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President’s Address to the Nation on Eve of 74th Independence Day – All India Radio (AIR) IAS UPSC

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President’s Address to the Nation on Eve of 74th Independence Day

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On Self-reliance or ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative

  • India’s self-reliance means being self-sufficient without alienating or creating distance from the world. 
  • India will continue to engage with the world economy while maintaining its identity.
  • It has been the tradition of India that we do not just live for ourselves, but work for the well-being of the entire world.

Vasudhaiv kutumbakam: The global community is but one family

  • Our brave soldiers laid down their lives defending our 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. 
  • 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.

On India’s Freedom Struggle and Democracy

  • When India won freedom, many predicted that our experiment with democracy will not last long. They saw our ancient traditions and rich diversity as hurdles in democratisation of our polity. 
  • 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.
  • The ethos of our freedom struggle forms the foundation of modern India. Our visionary leaders brought together a diversity of world views to forge a common national spirit. They were committed to the cause of liberating Bharat Mata from oppressive foreign rule and securing the future of her children. Their thoughts and actions shaped the identity of India as a modern nation.

On Gandhiji’s teachings answer to present day problems: 

  • Troubled by social strife, economic problems, and climate change, the world should seek relief in Gandhiji’s teachings. His quest for equality and justice is the mantra for our Republic.
  • The nation is indebted to doctors, nurses and other health workers who have been continuously on the forefront of our fight against this virus.
  • Look at the current crisis as an opportunity to initiate reforms to revitalise the economy for the benefit of all, specially farmers and small entrepreneurs.
  • The invisible virus has demolished the illusion that human being is the master of nature. It is still not too late for humanity to correct its course and live in harmony with nature. ‘Human-centric collaboration’ is more important than ‘economy-centric inclusion’, in the present context.
  • 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, for better future. 
  • Adoption of science and technology, in harmony with nature, will help sustain our survival and growth. 

Prayer for the well-being

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः,सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तुमा कश्चिद् दु:खभाग् भवेत्॥

It means:

May all be happy,

May all be free from illness,

May all see what is auspicious,

May no one come to grief.

The message of this prayer for universal well-being is India’s unique gift to humanity.

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