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Odishatv Bureau

Our daughters are the biggest hope for the nation. From becoming fighter pilots to space scientists, our daughters are scaling great heights, President Draupadi Murmu said on Sunday.

Addressing the nation in her first Independence day eve speech, the President said, India’s new-found confidence stems from the spirit of its youth, its farmers, and above all, its women. Gender inequalities are reducing and women are moving ahead, breaking many glass ceilings. Their increasing participation in social and political processes will prove decisive. At the grassroots level, we have more than 14 lakh elected women representatives in Panchayati Raj Institutions.

President Murmu called upon Indians to work with the spirit of ‘Nation First’ saying that it is bound to reflect in every decision and every sector.

On the occasion of the 76th Independence Day tomorrow, she said, “As all of us celebrate the anniversary of that day, we bow to all those men and women who made enormous sacrifices to make it possible for us to live in a free India.

Praising the government’s efforts for celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, ‘Har Ghar Tiranga Abhiyan’, Murmu said The Indian tricolours are fluttering in every nook and corner of the country. Great martyrs would have been thrilled to see the spirit of the Independence Movement coming alive again on such a massive scale.

The government’s decision last year to observe 15th November as ‘Janajatiya Gaurav Divas’ is welcome because our tribal heroes are not merely local or regional icons but they inspire the entire nation, she further added.

On the future ahead, the President said, “The lessons learnt in the process (of the last 75 years) will prove useful as we move towards the next milestone in the journey of the nation – the Amrit Kaal, the 25 years to the celebration of the centenary of our Independence.

By the year 2047, we will have fully realised the dreams of our freedom fighters. We will have given a concrete shape to the vision of those who, led by Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, drafted the Constitution.

The President also lauded the country’s response towards the Covid battle in the world scale and exuded confidence on the resurgence of India’s strong economy.

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