In his message, Mukherjee said: "On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my warm greetings and felicitations to all fellow citizens."
"The festival of Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the sacred bond of love, trust and commitment between sisters and brothers. It is an occasion for us to dedicate ourselves to the well-being of women and in particular, the girl child," he said.
Mukherjee said Indian women should be provided a safe and congenial environment.
"Women should be provided a safe, secure and congenial environment in which their talents can flower and they can contribute their full share in the building of our nation. Traditional cultural values of respect for women need to be fully entrenched in our minds," he said.
"May this unique festival inculcate in every member of our society the highest respect for women, as we strive collectively for the prosperity of our people," Mukherjee said.
India will celebrate Raksha Bandhan on Tuesday.
--IBNS (Posted on 19-08-2013)