Education the mantra that can transform India's economic fortunes: Mukherjee

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 16:00 hrs

Stating that the spirit of India is written in stone, President Pranab Mukherjee, in his first Republic Day address to the nation, said on Friday that the country's most impregnable asset is self-belief, and added that each challenge should be seen as an opportunity "to strengthen our resolve to achieve unprecedented economic growth and social stability."

Speaking ahead of India's 64th Republic Day celebrations, Mukherjee said: "Such resolve must be nourished by an avalanche of investment, particularly in better and greater education."

Education, he added, is the ladder that can help those at the bottom to rise to the pinnacles of professional and social status.

"Education is the mantra that can transform our economic fortunes and eliminate the gaps that have made our society unequal. So far education has not reached, to the extent desired, to those most in need of this ladder. India can double its growth rate by turning today's disadvantaged into multiple engines of economic development," the President said.

"On our 64th Republic Day, there may be some reason for concern, but none for despair. If India has changed more in six decades than six previous centuries, then I promise you that it will change more in the next ten years than in the previous sixty. India's enduring vitality is at work, Mukherjee said.

He concluded by saying: "Even the British sensed that they were leaving a land which was very different from the one they had occupied. At the base of the Jaipur Column in Rashtrapati Bhavan there is an inscription:

"In thought faith...

In word wisdom...

In deed courage...

In life service...

So may India be great" (ANI)

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