Our identity as Indians above caste, creed, language: Prez

NEW DELHI: Addressing the nation on the eve of the 77th Independence Day celebrations, President Droupadi Murmu on Monday said that India is the mother of democracy and the country’s “shining example of truth and non-violence has been successfully employed in many political struggles around the world”.

President Droupadi Murmu’s Message to the nation on the eve of the 77th Independence Day

The President said that India had democratic institutions functioning at the grassroots since “ancient times”, but long years of colonial rule wiped them out.
“India is the Mother of Democracy and since ancient times we had democratic institutions functioning at the grassroots. But long years of colonial rule wiped them out. On August 15, 1947, the nation woke up to a new dawn. We not only won freedom from foreign rule, but also the freedom to rewrite our destiny,” President Murmu said.
Here are some more quotes from her speech:

  • My heartiest greetings to all on our 77th Independence Day. It is a glorious and auspicious occasion for all of us. I am overjoyed to see that festivity is in the air. It is a matter of delight as well as pride for us to see how everyone – children, youth and the elderly, in cities and villages, everywhere in India –are excited and preparing to celebrate this festival of our freedom. The people have been celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with great enthusiasm.
  • On the eve of Independence Day, I join my fellow citizens in paying grateful tribute to the known and unknown freedom fighters whose sacrifices have made it possible for India to regain its rightful place in the comity of nations. Great women freedom fighters like Matangini Hazra and Kanaklata Baruah laid down their lives for Bharat-Mata. Maa Kasturba matched the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi every step of the way on the difficult path of Satyagraha.
  • In 1947, India woke up to new dawn. We not only won freedom from foreign rule, but also freedom to rewrite our destiny.
  • Education is the greatest tool of social empowerment and National Education Policy has started making a difference.
  • Today, India has become the 5th largest economy in the world. Now, India is progressing towards becoming the 3rd biggest economy.
  • Independence Day reminds us that we are not just individuals, but we are part of a great community, the largest and most vibrant of its kind. It is a community of citizens of the world’s largest democracy.
  • India has not only established itself on a global platform but also increased its prestige.
  • Inflation at the global level remains a cause for worry. But in India, the Government and the Reserve Bank have managed to contain it. The government has succeeded in protecting the common people from high inflation while also providing a more extensive security cover to the poor
  • The world looks up to India for global economic growth.
  • India’s economy has proven to be not only resilient during turbulent times but is also a beacon of hope for others. The world economy is passing through a delicate stage, as the pandemic has been followed by international events that have added to the air of uncertainty
  • Yet, the Government has been able to navigate the stormy waters very well. India has converted challenges into opportunities and has recorded high GDP growth. Our Annadata farmers have contributed significantly to our economic growth. The nation feels indebted to them
  • Each Indian has many identities like caste, creed, language but identity as Indian citizen is above all.
  • Giving priority to the deprived remains the focus of our policies and actions that have lifted a large number of people out of poverty in the last decade
  • Each Indian is an equal citizen, each one has equal opportunity, rights and duties in this land.
  • India mother of democracy, since ancient times we had democratic institutions at grassroots.
  • Women are contributing extensively in every field of development, service to country, enhancing nation’s pride.

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