Highlights of President Pratibha Patil’s address

August 14th, 2008 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) Following are the highlights of President Pratibha Patil’s address to the nation Thursday on the eve of Independence Day: * Terrorism will never succeed in discouraging us from our resolve in building a strong India.

* No place for violence as it undermines progress.

* Multilateral issues be made more equitable and reflect contemporary realities.

* Calls upon countrymen to work for a strong democratic India that is economically vibrant and modern.

* Implement development and social welfare schemes with dedication and zeal.

* Advocates special attention to the development of agriculture and rural areas.

* Calls upon agro-scientists to usher in a second Green Revolution.

* Stresses the need for sustainable and cleaner sources to address energy security issues.

* Asks scientists and researchers to find efficient and cost-effective options for growth.

* Asks to focus on imparting values and building skills of youth to create a productive work force.

* Calls for better growth avenues for women to help overcome prejudices against them.

* Malpractices like dowry, female foeticide, and drug addiction must be eradicated from our society - media has an important role to play in this.

* Emphasises upholding high moral values of truth and non-violence.

* Age-old values of harmony, tolerance and mutual respect hold the country together.

* Calls for focussing equally on duties along with rights.

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