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“Rare emotional gesture…”: President’s tribute to “Land of his birth”

By Priyanka Verma 
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President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday (June 27) arrived in Uttar Pradesh for a three-day trip. According to the schedule, President visited his native village Paraunkh. In a heart-warming and emotional gesture, the President bowed and touched the ground to pay obeisance to the land of his birth.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan has shared the pictures on Twitter, showing the President of India bowing down to the ground shortly after landing at the helipad near his village Paraunkh, in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh.

The caption reads, “In a rare emotional gesture, after landing at the helipad near his village, Paraunkh of Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, President Ram Nath Kovind bowed and touched the soil to pay obeisance to the land of his birth.”

President Ram Nath Kovind boarded a special train from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station for his native place in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur on June 25. He was accompanied by his wife Savita Kovind. He arrived at his native village on a helicopter and landed near his village.

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“Vaccination campaign is going on all over the country and also in Uttar Pradesh. Vaccination is also like a shield to protect against the corona epidemic. That is why I suggest that you all get yourself vaccinated, but also motivate others to get vaccinated,” said the President while addressing a Jan Abhinandan Samaroh at his village.

Noting the contribution of his hometown in his journey, the President said: “Wherever I am, the smell of the soil of my village and the memories of the residents of my village are always present in my heart. For me, Paraunkh is not just a village, it is my motherland, from where I have always been inspired to go ahead and serve the country.”

“I had never imagined even in my dreams that an ordinary boy like me from the village would get the privilege of discharging the responsibilities of the highest office of the country. But our democratic system has shown this by doing it,” President Kovind added.

Earlier, the President, accompanied by First Lady Savita Devi Kovind, boarded a special train to his native place Kanpur, reviving an old tradition of the Head of State travelling in a presidential saloon. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad was the last President to use a presidential saloon in 2006.

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