Remembering the country’s first president Dr Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the nation owed him for his inspiring leadership in a time when India was getting freedom from the British and going through partition. “I bow to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary. Our nation owes a lot to him for his inspiring leadership at a crucial time,” he tweeted.
Along with Dr Prasad’s birth anniversary, Thursday also marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is commemorated to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
The prime minister also tweeted that he salutes the determination of disabled people of the country. “On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I salute determination of our Divyang sisters and brothers and convey my best wishes to them,” he said adding that,”Let us continue our ongoing efforts with renewed vigour & create a nation where both accessibility and equality prevail.”
At a meeting early December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that he thought persons with disability should be renamed as people who are ‘divyang’, or those possessed with divinity. In his ‘Man ki Baat’ address on December 27, 2015 he repeated the thought. With the Railway Budget of 2016, the term ‘divyang’ found its place in the first official document.