President Kovind's message to the nation on the 71st Republic Day
New Delhi. President of India Ramnath Kovind said, my dear countrymen, on the 71st Republic Day, I extend my heartfelt greetings to all the people of India, settled at home and abroad. 7 decades ago, on 26 January, our Constitution came into force. Even before that special significance of this date had been established. After taking the pledge of 'Purna Swaraj', our countrymen celebrated 'Purna Swaraj Day' every year from 1930 to 1947, on 26 January.
That is why, on the same historic day in 1950, we the people of India, of the Constitution Expressing faith in the ideals, began its journey as a republic. And since then we celebrate Republic Day every year on 26 January. The modern republic's system of governance has three parts – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. These three organs are autonomous and are connected to each other and are also based on each other. But in reality, a nation is formed by people. 'We the people of India' operate our republic. The real power to decide our shared future lies with the people of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind said that our Constitution has given us all some rights as citizens of an independent democracy. But within the Constitution itself, we all have also taken the responsibility that we should always be committed to the fundamental democratic ideals of justice, freedom and equality and brotherhood. This is the best way for continued development and mutual brotherhood of the nation. By adopting the values of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, compliance with these constitutional ideals becomes even easier for all of us. In doing so, all of us will be able to give a more meaningful dimension to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.