President Pranab Mukherjee Speech: We Celebrate Argumentative, Not Intolerant Indian – On Republic Day eve on 25th January 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee's address on 25 Jan 2017 Republic Day Eve

All India | Posted by Raija Susan Panicker | Updated: January 25, 2017

19:46 IST

Source: NDTV

(Note: CCV's Isaac Gomes posts for the benefit of readers in India and abroad, President Pranab Mukherjee's speech on the occasion of India's 68th Republic Day eve). 

NEW DELHI:  President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation today on the eve of 68th Republic Day. The address was broadcasted at 7 pm in the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in English followed by Hindi versions. In his Republic Day address last year, President Mukherjee had highlighted various government schemes like Make in India, Jan Dhan Yojna and Digital India Programme among others. Mr Mukherjee had also stressed on the need to combat terrorism. Calling it "war beyond any doctrine", he had said this is a "cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel. There is no good or bad terrorism; it is pure evil." This year on Republic Day, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan would be the chief guest. He arrived in Delhi on Tuesday with a delegation of businessmen from United Arab Emirates. To show solidarity with India, Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, would light up tonight in tri-colours – saffron, white and green – to mark India's Republic Day.


Here are the highlights on Pranab Mukherjee's speech on Republic Day eve:

  • On the eve of the 68th Republic Day of our nation, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad
  • My special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and Internal Security Forces
  • When India attained freedom on 15th August 1947, we did not have an instrument of governance of our own
  • We waited till 26th January, 1950 when the Indian people gave to themselves a Constitution
  • We promised to promote fraternity, dignity of the individual, and unity and integrity of the nation
  • On that day, we became the largest democracy of the world
  • Indian democracy has been an oasis of stability in the region troubled by unrest
  • We are today the fastest growing amongst the major economies of the world
  • We are the 2nd largest reservoir of scientific and technical manpower, 3rd largest army, 6th member of the nuclear club
  • We are 6th member in the race for space and 10th largest industrial power
  • From a net food grains importing country, India is now a leading exporter of food commodities
  • The journey so far has been eventful, sometimes painful, but most of the times, exhilarating
  • What has brought us thus far will take us further ahead
  • But we will have to learn to adjust our sails, quickly and deftly, to the winds of change
  • Evolutionary and incremental growth will have to accommodate rapid disruptions brought in by advances of science and tech
  • Innovation, more so inclusive innovation, will have to become a way of life
  • Education will have to keep pace with technology
  • In the race between man and machine, the winner will have to be job generation
  • The velocity of technology adoption will call for a workforce that is willing to learn and adapt
  • Our education system will have to join hands with innovation to prepare our youth for life-long learning
  • Our economy has been performing well despite the challenging global economic conditions
  • Though our exports are yet to pick up, we have managed a stable external sector with sizeable foreign exchange reserves
  • Demonetization, while immobilizing black money may have led to temporary slowdown of economic activity
  • As more and more transactions become cashless, it will improve the transparency of the economy
  • Born in independent India, three generations of citizens do not carry the baggage of colonial past
  • These generations have had privilege of acquiring education, pursuing opportunities & chasing dreams in a free nation
  • This sometimes makes it easy for them to take freedom for granted
  • Democracy has conferred rights on each one of us; but along with these rights, come responsibilities
  • Youth today are brimming with hope and aspirations
  • Lack of opportunities leads to frustration and unhappiness
  • This has to be dealt with by inculcating pro-social behaviour
  • Happiness is fundamental to the human experience of life
  • Happiness is equally the outcome of economic and non-economic parameters
  • The quest for happiness is closely tied to sustainable development
  • We must make happiness and well-being of our people as the touchstones of public policy
  • Many of the flagship initiatives of the government have been designed to promote the well-being of the society
  • India's pluralism and her social, cultural, linguistic & religious diversity are our greatest strength
  • Our tradition has always celebrated the 'argumentative' Indian; not the 'intolerant' Indian
  • Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country
  • A wise and discerning mind is necessary for democracy to flourish
  • A healthy democracy calls for conformity to the values of tolerance, patience and respect for others
  • These values must reside in the hearts and minds of every Indian
  • We have a noisy democracy; yet, we need more and not less of democracy
  • Strength of our democracy is evidenced by the fact that over 66% of the total electorate voted in 2014 General Elections
  • The depth and breadth of our democracy sparkles in the regular elections being held in our panchayati raj institutions
  • Our legislatures lose sessions to disruptions when they should be debating and legislating on issues of importance
  • Collective efforts must be made to bring the focus back to debate, discussion and decision-making
  • As our Republic enters her sixty-eighth year, we must acknowledge that our systems are not perfect
  • The imperfections have to be recognized and rectified




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