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Republic Day 2020: Stating that the Constitution gave rights to all the citizens of a free democratic nation, President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday also emphasised on the responsibility to always adhere to the central tenets of the democracy - justice, liberty, equality and fraternity.

"It becomes easier for us to follow these constitutional ideals, if we keep in mind the life and values of the Father of our Nation. By doing so, we will be adding a meaningful dimension to our celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji," Kovind said in his customary address to the nation on the eve of 71st Republic Day,

He also said that the youth should not forget "the gift of non-violence Gandhi gave to humanity".  The President also said that modern India comprises three organs - Legislature, Executive and Judiciary - which are necessarily interlinked and interdependent. "Yet, on the ground, the people comprise the State. 'We the People' are the prime movers of the Republic. With us, the people of India rests the real power to decide our collective future," he said.