New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday wrote a letter to citizens on the eve of the 69th Republic Day and urged for the need to defend the constitutional commitments of justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.
“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," Gandhi said in the letter. “More than ever before in the history of our young nation, we must defend these treasured commitments," he added.
In the short 200-word letter, Gandhi spoke about justice for all and how the right of justice is “sacrosanct" adding that laws protect the underprivileged, voiceless and poorest of poor. On equality, he said that each citizen’s right to equality of opportunity should be protected regardless of any factors like economic status, caste, religion or gender.
“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," he added.
Fraternity between everyone should be protected irrespective of backgrounds as everyone shared a “common bond" of belonging to India. “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," Gandhi said in the letter.
Gandhi took over as the Congress president in December last year succeeding Sonia Gandhi, his mother and party’s longest serving president.