President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of the 73rd Independence Day on August 14 and enlightened on the efforts made by Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle of the country. Speaking for the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation which is going to be celebrated on October 2, President Kovind highlighted how Mahatma Gandhi guidances are valuable even today which are helpful in facing the serious challenges of our lives.
"After few weeks on October 2, we will be celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. He was the great leader of our freedom struggle. He helped us as a guide in our efforts to free the society from all kinds of injustice. Gandhiji's guidance is equally relevant today. He had already anticipated the serious challenges of today," President Kovind said.
He further said that Mahatma Gandhi believed in sustainable development, adding that the lives of the people of the country are being made simpler with the ideologies of the Father of the Nation.
"Gandhiji believed that we should use the resources of nature with discretion so that the balance of development and nature always remains. Many of our ongoing efforts make Gandhiji's ideas real. The lives of our countrymen are being made better through many welfare programs. Special emphasis is being made on increasing the use of solar energy on the lines of Gandhiji's ideologies," he added.
President Kovind also extended heartiest wishes to the Sikh community on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary year of Guru Nanak Dev.
"This year also marks the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. He is one of the greatest saints of India. As the founder of Sikh religion, not only the Sikh community, but the people from the entire country have a strong belief in his teachings. I extend my heartiest wishes to all the followers of Guru Nanak Devji for this auspicious year," Kovind said.
On August 15, 2019, India will celebrate its 73rd Independence Day. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the tricolour at the Red Fort and will deliver a speech to the nation. On this day, India attained its freedom from the British Raj after a long battle fought by freedom fighters, political leaders among others.