On the eve of 70th Independence Day, President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the attacks on Dalits and minorities, and said that these incidents should be dealt with firmly.
While addressing the nation, he cautioned against unmindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda and polarising debates by groups and individuals. He said they lead to institutional travesty and constitutional subversion.
Mukherjee further payed respect to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom.
“This is for the fifth time as I speak to you on the eve of Independence Day. As we celebrate our 70th Independence day, I respectfully bow to the heroes who sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us,” he said.
He also pitched for safety of women and children and said it determines well being of state and society.
“The safety and security that we provide to our women and children, determines well being of state and society. We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we fail to protect our women and children” said Mukherjee