A Brief Summary of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee’s Republic Day Address 2014


The Following is a Brief Summary of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee’s Republic Day 2014 Address to the nation on 25th January 2014: 

  • Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy and weakens the foundations of our state.
  • If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments.
  • Equally dangerous is the rise of hypocrisy in public life.
  • Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions.Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible.Government is not a charity shop.Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance.False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power.
  • If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. 
  • This rage will abate only when governments deliver what they were elected to deliver social and economic progress, not at a snail’s pace, but with the speed of a racehorse.
  • Those in office must eliminate the trust deficit between them and the people.Those in politics should understand that every election comes with a warning sign: perform, or perish.
  • There will be a new government before I speak to you again on the eve of our Independence Day. Who wins the coming election is less important than the fact that whosoever wins must have an undiluted commitment to stability, honesty, and the development of India.
  • Our problems will not disappear overnight.I know that democracy has this marvelous ability to self-correct.It is the physician that heals itself, and 2014 must become a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years.
  • 1950 saw the birth of our Republic. I am sure that 2014 will be the year of resurgence.
Jai Hind!
-Pranab Mukherjee
President of India
25th January 2014

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