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President Ram Nath Kovind speaks about the Bharat of his dreams in his inaugural address to the nation
After being sworn in as the 14th President of India on July 25, Ram Nath Kovind chose to make his inaugural address immediately after the ceremony in which he spoke about Bharat of his dreams.

"The India of the 21st century will be one that is in conformity with our ancient values as well as compliant with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There is no dichotomy there, no question of choice. We must combine tradition and technology, the wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of a contemporary India," said the President as stated in English version of an official release.

The release added, "We would be completing 70 years of our Independence soon. We are also well into the second decade of the 21st century, a century that so many of us intuitively believe will be an Indian century, guided and shaped by India and its accomplishments. We need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar. For us, those two touchstones can never be separate. They are and must forever be linked."

He was of the view that 'nation building' was a joint effort of government and citizens and the release stated him saying, "Nations are not built by governments alone. The government can at best be a facilitator, and a trigger for society's innate entrepreneurial and creative instincts. Nation building requires national pride..." He stressed the need to take pride in the culture, heritage and spirituality of India.

Since, my interest lies in education, the President's dream of an ideal teacher in the form of a 'nation builder' or a 'self-less teacher who equips young children and shapes their destinies, is a nation builder'.

"We have achieved a lot as a nation, but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster should be relentless. This is especially so as we approach the 75th Year of our independence in 2022. What must also bother us is our ability to enhance access and opportunity for the last person and the last girl-child from an under-privileged family if I may put it so, in the last house in the last village. This must include a quick and affordable justice delivery system in all judicial forums," release stated.

He concluded, "The citizens of this country are the real source of strength to me. I am confident that they will continue to give me the energy to serve the nation. We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji. These are integral to our sense of humanism. This is the India of our dreams, an India that will provide equality of opportunities. This will be the India of the 21st century."

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