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  • 7:41 PM IST

    President Ram Nath Kovind concludes address with ‘Jai Hind’.

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    LIVE: “The illustrious generation that led us to freedom did not perceive independence only in terms of transfer of political power. They considered it a stepping stone in a longer and larger process of nation-building and national welding,” said President Ram Nath Kovind.

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    LIVE: “When we design and deliver welfare programmes for our disadvantaged fellow citizens and families, when we seek to harness the power of the sun as renewable energy, we put Gandhian philosophy into action,” said President Ram Nath Kovind.
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    LIVE: “Earlier this summer, people of India participated in the 17th general election, the largest democratic exercise in human history. For this, I must congratulate our voters. They turned up at polling stations in large numbers and with much enthusiasm,” President Kovind congratulated.

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    LIVE: Further speaking on the abrogation of Article 370, President Ram Nath Kovind added, “These (changes) include progressive, egalitarian laws & provisions related to RTE; accessing public info through RTI; reservations in education & employment & other facilities for deprived communities & justice for our daughters by abolishing unequal practices such as instant triple talaq.”

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    LIVE: “Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will benefit from the latest changes,” President Kovind said on the abrogation of Article 370.

  • 7:11 PM IST

    LIVE: President Kovind said, “This year also marks the 550th birth anniversary of one of the greatest, wisest & most influential Indians of all time Guru Nanak Dev ji. He was the founder of Sikhism but the reverence and respect he commands go far beyond just our Sikh brothers and sisters.”

New Delhi: On the eve of 73rd Independence Day, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation.

On August 15, 1947, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the Indian National flag at the Red Fort in Delhi. Keeping the tradition alive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also raise the tricolour at the Red Fort on Thursday, August 15.

Meanwhile, heavy security has been deployed in the national capital and Jammu and Kashmir in view of Independence Day celebrations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on Thursday. It will be his sixth consecutive Independence Day speech.