The Republic of India has given us a lot to cherish. The constitution gives us freedom of speech, expression, assembly, freedom to move and settle in any part of India, and rights to equality, life and religion.
I am grateful to be born in a country where democratic rule has prevailed.
I may speak my mind out and not be afraid of being charged with blasphemy.
Our country does not censor the internet.
Our country has over two thousand ethnic groups with people belonging to almost every major religion, living peacefully in a society with traditions over five thousand years old.
Our country has pioneered the Non Aligned Movement.
Our country gives us a safe home, a place where we may stay and work without fear.
Our country has prevailed.
Republic Day is the day that we should be glad of being Indian. Let the national flag fly high all over the country. Let us make a vow to protect and preserve our motherland.
A happy Republic Day to all.