‘One-Fifth Of Our Countrymen Still Remain Below Poverty Line’

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  • President Pranab Mukherjee ends his speech.
  • Our motherland asks each of us in whatever role we play to do our duty; with integrity, commitment & unflinching loyalty
  • We have to work harder because; we are all equal children before our mother
  • We must ensure well-being of our soldiers & security personnel who protect us from internal & external threats
  • The forces inimical to our interests cannot be allowed to grow
  • We have to work harder to keep at bay dark forces of terrorism; these forces have to be dealt with firmly & decisively
  • Reason and moderation should be our guide in dealing with such situations
  • We have to work harder because our pluralistic culture and tolerance are still being put to test by vested interests
  • We have to appease nature to prevent it from unleashing its fury in the form of floods, landslides and droughts
  • We have to work harder to change our consumption pattern which has resulted in environmental and ecological de-gradation
  • Children must be able to enjoy their childhood to the fullest
  • Women must be able to lead their lives with honour and dignity
  • We have to work harder to provide safety and security to our women and children
  • The competitiveness of the domestic industry has to be improved by focusing on quality, productivity and efficiency
  • We have to work harder to provide enhanced employment opportunities to our youth
  • We have to provide better amenities and opportunities to our people in villages to ensure a decent quality of life
  • We have to make the agriculture sector resilient to the vagaries of nature
  • We have to work harder to provide food security to our people
  • Gandhiji’s mission to wipe every tear from every eye still remains unfulfilled
  • One-fifth of our countrymen still remain below poverty line
  • Our economy is yet to grow at over 10 percent for an extended period of time to make a significant dent on poverty
  • We have to work harder because our war on poverty is not yet over
  • In a fiercely competitive world, we have to work harder than ever to redeem the promises that we make to our people
  • It is for the Election Commission to take this exercise forward in consultation with political parties
  • The time is also ripe for a constructive debate on electoral reforms
  • The edifice of trust has to be strengthened
  • The settled complacencies have to be questioned
  • The imperfections have to be recognized and rectified
  • As our Republic enters her sixty-eighth year, we must acknowledge that our systems are not perfect
  • Collective efforts must be made to bring the focus back to debate, discussion and decision-making
  • Our legislatures lose sessions to disruptions when they should be debating and legislating on issues of importance
  • The depth and breadth of our democracy sparkles in the regular elections being held in our panchayati raj institutions
  • Strength of our democracy is evidenced by the fact that over 66% of the total electorate voted in 2014 General Elections
  • We have a noisy democracy; yet, we need more and not less of democracy
  • These values must reside in the hearts and minds of every Indian
  • A healthy democracy calls for conformity to the values of tolerance, patience and respect for others
  • A wise and discerning mind is necessary for democracy to flourish
  • Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country
  • Our tradition has always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian; not the ‘intolerant’ Indian
  • India’s pluralism & her social, cultural, linguistic & religious diversity are our greatest strength
  • Many of the flagship initiatives of the government have been designed to promote the well-being of the society
  • We must make happiness and well-being of our people as the touchstones of public policy
  • The quest for happiness is closely tied to sustainable development
  • Happiness is equally the outcome of economic and non-economic parameters
  • Happiness is fundamental to the human experience of life
  • This has to be dealt with by inculcating pro-social behaviour
  • Lack of opportunities leads to frustration & unhappiness
  • Youth today are brimming with hope and aspirations
  • Democracy has conferred rights on each one of us; but along with these rights, come responsibilities
  • This sometimes makes it easy for them to take freedom for granted
  • These generations have had privilege of acquiring education, pursuing opportunities & chasing dreams in a free nation
  • Born in independent India, three generations of citizens do not carry the baggage of colonial past
  • As more and more transactions become cashless, it will improve the transparency of the economy
  • Demonetization, while immobilizing black money may have led to temporary slowdown of economic activity
  • Though our exports are yet to pick up, we have managed a stable external sector with sizeable foreign exchange reserves
  • Our economy has been performing well despite the challenging global economic conditions
  • Our education system will have to join hands with innovation to prepare our youth for life-long learning
  • The velocity of technology adoption will call for a workforce that is willing to learn and adapt
  • In the race between man and machine, the winner will have to be job generation
  • Education will have to keep pace with technology
  • Innovation, more so inclusive innovation, will have to become a way of life
  • Evolutionary & incremental growth will have to accommodate rapid disruptions brought in by advances of science & tech
  • But we will have to learn to adjust our sails, quickly and deftly, to the winds of change
  • What has brought us thus far will take us further ahead
  • The journey so far has been eventful, sometimes painful, but most of the times, exhilarating
  • From a net food grains importing country, India is now a leading exporter of food commodities
  • We are 6th member in the race for space and 10th largest industrial power
  • We are the 2nd largest reservoir of scientific & technical manpower, 3rd largest army, 6th member of the nuclear club
  • We are today the fastest growing amongst the major economies of the world
  • Indian democracy has been an oasis of stability in the region troubled by unrest
  • On that day, we became the largest democracy of the world
  • We promised to promote fraternity, dignity of the individual, and unity and integrity of the nation
  • We waited till 26th January, 1950 when the Indian people gave to themselves a Constitution
  • When India attained freedom on 15th August 1947, we did not have an instrument of governance of our own
  • My special greetings to members of our Armed Forces, Para-military Forces and Internal Security Forces
  • On the eve of the sixty-eighth Republic Day of our nation, I extend warm greetings to all of you in India and abroad

President Pranab Mukherjee addresses nation on the eve of 68th Republic Day.

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