day Eve Address to the Nation: President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday paid tributes to farmers saying every Indian is grateful to them for ensuring food security and sought to allay fears of farmers over the three contentious farm laws in his address on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day.

President also paid tributes to the 20 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives at Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh last June during clashes with the Chinese troops. He said that the past year “was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. “We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives,” he added.

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He also asserted that while India remains committed to peace, its armed forces are “adequately mobilised” in a “well-coordinated” move to thwart any attempt to undermine national security as he referred to the “expansionist” move by China in Ladakh last year.

On the country’s efforts to fight COVID-19, the President said an effective response to the pandemic would not have been possible without the Constitutional value of ‘Fraternity’ among the people of the country. He also took pride in the fact that India was called as “pharmacy of the world” for supplying medicine to several countries to contain sufferings across the globe.

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Earlier, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wished the people on the eve of Republic Day. “On this occasion we should reaffirm our commitment towards the Constitution and founding principles of our Republic based on the cherished ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice for all. Our Constitutional values are the basic principles for creation of an enlightened citizenship that is essential for deepening our democratic roots,” he said.

He further said that India is a country that is brimming with potential, surging ahead on the path of all round development that is inclusive and sustainable. “Our democracy is vibrant and our commitment to good governance and transparency is stronger than ever before. On this auspicious day, let us renew our pledge to uphold the country’s civilisational ideals and constitutional values and dedicate ourselves to building an inclusive, peaceful, harmonious and progressive India,” the vice president added.

 

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    21:12 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Full Text of President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the nation

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    20:46 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Kovind greets members of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the police

    My greetings to the members of the armed forces, paramilitary forces and the police who usually celebrate festivals staying away from their families: President Kovind

    20:46 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Indians abroad have succeeded in different walks of life: President Kovind

    Our diaspora is our pride. Indians abroad have succeeded in different walks of life: President Kovind

    20:45 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Babasaheb Ambedkar clarified that Constitutional morality means supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution: President Kovind

    Let us all continue on the path of constitutional morality which Babasaheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar mentioned in his speech to the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948. He clarified that Constitutional morality means supremacy of the values enshrined in the Constitution: President Kovind

    20:45 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Equality is the watchword for the great project of our Republic: President Kovind

    Equality is the watchword for the great project of our Republic. Social equality warrants dignity for each one of us, villagers, women, weaker sections of our society, namely, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Divyangjan and the elderly people: President Kovind

    20:44 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    We must make all efforts to wipe tears from every eye: President Kovind

    We should make it a part of our daily routine to meditate upon the life and thought of our Father of the Nation. We must make all efforts to wipe tears from every eye: President Kovind

    20:43 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    The quality of our engagement with leaders across the world has enhanced manifold: President Kovind

    The manner in which India got overwhelming support of the international community for its entry as non-permanent member in the Security Council this year is indicative of that influence. The quality of our engagement with leaders across the world has enhanced manifold: President Kovind

    20:41 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Steps have been taken for economic growth as well as employment generation: President Kovind

    Steps have been taken for economic growth as well as employment generation by promoting micro, small and medium enterprises and making the start-up eco-system more robust. It has become a movement being taken forward by the people themselves: President Kovind

    20:40 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Converting a crisis into an opportunity, the Prime Minister gave a call of Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, or Self-reliant India Mission: President Kovind

    Converting a crisis into an opportunity, the Prime Minister gave a call of Atma-Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, or Self-reliant India Mission. Our vibrant democracy, our enterprising and talented fellow citizens – specially the youth – energise our efforts in shaping a self-reliant India:  President Kovind

    20:23 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Let us look at 2020 as a year of learning: President Kovind

    Let us look at 2020 as a year of learning. There were miracles of a revitalising Mother Nature which taught humanity a hard lesson that the Small is not expedient but complementary to the Big: President Kovind

    20:20 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Kovind quotes poet Maithili Sharan Gupt in his address to the nation

    We Indians live and die for humanity. This Indian ideal has been expressed by the great poet Maithili Sharan Gupt in these words:"It is the benevolent whose glory lives on in songs eternal,It is the generous whom the world reveres forever,Whose spirit of oneness fills the boundless universe,They truly are human who die for fellow beings."

