Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday greeted Indians on the eve of its 69th Republic Day. His Republic Day greeting borrowed the salient features of the preamble of the Indian constitution as he sought to remind the constitution’s commitment on ‘JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY and FRATERNITY.’
His message came a day after the right-wing terrorists belonging to the Rajput Karni Sena had attacked a bus full of school children in Haryana’s Gurgaon. Similar instances of violence were reported from other BJP-ruled states in opposition to the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on Thursday.
Here’s the full Republic Day message from Gandhi;
My dearest fellow citizens,
On the eve of our 69th Republic day, as we celebrate our beloved nation, let us also remember the Indian constitution and the commitment we made to all our citizens: JUSTICE, LIBERTY, EQUALITY and FRATERNITY.
More than ever before in the history of our young nation, we must defend these treasured commitments:
JUSTICE for all. Together we must strive to ensure that the constitutional right of justice is sacrosanct and India’s laws protect the underprivileged, the voiceless and the poorest of the poor.
LIBERTY to express ourselves freely, without fear of verbal or physical intimidation and violence. We are citizens of a democratic republic and our strength is built upon a diversity of religion, cultures, ideas and opinions.
EQUALITY of opportunity, regardless of our economic status, caste, religion or gender. Where each citizen is treated equally not just in the letter of the law but in our actions and in the way we treat each other.
FRATERNITY between each Indian as equal individuals. No matter our background, we are proud to share a common bond: our belonging to this beautiful nation.
On this Republic day, let us renew our lifelong pledge to protect our constitution, the keystone of our cherished Republic, and to defend it as one people, whenever it is endangered.
I wish you all very happy Republic Day.