On the eve of the 74th Republic Day, President Droupadi Murmu addressed the nation and lauded the Constitution, and said that India had succeeded as a democratic republic because various creeds and different languages have not divided, but united the country. “That essence was at the heart of the Constitution, which has withstood the test of time,” she said.
In her first speech ahead of Republic Day, Murmu said that those who shaped the Modern Indian mind also welcomed progressive ideas from abroad, following Vedic advice, “Aano bhadra krtavo yantu vishwatah. (Let noble thoughts come to us from all directions). A long and profound thought process culminated in our Constitution”.
Among the government programs, President Droupadi Murmu mentioned the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative, the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the New Education Policy (NEP), and Digital India Mission. Murmu said, said the NEP has introduced ambitious changes, appreciates the role of technology, and addresses the two-fold aims of education as an instrument of economic and social empowerment and as a means “to explore truth”.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, India’s chief guest for Republic Day, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Wednesday. President Murmu will also host a state banquet in his honor this evening. Earlier in the day, El-Sisi met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held wide-ranging talks focusing on ways to enhance bilateral ties in a range of areas, including agriculture, digital domain, culture, and trade. El-Sisi is the first Egyptian president to be invited as the chief guest for the event.