Firmly believe country getting equipped to make 21st century the century of India, says Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his “deep thanks” to all fellow citizens and elected officials, saying that he had received full cooperation, support, and blessings from all facets of society throughout his time in office.

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On Sunday, outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his steadfast belief that India is becoming prepared to make the twenty-first century the century of India. In his final speech to the country before leaving office, Kovind praised India’s “strength of dynamic democracy” and said that one of the distinctive aspects of Indian culture is maintaining a connection to one’s ancestry.

“Ram Nath Kovind, who grew up in a very ordinary family in Paraunkh village of Kanpur Dehat district, is addressing all of you countrymen today, for this, I salute the power of the vibrant democratic system of our country,” said President Kovind.

He expressed his “deep thanks” to all of his fellow residents and elected officials, saying that during his tenure, he had received full collaboration, support, and blessings from all facets of society.

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It was one of the most unforgettable experiences of his life, he said, to visit his native village while serving as president and touch the feet of the professors from his old school in Kanpur to ask for their blessings. “Staying connected to our roots is the specialty of Indian culture. I would request the younger generation to continue this tradition of being associated with their village or town and their schools and teachers,” he added.

Kovind also discussed the contributions of the “great minds” that India has produced, saying: “Nowhere in the history of humankind have so many great minds come together for a common cause. From Tilak and Gokhale to Bhagat Singh and Netaji, from Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee to Sarojini Naidu and Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay.” “The eighteenth century saw numerous upheavals across the nation. Many of the heroes who raised expectations for a brighter day have long since been forgotten by name. Some of their contributions have only recently begun to be recognised, he continued.

Droupadi Murmu, who defeated Yashwant Sinha, the nominee of the opposition, to become the next president of India on Friday, will take the oath of office at the Central Hall of the Parliament on Monday.

In his farewell speech on Saturday, Kovind asked political parties to put aside partisan politics and always conduct protests in the “Gandhian mould.” “Citizens and political parties have many constitutional avenues open to them, including protests. After all, the father of our nation employed the weapon of satyagraha for that purpose. But he was equally concerned about the other side. Citizens have a right to protest and to press for their demands, but it should always be in the peaceful Gandhian mould,” he said.