President Thanks Farmers, Scientists, Docs in Speech on R-Day Eve

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Addressing the nation on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind greeted citizens on Monday, 25 January, calling it the “largest and most vibrant democracy,” enriched by diversity.

“This is the day to also pause and ponder over the core values that Constitution propounds. These values – Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity – outlined in the Preamble of our Constitution are sacred to all of us,” he said.

Speaking about the farmers, the President said that every Indian salutes them for having made the country self-reliant in food-grains and dairy products.

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“Despite adversities of nature, numerous other challenges and COVID-19 pandemic, our farmers sustained agricultural production,” he said.

“A grateful nation is fully committed to the welfare of our farmers,” he added.

President Kovind also spoke about the soldiers of the country, saying that from freezing cold at Siachen and Galwan valley in Ladakh to the scorching heat in Jaisalmer – on land, in the skies and at the vast coastal areas – India’s warriors are vigilant every moment.

Speaking about the country’s scientists, doctors, administrators and others, President Kovind said that they have made major contribution in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping the fatality rate lower in India as compared to that in developed countries.

“Our farmers, soldiers and scientists deserve special appreciation and a grateful nation greets them on this auspicious occasion of the Republic Day,” he said.

He also appreciated the work of the Election Commission, referring specifically to the elections in Bihar as well as Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

The president’s address will later be broadcast in regional languages by Doordarshan’s regional channels. A statement from the President’s Secretariat also said that AIR will broadcast regional language versions 9:30pm onwards on its respective regional networks.

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