New Delhi: After expressing doubts about tickle down theories, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday cautioned against rage manifesting itself if progress fell behind rising aspirations of the youth.
In his maiden address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day, he also called for making Indian economy a launching pad for a second freedom struggle to eradicate hunger, disease and poverty.
"If progress falls behind rising aspirations, particularly of the young, rage will manifest itself. We are a nation that is becoming younger both in age and spirit; this is an opportunity as well as a challenge," he said.
In the speech in Parliament after his election last month, Mukherjee had talked of poverty and hunger and said trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor.

"We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India," he had said.
In today's address, Mukherjee said the young thirst for knowledge that will lift their skills; and for opportunity that will put India on the fast track to the first world.
"They have the character; they need the chance. Education is the seed; and economy is the fruit. Provide good education; disease, hunger and poverty will recede.
"As I said in my acceptance speech, our motto must be: All for knowledge and knowledge for all. Vision cannot be an open-ended vista; it must be focused on our youth," the President said.

Mukherjee said inflation, particularly high food prices, remains a cause of worry and several gaps are yet to be bridged in this growth story, including in the areas of infrastructure and agriculture.
He said there is a need to fast-track the creation of high quality infrastructure and to extend green revolution to across the country.
"Notwithstanding the tremendous pressure of an adverse external environment, our economy today is more resilient and confident. Yet there are several gaps that need to be bridged.
"Green revolution has to be extended to the eastern region of our country. Creation of high quality infrastructure has to be fast tracked. Education and health services have to reach the last man at the earliest. Much has been done, a lot more remains to be done," he said.
Mukherjee further said that "two decades of steady economic reforms have contributed to improvement in average income and consumption levels in both rural and urban areas.
"There is new found dynamism in some of the most backward areas bringing them into national economic mainstream. If our economy has achieved critical mass, then it must become a launching pad for the next leap.
"We need a second freedom struggle; this time to ensure that India is free for ever from hunger, disease and poverty," Mukherjee said.


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