    20:16 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Kovind on post-Covid economic recovery
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    20:12 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    The Judiciary found help in technology and continued to function and dispense Justice: President Kovind
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    20:10 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    The pandemic threatened to derail the young generation’s learning process: President Kovind
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    20:08 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Our frontline Corona-warriors were ordinary citizens who turned out to be extraordinary: President Kovind
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    20:07 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Our scientists have added a glorious chapter of contribution to the well-being of humanity: President Kovind
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    19:54 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    From space to the farms, from educational institutions to hospitals, the community of scientists has enriched our life and work: President
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    19:46 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    The path to reform initially may cause misapprehensions: President Ram Nath Kovind in address to the nation

    The path to reform initially may cause misapprehensions; It is beyond doubt that Government remains devoted to farmers’ welfare: President Ram Nath Kovind in address to the nation

    19:44 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    India is being rightly called 'pharmacy of the world': President Ram Nath Kovind

    India is being rightly called 'pharmacy of the world': President Ram Nath Kovind on supply of medicines to several countries to contain COVID-19 pandemic

    19:43 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    The nation shall remain grateful to brave soldiers: President Ram Nath Kovind

    Past year was a time of adversity, and it came from many fronts. We faced an expansionist move on our borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it. To achieve this objective, 20 of them had to lay down their lives. The nation shall remain grateful to those brave soldiers: President Ram Nath Kovind in Republic Day speech

    19:41 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    India with its vibrant democracy has rightfully earned respect as a responsible and trustworthy nation: President

    India with its vibrant democracy has rightfully earned respect as a responsible and trustworthy nation: President Ram Nath Kovind in Republic Day speech

    19:40 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation in Republic Day speech

    Army, Air Force and Navy are adequately mobilized in well-coordinated manner to thwart any attempt to undermine our security: President Ram Nath Kovind in Republic Day speech

    19:36 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    India "faced" an expansionist move on its borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it: President Ram Nath Kovind in Republic Day speech

    India "faced" an expansionist move on its borders, but our valiant soldiers foiled it: President Ram Nath Kovind in Republic Day speech

    19:35 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    I urge upon countrymen to utilise this lifeline and get vaccinated as per guidelines: President Ram Nath Kovind

    The administration and health services are working with full readiness to make this exercise (vaccination) a success. I urge upon countrymen to utilise this lifeline and get vaccinated as per guidelines. Your health opens the way for your advancement: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:29 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Army, Air Force and Navy are adequately mobilized in well-coordinated manner to thwart any attempt to undermine our security: President Kovind

    Army, Air Force and Navy are adequately mobilized in well-coordinated manner to thwart any attempt to undermine our security, says President Kovind

    19:26 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    It's beyond doubt that govt remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare: President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation

    Economic reforms continue apace and supplemented by long-pending reforms in areas of labour and agriculture through legislation. Path to reform at initial stages may cause misapprehensions. However, it's beyond doubt that govt remains singularly devoted to farmers’ welfare: President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation

    19:24 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Issue of climate change will be accorded top priority at the global level: President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation

    I am sure that with a view to reducing the risk of such pandemics, the issue of climate change will be accorded top priority at the global level: President Ram Nath Kovind in his message to the nation on the eve of 72nd Republic Day

    19:22 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Election Commission has accomplished remarkable feats: President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation

    By conducting not only free and fair but also safe elections in Bihar which has high population density and Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh with difficulties of access and other challenges, our democracy and Election Commission have accomplished remarkable feats: President Ram Nath Kovind in his addresses to the nation

    19:18 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Our farmers, soldiers and scientists deserve special appreciation: President Ram Nath Kovind in his address to the nation

    Our farmers, soldiers and scientists deserve special appreciation and a grateful nation greets them on this auspicious occasion of the Republic Day: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:17 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Ram Nath Kovind lauds scientists in his address to the nation

    Our scientists, along with doctors, administrators and people from other walks of life, have made major contribution in containing the virus and keeping the fatality rate lower in our country, compared to that in developed countries: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:16 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the nation

    From freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh with temperatures as low as -50 to -60°C to scorching heat in Jaisalmer with temperatures as high as 50°C – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – our warriors are vigilant every moment: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:13 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers: President Ram Nath Kovind in address to the nation

    A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:13 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products: President Ram Nath Kovind in address to the nation

    Every Indian salutes our farmers, who have made our vast and populous country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products. Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained agricultural production: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:11 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    This is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that Constitution propounds: President Ram Nath Kovind 

    This is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that Constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality & Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us: President Ram Nath Kovind 

    19:10 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Greetings to all of you on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day: President Ram Nath Kovind

    Greetings to all of you on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day of the world’s largest and most vibrant democracy. In this land of ours, enriched by diversity, with many festivals, our national festivals are celebrated by everyone with great patriotic fervour: President Ram Nath Kovind

    19:06 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    President begins address to the nation

    President Ram Nath Kovind: The values of justice, liberty, equity and fraternity underlined in the Preamble of the Constitution are the sacred ideals for all of us. It is expected that not only the people who are responsible for governance, but also all of us ordinary citizens should follow these ideals firmly and sincerely.

