NEW DELHI: Former President Ram Nath Kovind is a “passionate champion of social transformation, speaking for the poor, the historically excluded and oppressed, and the marginalised”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote in a letter.
In a letter to Kovind on his last working day as 14th President of India, the PM hailed him as a person with “compassion and concern for the welfare of the weakest citizen”.
“You were a steadfast and passionate champion of social transformation and inclusion, speaking for the poor, the historically excluded and oppressed, and the marginalised, with special attention to the status and role of women,” PM Modi wrote.
The letter was shared by the former President on his personal Twitter account that was created on Monday. “This letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deeply touched me. I take his kind and heartfelt words as a reflection of the love and respect fellow citizens have showered on me,” he captioned the Twitter post.
PM Modi praised Kovind’s “remarkable personal journey from a small village deep in the heartland of our country to Rashtrapati Bhavan” as “parable” for India’s evolution and development, and an “inspiration for our society”.
“Even as you reached the highest office in our land, you remained firmly and proudly rooted in its soil and connected with the people- happy in their company, sensitive to their problems, perceptive about their expectations, and acutely aware of the needed change,” the letter reads.
He fondly recalled the former President’s visit to his home in Gujarat and his meeting with the PM’s mother Heeraben in Gandhinagar in October 2019.
“Equally special was your gesture of visiting my mother and talking to her on several issues. It showed your deep-rooted commitment to the value-systems integral to our land,” the prime minister wrote.
He further said: “Through your life and career, you have persevered with determination and dignity, with a deep commitment to the morality and integrity that is at the core of the Indian ethos, and with the highest regard and responsibility towards the principles of our Constitution.”
Recalling the then President’s visit to his ancestral home in Paraunkh in UP’s Kanpur on June 3, PM Modi said: “I was particularly touched to see how you had donated your family residence to help others, especially those belonging to the poor and marginalised sections of the society.”