Speaking here at the birthplace of chief Constitution-maker B R Ambedkar on the occasion of his birth anniversary, Kovind urged people to follow the path of peace, harmony and brotherhood shown by the Dalit icon.
His statements assume significance as they come in the backdrop of the April 2 nationwide Dalit bandh, which saw large -scale violence in several states, including Madhya Pradesh where more than half a dozen people lost their lives.
"The society needs 'samrasta' (harmony) today and not 'samar' (conflict or war)...It needs non-violence and peace," Kovind said.
"I appeal to the countrymen, especially the youth, to follow the path of peace, harmony and brotherhood shown by Ambedkar, and unitedly work to built the country according to Ambedkar's dreams," he said.
"As president, I have got the responsibility to protect the Constitution, whose main architect was Babasaheb Ambedkar. If, after becoming president, I did not bow my head at his birthplace, then I would have felt a sense of guilt," he said.
Referring to Ambedkar's thoughts, he said all citizens should put the nation's interest first and ignore divisive forces.
They should treat themselves only as Indians, he said.
Kovind said, "In his last speech at the Constituent Assembly, Ambedkar had said now we have constitutional ways to protest and therefore, we should stay away from lawlessness."
"Our country works on the basis of democratic processes. Today, we need to follow it in an active manner and while doing so we should always remain alert about the good and the bad."
Recalling Ambedkar's contributions to the country, Kovind said he had always adopted non-violent means to fight for the rights of SCs/STs, other weaker sections of the society and women.
The noted jurist-politician always used dialogue for arriving at a consensus, the president said.
Because of the Constitution, every section of the society has got the right to live with dignity, he said.
Kovind visited the Kalipaltan area where the state government has constructed a grand memorial to the Dalit icon, and paid tributes to him.
The president also had lunch with members of the Dalit community.
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