Pranab Mukherjee chose the auspicious time of 11:38 to be sworn in as the new President of India.
He took the Oath of Office, pledging to uphold the Constitution and faithfully serving the Republic and people of India.
Not for Pranabda the speaking to the electorate every five years at the time of voting, but speaking for the people all the time while in office, to propel growth with a unity of purpose, to speak always in the peoples' interest.
"Peace is the first ingredient of Prosperity."
"Education is the alchemy that can bring India its next Golden Age."
"We must raise the poor, so that the word 'poverty' is erased from our dictionary."
Dr Mukherjee sees his high office as the privelege of the First Citizen, its principal function being as the custodian of the Republic's freedoms and equalities. Secularism must be upheld and guarded, the equal freedom to every faith. "The poor must feel that they are in the narrative in the rise of India." There must be economic equity.
"What we have achieved so far is as nothing to what will be achieved by generations to come."
The outgoing President, Smt Pratibha-devi Singh Patil, took the National Salute at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace on Raisina Hill. From here now as his new residence, Pranab-da will serve his Republic, "with penitence and accountability" for the next five years.
He is hailed as the new President by the body politic and people of India, entrusted to be fair and impartial to all the citizens. This was his cherished ambition, and he will serve his people well.