    18:49 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Traffic movement and restrictions on Republic Day 2021

    The traffic movement on certain roads leading to the route of the parade and tableaux will be restricted. No traffic will be allowed on Vijay Chowk from 6 pm on Monday till the parade is over on Tuesday. The Delhi Police says that due to the parade no cross traffic will be allowed on Rajpath intersections from Monday afternoon.

    As per the advisory, India Gate will be closed for traffic movements from 5 am on Tuesday till the tableaux cross Tilak Marg. The traffic will not be allowed on Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Subhash Marg from 5 am Tuesday. The cross traffic can be allowed depending on the movement of tableaux. The routes that motorists can follow tomorrow are the north-south corridor that includes Ring Road, Ashram Chowk, Sarai Kale Khan, and Rajghat.

    18:22 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Republic Day Parade schedule, timing on January 26

    Republic Day 2021: The parade will start at 9.50 AM from Vijay Chowk and move towards the National Stadium. The tableaux will start from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort. The wreath laying function at the National War Memorial will take place at 9 AM. Starting from Vijay Chowk, the parade will pass through Rajpath, Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, Princess Palace roundabout, Tilak Marg and Radial Road. And then it will turn right on “C” Hexagon, turn left again to enter the National Stadium. Similarly, the tableaux will start from Vijay Chowk and proceed to Red Fort via Rajpath, India Gate, Princess Palace roundabout, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg.

    18:17 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Delhi under heavy security cover for Republic Day

    72nd Republic Day: Thousands of armed personnel have been deployed at the Rajpath and several border points of the national capital which has been brought under a multi-layered security cover in view of Republic Day celebrations as well as the proposed tractor parade by farmers tomorrow. Protesting farmer unions said their parade will not enter central Delhi and it will start only after the official Republic Day parade concludes. The unions claimed that around two lakh tractors are expected to participate in their parade which will move into the city from three border points — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur (UP Gate).    For Republic Day celebrations, around 6,000 security personnel have been deployed to maintain vigil. Facial recognition system of Delhi Police has also been set up at vantage points for suspect identification. Checking and frisking staff deployed at Rajghat will be done by personnel in PPE kits, with mask and face shield, keeping in line with COVID-19 protocols. 

    On Tuesday, sharpshooters and snipers will be deployed on top of high-rise buildings to keep watch on the eight-km-long parade route from Rajpath. A five-layer security cover comprising of border pickets, inner, middle and outer security has been deployed in and around the city to maintain law and order during the Republic Day ceremony and the proposed tractor parade. (PTI)

    18:01 (IST)25 Jan 2021
    Republic Day: Security beefed up across Kashmir

    72nd Republic Day: Police and paramilitary forces carried out random searches and an area-domination exercise at Lal Chowk and adjoining areas here on Monday as security has been beefed up across Kashmir to prevent militants from carrying out any subversive activities. The police, assisted by paramilitary forces, carried out the searches in the Lal Chowk, Court Road and Residency Road areas. Security has been beefed up around the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium, the main venue for the Republic Day celebrations in the valley, as well as in other districts of Kashmir. They said various measures have been put in place to ensure that the Republic Day passes off peacefully. Random checking of vehicles and frisking of passengers are being carried out at several places, the officials said, adding that the deployment of security personnel around vital installations in and around the city and other district headquarters has been strengthened. (PTI)

    Republic Day 2021: India will celebrate its 72nd Republic Day tomorrow, January 26. This day is marked to celebrate the date on which the Constitution of India came into being in 1950. On this day, the Republic Day parade takes place to display the military might and the rich cultural heritage of the country. The parade normally sees thousands of people and foreign dignitaries invited to see the parade. However, the number of guests and attendees has been restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic this time. This year, there will be no chief guest or foreign dignitaries on Republic Day. The number of spectators has also been brought down due to virus restrictions.
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