New Delhi, January 25: President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday urged people, particularly the youth, to remain non-violent when fighting for a cause and stressed on the need to “hold fast to constitutional methods” of achieving social and economic objectives.
He also said that the youth should not forget “the gift of non-violence Gandhi gave to humanity”. “Gandhiji’s talisman for deciding whether an act is right or wrong also applies to the functioning of our democracy,” the president said in his customary address to the nation on the eve of 71st Republic Day.
The President also highlighted the central tenets of the democracy — justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.
“Our Constitution gave us rights as citizens of a free democratic nation, but also placed on us the responsibility to always adhere to the central tenets of our democracy — justice, liberty, equality and fraternity,” he said.
“It becomes easier for us to follow these constitutional ideals, if we keep in mind the life and values of the Father of our Nation,” he added.
President Kovind also said that by following the central tenets of the democracy, we (citizens) will be adding a meaningful dimension to our celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji.
The President also referred to the Preamble of the Constitution and said though legislature, executive and judiciary were the three organs of the modern stateand yet people comprise the state on the ground and have the real power to decide the country’s collective future.
Kovind said the Constitution came into effect on January 26 seven decades ago but the date had acquired special significance even before that.
Noting that the modern state comprises the three organs – legislature, executive and judiciary, he said they are necessarily interlinked and interdependent.
“Yet, on the ground, the people comprise the State. ‘We the People’ are the prime movers of the Republic. With us, the people of India rests the real power to decide our collective future,” he added.