President Ram Nath Kovind in first Independence Day eve speech says we are indebted to those who laid down their lives for our freedom

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New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2017 7:48:30 PM

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of India’s Independence Day on Monday. This was the first time President of India, Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation after being sworn-in as the 13th President of India on 25 July.

ram nath kovind, ram nath kovind independence day speech, president first speech, independence day 2017In his first sentence, President Kovind said, “I congratulate the nation on the eve of Independence Day.”

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of India’s Independence Day on Monday. This was the first time President of India, Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation after being sworn-in as the 13th President of India on 25 July. In his first sentence, President Kovind said, “I congratulate the nation on the eve of Independence Day.” Paying homage to freedom fighters who sacrificed everything in their efforts to win freedom for the country, President added, “We are indebted to those who laid down there lives for our independence.”

“On August 15, 1947, we became a free nation; some have called this process a ‘transfer of power’. It was much more than that, it was the culmination of a dream for our country – a dream seen by forefathers and freedom fighters. We were free to imagine and build our nation anew,” Kovind said. He then spoke vividly on the sacrifices of freedom fighters who played a role in India’s Independence. “It is crucial to understand that the dream for a free India was rooted in our ordinary villages,” President Kovind said.  “It is crucial to understand that the dream for a free India was in the all-round development of our country, for this we owe so much to the countless freedom fighters who made great sacrifices to bring us here,” he said. The President remembered India’s prominent freedom fighters who struggled for the country’s freedom. “From earliest days of our freedom struggle, we were blessed with a galaxy of revolutionary leaders who guided our country.

Mahatma Gandhi emphasised the moral character of India and of Indian society, the principles that Gandhiji spoke about are relevant even today,” he said. “At Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement and gave their all,” he said. “Nehruji emphasised India’s age-old heritage & traditions could co-exist with technology and quest to modernise our society,” the President added.  “Sardar Patel instilled in us the importance of national unity and integrity,” Kovind emphasised.

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