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President Ram Nath Kovind says on Republic Day Eve, January 26, 2021, that every Indian salutes farmer

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The Aatmanirbhar Bharat Mission, according to President Ram Nath Kovind, is aimed at turning a crisis into an opportunity and will help shape a new India by 2022.

President Ram Nath Kovind said ahead of Republic Day that the country’s armed forces are “adequately mobilised” in a “well-coordinated” effort to thwart any attempt to disrupt national security, recalling how the country’s valiant soldiers foiled China’s “expansionist” plans in Ladakh last year. “Our national interest will be preserved at all costs,” the President said in his address to the country, during which he also said that every Indian saluted the farmers and tried to assuage their concerns about the three contentious farm laws. Kovind’s comments came amid a nearly nine-month military standoff in eastern Ladakh with China, as well as a deadlock between the Centre and farmer unions over farm laws enacted in September. “The direction of reform may trigger misgivings in the beginning, but the government is singularly devoted to the farmers’ welfare,” he said, as farmer union protests demanding the repeal of the three laws continue at Delhi border points. On the country’s efforts to combat COVID-19, President Obama said that a successful response to the pandemic would not have been possible without the Constitutional importance of “fraternity” among the country’s people. He was also proud of the fact that India was dubbed the “world pharmacy” for providing drugs to a number of countries in order to relieve poverty around the world.

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After a year of this “unexpected ordeal,” he believes India is now “not despondent, but optimistic.” He also said that the recession was only temporary because the economy had recovered its dynamism. Kovind encouraged people to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine’s “lifeline” to get inoculated according to the recommendations. “Your good health paves the way for your success.” The President said the past year “was a time of adversity, and it came from many sides,” paying tribute to the 20 Indian soldiers who died in the Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh last June during clashes with Chinese troops.

“We were facing an expansionist push on our borders, but our brave soldiers were able to stop it. Twenty of them had to give their lives to achieve this goal.” According to Kovind, the country will always be thankful to those brave soldiers. “While we reaffirm our commitment to peace, our defense forces — the Army, Air Force, and Navy — are fully mobilized in a well-coordinated effort to thwart any attempt to weaken our security. At all costs, our national interest will be safeguarded. We’ve also ensured that the international community understands India’s strong and principled stance,” the President added. Adversity, he said, also serves as a great instructor, making people stronger and more optimistic. With that trust, India has made significant progress in a number of areas. “Economic reforms have proceeded apace, and long-awaited labor and agricultural reforms have been implemented by legislation,” he said. The President said that every Indian salutes our farmers for making our large and populous country self-sufficient in food grains and dairy products. Despite natural adversities, numerous other obstacles, and the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, farmers were able to maintain agricultural production. “A thankful country is completely committed to our farmers’ well-being.” The President said that, just as hardworking farmers ensure the country’s food security, courageous soldiers in the armed forces ensure the security of our national borders in the most difficult of circumstances.“Our warriors are vigilant at all times, from the freezing cold of Siachen and Galwan valleys in Ladakh, where temperatures are as low as minus 50 to 60 degrees Celsius, to the scorching heat of Jaisalmer, where temperatures are as high as 50 degrees Celsius — on land, in the skies, and along with the vast coastal areas. Every citizen is proud of our soldiers’ courage, patriotism, and willingness to sacrifice,” he said. He also mentioned the scientific community, stating that their contributions to food security, national security, disease and disaster prevention, and various areas of development have bolstered national efforts.“The culture of scientists has enriched our lives and work in a variety of ways, from space to farms, educational institutions to hospitals. Our scientists worked around the clock to decode the coronavirus, and they were able to produce a vaccine in record time. Our scientists have written a magnificent chapter in the history of humanity’s well-being with this achievement.” He said that scientists, along with physicians, administrators, and people from all walks of life, had made a significant contribution to controlling the virus and holding the death rate in our country lower than in developed countries. “The end result of all these actions is in front of us.” According to the President, a self-sufficient India has developed its own COVID-19 vaccine and is currently conducting the world’s largest mass vaccination campaign. According to him, the administration and health services are fully prepared to make this exercise a success. “I am certain that our passion for humanity and sacrifice spirit will propel us to greater heights. Consider 2020 to be a year of learning.” India, according to Kovind, is progressing and reclaiming its rightful position in the world. “In recent years, its sphere of influence has widened, encompassing a greater portion of the globe. India’s entry as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council this year received overwhelming support from the international community, demonstrating its power.” He said that India’s engagement with world leaders has improved significantly and that the country’s vibrant democracy has earned it respect as a responsible and trustworthy government. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, or Self-Reliant India Mission, was for turning a crisis into an opportunity, and it was in line with the desire to form a new India by the year 2022 when our country turns 75. “We are determined to achieve big goals, from providing pucca houses with basic facilities for every family to doubling farmer income, and this will be a significant milestone in the nation’s journey. We are putting a special focus on education, health, nutrition, upliftment of the underprivileged, and women’s welfare in order to create an equitable society in the new India,” he added. The President urged people to remember the constitutional mantras of Justice, Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity and added that equality is the watchword for the Republic’s great project, quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words about making every effort to remove tears from every eye. Farmers, women, the weaker sections of our society, such as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Divyang-Jan, and the elderly, all deserve to be treated with respect. Economic equality includes both equal opportunities for all and handholding for the downtrodden.


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