Fellow citizens,

On the auspicious occasion of our 72nd Republic Day, I extend my heartiest greetings and felicitations to all the Indians living in Punjab and abroad. I also send my greetings to the brave personnel of our armed forces who are guarding and defending the borders of our country thereby protecting the unity and territorial integrity of the Nation.

On this occasion my thoughts go back to millions of unsung heroes of the freedom struggle, who lived and died valiantly, for the freedom of our nation and also to the countless men and women who faced immense sufferings in the struggle for Independence of our country.

The world 'REPUBLIC' is not an ordinary world. It is a commitment to the effect that, in our State, supreme power is exercised by the people. This historic occasion is a day of rejoicing, as today we enjoy the status of being the world's largest democracy and one of the major players in the world.

A Special emphasis has been laid, at national and state levels, in recent years on rapid and more inclusive growth with the focus on bringing about social equality through the reduction of poverty and empowering our people by adopting multi-pronged strategies.

The unprecedented contribution of Punjab to the cause of Freedom of our country is unmatched anywhere in the history of the world. The great martyrs Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Udham Singh, Kartar Singh Sarabha, Dewan Singh Kalepani and many more who shed every drop of their blood and had languished in jails, have left a rich legacy for all of us which demands unbounded love and respect of our motherland besides firm commitment to preserve India's glory and independence.