New Delhi: Preseident Ram Nath Kovind said in his televised address to the nation on Tuesday that India is at a pivotal moment and should not allow contentious issues and extraneous debates to distract the country from its objectives.
He said that India is at a juncture that is different from any other period because it is "at the cusp of achieving many of our long-awaited goals".
"The power to stay your hand is far greater than the power to strike with your hand and hinsa (violence) has no place in the society, President Kovind said against the backdrop of concerns over mob killings.
"If we define freedom in narrow, political terms, then August 15, 1947, marks a closure... But freedom is a broader concept... a constant and relentless endeavour," he said.
"I would argue that every Indian who does not jump the queue and respects the civic space and rights of those ahead in the line also lives up to the principles of our freedom struggle," President Kovind said.
"The pace of change and development in our country is rapid and appreciable. And as per our civilisational traditions, it is driven by our people, by civil society and by a partnership between citizen and government. Its focus, again in keeping with the essence of Indian thought, is on a better life for the less fortunate," the President noted.