Here are the highlights of the President's speech on the eve of Republic Day:
  • President Ram Nath Kovind said today is the day to remember the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country.
  • President Kovind thanked all army men, doctors, farmers, nurses, scientists, engineers and the mothers of the county.
  • The foundations of our country are equality, secularism  and friendship, said President Kovind.
  • He said there were many more people doing a lot for the country, who he could not mention, but would like to thank as well for their service.
  • The nation's freedom fighters fought not only for the nation's independence, but also for social change, said President Kovind.
  • The lessons they taught are still relevant to us in every field, inspiring the development of the country.
  • President Kovind also said that more than 60 per cent of Indian citizens are below 35 years of age. They are the future of our country.
  • He said various programmes have been started by the government to impart better education to the youth, which they should take advantage of.
  • One of the biggest challenges is dealing with malnutrition of the children of the country and although much progress has been made, a lot more needs to be done, said President Kovind.
  • Selflessness can build a selfless nation, said President Kovind.
  • In our country, we are ready to help each other at all times, even give blood to others in need, said President Kovind.
  • Our society is based on the principle of helping each other, he said.
  • When Indians in foreign lands fall in trouble, we lend a hand to help them, President Kovind said.
  • We have to work to build a better nation, where every citizen works to his or her full potential, said President Kovind.
  • We need to keep up with the times and follow sustainable development, he said.
  • There are still a lot of people who are economically backward, who need our help. Making lives better is our primary responsibility.
  • President Kovind ended his speech congratulating all citizens, saying everyone would be inspired by the country's culture and traditions.