• President Ram Nath Kovind called upon citizens to perform the “sacred” act of voting and described this year’s election as a “once-in-a-century moment” that will shape the future of India. The “Indian model”
rested on the tripod of diversity, democracy and development.
• In an indirect reference to the 10% quota for the economically weaker sections, President Kovind mentioned that the recent Constitution amendment to provide special facilities for talented children from poorer families was another step towards achieving Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams.
What are the major points focussed by President?
• An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action.
• It represents renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society. It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India
Stressing the importance of an inclusive and pluralistic growth model
• The President said: “This country belongs to each of us and to all of us every group and every community, every region and every identity.
• It belongs to every citizen and every individual. India’s pluralism is its greatest strength and its greatest example to the world.
• While physical infrastructure such as roads, ports, railways and metro services were all integrating India like never before, the best indicator of social change was society’s attitude towards gender equity and providing equal opportunities to women.
• President Kovind reminded the nation that 2019 marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and it will be followed by the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.
• In his [B.R.Ambedkar’s] honour and in our Constitution’s honour, the nation will celebrate Constitution Day this
year in an appropriate manner.
Mains Paper 2: Polity
Prelims level: Not Much
Mains level: Voting Behaviour