New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday (August 14) addressed the nation on the eve of India's 73rd Independence Day celebrations. 

The President conveyed a message of peace, harmony and goodwill while reminding his fellow countrymen of continuing on the path of nation-building.

While addressing the nation, the President highlighted the significance of August 15 and also said that there is no greater joy than seeing the national flag hoisted around the world as it symbolises national pride.

He further spoke about the massive sacrifices made by the brave country's freedom fighters.

"The generation that fought for India to be independent was not only interested in political power for Indians but in the development of society and every individual," he said.

However, the President did not miss a chance to hail the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution to the country.

Praising the recent progress in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, President Kovind said that the people would now be able to live a life of peace and prosperity. 

"I am confident that the recent changes in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will greatly help the locals there," he said.

Before concluding his speech, the President Kovind paid tribute to Guru Nanak Dev as the year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary. "He is one of the greatest, wisest and most influential Indians of all time - Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He was the founder of Sikhism but the reverence and respect he commands go far beyond just our Sikh brothers and sisters," the President added.

The President also thanked the people for coming out to vote in the recent Lok Sabha election. "Voters deserve congratulations for coming out and exercising their franchise in the 17th General election," he said. 

"It is our responsibility to take our country to newer heights with enthusiasm, and we should work together for it," he added.

The President also made a special mention to the security forces and cops around the country as he saluted their courage and devotion to duty.

President Kovind concluded his speech by stating that massive preparations have been made across the country for Independence Day celebrations while the security in New Delhi has been beefed up. 

Delhi Police, SWAT, NSG commandos and sniper teams have been stationed to ensure to have a safe Independence Day. Meanwhile, the Delhi Traffic Police has also issued an advisory for locals.