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Ram Nath Kovind in inaugural speech: Will ‘stay true to trust bestowed by country’26 Jul 2017 | 1:55 AM

NEW DELHI:In a well-crafted inaugural speech marking all the right notes on the country’s distinctiveness — multiplicity with togetherness, 14th President Ram Nath Kovind today said the key to India’s success was in its diversity.

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Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 25

In a well-crafted inaugural speech marking all the right notes on the country’s distinctiveness — multiplicity with togetherness, 14th President Ram Nath Kovind today said the key to India’s success was in its diversity. 

Accepting the post “in all humility” after being sworn in by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Kovind remembered his journey from the humble origins in an Uttar Pradesh village to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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He promised to uphold the trust reposed in him by the 125 crore citizens and “to stay true to the trust they have bestowed” on him.

His first speech in the Central Hall of Parliament outlining the vision for India as a world leader in the 21st century addressed all sections of society — farmers, women, youth, scientists, teachers, doctors, nurses and armed forces. “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 said.

But if one expected references to Jawaharlal Nehru when he spoke about Independence, there were none. Kovind said, “Our Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation.”

 “Principal architect of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar instilled in us the values of human dignity and of the republican ethic,” he said. But then, the first BJP leader to assume the top post also did not refer to any saffron leader, apart from Deen Dayal Upadhyay, in his maiden speech.

He also made no mention of former President KR Naraynan, a Dalit like him. “I am conscious I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr S Radhakrishnan, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as ‘Pranab Da’,” Kovind said in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers, MPs, Governors, Chief Ministers, Judges, former President Pratibha Patil and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries.

If his first address to the nation indicated the saffron/Sangh line of thought in any way, it was the statement that “we must combine tradition and technology, the wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of a contemporary India”.

Advocating the need to build an India that was “an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar”, Kovind said, “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.”

India, he said, should focus on its ability to “enhance access and opportunity for the last person and the last girl child from an underprivileged family in the last house in the last village...  This is the India of our dreams, an India that will provide equality of opportunities. This will be the India of the 21st century.”

Diversity key to success: PrezPresident Ram Nath Kovind inspects a guard of honour after being sworn in at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday. REUTERS

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NEW DELHI:China today continued to send hostile signals on the Doklam standoff. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Indian troops must withdraw as senior Indian officials had openly admitted that Chinese troops “did not enter the Indian boundary”.

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NEW DELHI:The CPM central committee today outvoted a proposal by the Bengal unit to allow party general secretary Sitaram Yechury an unprecedented third term in the Rajya Sabha with the support of the Congress.

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26 Jul 2017 | 1:55 AM

NEW DELHI:Setting the ball rolling for the appointment of the next Chief Justice of India, current incumbent JS Khehar has named Justice Dipak Misra as his successor, a senior functionary said tonight.

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NEW DELHI:For the 14th time in India’s history, a new president stepped into the Rashtrapati Bhavan today, on a day of ceremony and regalia that started with a gentle knock at the door of Ram Nath Kovind’s Akbar Road residence in the morning.

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CHANDIGARH: Keen on saving around Rs 40 crore a month, the Punjab Government has set July 31 as the deadline for its offices to vacate rented private buildings. However, the respective district authorities are not prepared to move out.

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26 Jul 2017 | 1:14 AM

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26 Jul 2017 | 1:14 AM

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26 Jul 2017 | 1:01 AM

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In a historic first for Indian boxing, the country will host the men’s World Championship for the first time in 2021 besides next year’s women’s World Championship.

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