Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony: The 14th President of India has taken the oath of office today, and in his first speech in this high post, he began by thanking the gathering including Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Central Hall of Parliament. He thereafter said, “I am accepting this position with all humility and I am grateful for this responsibility.” He added, “I am grateful to all my countrymen who gave me this position.” Hailing the diversity of opinion in the country, he said. “We have sometimes agreed and disagreed while debating in Parliament but we respect everyone’s view and that is the beauty of democracy.” he also expressed his amazement that he belongs to a very small village and now he is standing in this most august space. “We are diverse, yet united and one,” he added.
Kovind said, he is privileged to walk on the same path as Dr Radhakrishnan, Dr Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee and added that he comes from a very simple background and his journey has been long. Speaking about inclusiveness in building the nation, the President said “Nation-building cannot be done only through government. The government can only be a guide. National pride is what contributes to nation-building,” as per CNN News 18. Kovind said that he is proud of every citizen of India.
While speaking about gender equality, the President said, “today, women and men are working hard and standing shoulder to shoulder in all fields of life.” He also praised people from all walks of life including farmers and scientist, teachers and soldiers in making this nation great. “Our farmers and scientists work day and night to make us all proud. We are proud of our teachers who are giving good values and educating the generations to come and the soldier who ensures that were are all safe,” Kovind said.
Ending his speech, the President said “We need to sculpt a high-growth economy, an educated economy and an egalitarian society. This was the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay.” President Ram Nath Kovind will leave for Rashtrapati Bhavan where an inter-services guard of honour will be given to him and courtesies will be extended to the outgoing President, Pranab Mukherjee. After that Kovind will drop Mukherjee at his new residence at 10, Rajaji Marg.