–By Jay Singh Rawat
THE REPUBLIC DAY MESSAGE OF THE LAST GOVERNOR GENERAL OF INDIA ON 25 JANUARY 1950
“On the eve of my laying down the office with the inauguration of the Republic tomorrow, 1 should like to tender my greetings and my best wishes to the men and women of India who will henceforth be citizens of a Republic. I feel deeply thankful for the affection showered on me by all sections of the people, which alone enabled me to bear the burden of an office to the duties and conventions of which I had been an utter stranger,
I am confident our Government will overcome all difficulties and that we shall march steadily forward. There are some people who have no ear for the voice of Hope and who have acquired a taste for evil omens. May that melancholy tribe grow less. I speak now to those cheerful men and women who hope rather than despair and – God bless them – who would work each in his or her allotted task believing that things are bound to come right if we carry on honestly, I do not believe that India has suddenly got economically poorer. Relative values have changed. Distribution has been modified. These are- necessary changes and should not be deplored, although they may be disturbing for the time being. As long as we continue to work, I assure you, no economic disaster can come down upon us. We should not give way to depression. The fundamental basis of national wealth is industriousness and as long as we preserve that from deterioration, we cannot be worse off than we were before and it lies with us to improve
our condition by greater effort. We should not confuse individual ups and downs with the country’s prosperity as a whole.
We have capable and, what is even more important, good men to guide the country Let us give our utmost loyalty and cooperation to them. Let us not be fortune-hunters but devoted citizens of a great Republic in which everyone must do his allotted task with zeal and integrity so that we may fulfill the hopes which the civilized nations of the world have entertained about us.”