Mr Ramnath Kovind has taken over as 14th President of India and was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar at a special function in the Central hall of Parliament this afternoon.
After the swearing-in, he was given 21-gun salute. Addressing the gathering after swearing in, Mr Kovind said, India of the 21st century will be one that is in conformity with ancient values as well as compliant with the fourth industrial revolution. He said, India must combine tradition and technology, wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of a contemporary India.
The President said, nations are not built by governments alone and it can at best be a facilitator and trigger for society’s innate entrepreneurial and creative instincts. Mr Kovind emphasized the need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar and those two touchstones can never be separate.
The President said, India’s success is its diversity, which makes the country unique. He said, this land has a mix of states and regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles and much more.
Mr Kovind said, India’s voice counts in today’s world. He said, entire planet is drawn to Indian culture and soft power and the global community looks up to India for solutions to international problems of terrorism, money laundering and climate change.
The President said, India has achieved a lot as a country but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster is relentless. This is especially so as the country approaches the 75th year of its independence in 2022.
The ceremony was attended by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, senior members of the Cabinet, former Prime Ministers, leaders of BJP and other political parties, MPs and other distinguished people from different walks of life.
Before the ceremony, Mr Kovind visited Rajghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi.