'Mother India is Not Respected by Her Own Children,' President on Women's Safety | Read

PUBLISHED ON: January 25, 2015 | Duration: 16 min, 40 sec

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation on the eve of India's 66th Republic Day. (Video Courtesy: DD News)

Here are the highlights:

• Convey my special greetings to member of armed forces, paramilitary forces and other security forces.
• 26th January holds an everlasting place in our national memory.
• After three decades, the people have voted to power a single party for a stable government.
• It pains me to see that Mother India is not respected by her own children when it comes to the safety of women.
• Atrocities of rape, murders, harassment on the roads, kidnapping and dowry deaths have made women fearful even in their own homes.
• The Indian Constitution is the holy book of democracy.
• The most powerful example of India's soft power lies in our definition of the relationship between faith and polity.
• The world must join India in fighting the menace of terrorism.
• Economic progress is also a test of democracy. 2015 is a year of hope.
• Achieving five percent plus growth rates each in the first two quarters of 2014-15 is a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of 7-8 percent.
• Our national ambition is to raise the quality of life of Indians by quantum leaps.
• Our youth must lead the way to mastery of technology and communication.
• The cloud has become a library without frontiers and vast opportunity awaits within the computer in your palm.
• We can never cease to learn from a Mahatma, let us follow his example, and become worthy children of a magnificent father.
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