'It should be our resolve that by 2047…’: President Murmu in maiden Independence Day eve address

Updated on Aug 14, 2022 09:30 PM IST

In her first national address as the head of state, Murmu also lauded India's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Droupadi Murmu addressding the nation (twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn)
President Droupadi Murmu addressding the nation (twitter.com/rashtrapatibhvn)
By, New Delhi

In her maiden national address on the eve of 75th anniversary of India's independence, President Droupadi Murmu on Sunday said that it should be a collective resolve of the citizens to fully realise the dream of our freedom fighters by 2047, when the country will celebrate a century of years as an independent nation.

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Murmu, who assumed the country's highest office on July 25, also lauded India's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “When the world was suffering due to economic consequences of the pandemic, India got itself back on track, and is again moving forward at a rapid pace. At present, it is one of the fastest growing major economies in the world,” she said.

She also lauded the national Covid-19 vaccination drive, which, last month, achieved the historic landmark of 2 billion (200 crore) doses.

The country's fifteenth President – and the second woman to hold the top post – further remarked that while in most democratic countries, women had to undergo a long struggle for their right to vote, India, since the very beginning, adopted universal adult suffrage (right to vote for every citizen who is aged 18 or above).

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President Murmu described India's daughters as the biggest hope of the nation.

“From becoming fighter pilots to space scientists, our daughters are scaling great heights,” she said.

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