India believes in peace but additionally able to giving befitting response to any try of aggression: Prez Kovind

New Delhi, August 14

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday mentioned whereas India believed in peace, it was additionally able to giving a befitting response to any try of aggression as proven by its troops in Galwan Valley in jap Ladakh after “some in our neighbourhood”, a veiled reference to China, tried to hold out their “misadventure of expansion”.

In his tackle to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, Kovind additionally spoke in regards to the ‘Aatmanirbhar’ initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and allayed fears of international buyers saying India’s self-reliance means being self-sufficient with out alienating or creating distance from the world, with which it will proceed to interact.

Touching upon the COVID-19 pandemic, Kovind mentioned: “The nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of the fight against the disease which has disrupted all activities world over and taken a huge toll.”

India’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed 24 lakh on Friday after 64,553 extra individuals examined optimistic and the recoveries rose to over 17 lakh, based on the Health Ministry.

He additionally complimented the Modi authorities, noting it is vitally reassuring to notice that the Centre whereas anticipating the large problem responded successfully and effectively in time. “For a country so vast and diverse with high population density, meeting this challenge requires super-human efforts.”

Without taking China’s identify, the President mentioned: “While the world community needs to fight together against the greatest challenge (COVID-19) before humanity, some in our neighbourhood tried to carry out their misadventure of expansion.”

He saluted the courageous troopers who laid down their lives defending the nation’s borders.

“Those worthy sons of ‘Bharat Mata’ lived and died for national pride. The entire nation salutes the martyrs of Galwan Valley. Every Indian feels grateful to their family members,” he mentioned.

As many as 20 personnel of the Indian military have been killed throughout clashes with the Chinese PLA in Galwan Valley in jap Ladakh on June 15.

“Their bravery in combat has demonstrated that while we believe in peace, we are also capable of giving a befitting response to any attempt of aggression. We are proud of the members of our Armed Forces, paramilitary forces and police personnel who protect the borders and ensure our internal security.”

The President additionally mentioned building of the temple at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya “was indeed a moment of pride for all”. Prime Minister Modi carried out the ‘bhoomi poojan’ for the Ram temple on August 5.

“People of the country maintained restraint and patience for a long time and reposed unflinching trust in the judicial system. The issue of Ram Janmabhoomi was resolved through the judicial process.”

All involved events and the individuals respectfully accepted the decision of the Supreme Court and displayed earlier than the world, Indian ethos of peace, non-violence, love and concord, he mentioned.

Talking in regards to the financial system, the President mentioned it had been the custom of India that “we do not just live for ourselves, but work for the well-being of the entire world”.

“India’s self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world. It implies that India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity,” President Kovind mentioned, including that the overwhelming assist India acquired on the elections for the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council was an affidavit to the goodwill we get pleasure from internationally.

The yr 2020 had taught some robust classes to the world because the “invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature”, he mentioned, including he believed it’s nonetheless not too late for humanity to right its course and reside in concord with nature and make sure that 21st century is remembered because the century when humanity put apart variations and collaborated to save lots of the planet.

The pandemic, like local weather change, has woke up the worldwide neighborhood to our shared future.

In my view, ‘human-centric collaboration’ was extra vital than ‘economy-centric inclusion’, within the current context, he mentioned, including “the greater this change, the better it will be for the humanity”.

He mentioned the second lesson was that “we are all equal before nature and we primarily depend on our fellow residents for survival and growth”.

“Coronavirus does not recognize any artificial divisions created by human society. This reinforces the belief that we need to rise above all man-made differences, prejudices, and barriers. Compassion and mutual help have been adopted as basic values by the people in India. We need to further strengthen this virtue in our conduct. Only then can we create a better future for all of us.”

He additionally mentioned it was time for augmenting well being infrastructure as public hospitals and laboratories had been main the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.

“Public health services have helped the poor cope with the pandemic. In view of this, public health infrastructure needs to be expanded and strengthened,” he added.

The President, whereas talking in regards to the classes learnt, talked about that the pandemic has highlighted the necessity to speed up developments in science and expertise.

“During the lockdown and subsequent unlocking, information and communication technology has emerged as an effective tool for governance, education, business, office work and social connect. It has helped meet the twin objectives of saving lives and resumption of activities,” he mentioned.

He highlighted that authorities places of work, in addition to the judiciary, had been extensively utilizing a digital interface to discharge their features and expertise had enabled sure institutions in authorities and personal sectors to work time beyond regulation to maintain the wheels of the financial system working.

“Thus, we have learnt the lesson that adoption of science and technology, in harmony with nature, will help sustain our survival and growth,” he mentioned.

Kovind additionally spoke in regards to the New Education Policy unveiled lately, and mentioned he was assured that with the implementation of this coverage, a brand new high quality schooling system could be developed and this can remodel the longer term challenges into alternatives, paving the way in which for a New India.

He mentioned when India received freedom, many predicted that our experiment with democracy wouldn’t final lengthy….“but we have always nurtured them as our strengths that make the largest democracy in the world so vibrant. India has to continue playing its leading role for the betterment of humanity”.

He complimented individuals for displaying endurance and knowledge being demonstrated in dealing with the pandemic has been appreciated everywhere in the world.

“I am confident that you will continue to maintain caution and act responsibly,” the President mentioned.

India had rather a lot to supply to the worldwide neighborhood, particularly for mental and religious enrichment and promotion of world peace, he mentioned and added: “With this spirit, I offer a prayer for the well-being of one and all.” PTI

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