The RSS has said that former president Pranab Mukherjee, in his speech at the organisation headquarters here, reminded the glorious history of the nation while highlighting inclusiveness, pluralism and unity in diversity as foundation of India.
“Mukherjee’s address reminded the glorious history of the nation…5,000-year-old cultural heritage of the country. Our state system may have changed but our values remain the same.
He also highlighted inclusiveness, pluralism and unity in diversity as foundation of Bharat,” RSS prachar pramukh (official spokesperson) Arun Kumar told PTI last night and thanked Mukherjee for attending the RSS meet.
“We thank for him coming to the event and strengthening the conversation around the concept of nation, nationalism and patriotism,” he said.
Yesterday speaking on the RSS stage as a chief guest of its event, former President Pranab Mukherjee said intolerance will only dilute India’ national identity and Indian nationalism emanated from universalism, assimilation and co-existence.
“In India, we derive our strength from tolerance, and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity,” he said.
“This plurality of our society has come through assimilation of ideas over centuries. Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us. It is our composite culture which makes us into one nation. India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy,” he said at a gathering attended by RSS top brass and hundreds of ‘pracharaks’.
“Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India,” Mukherjee wrote in a visitor’s book at Hedgewar’s birthplace ahead of his much-anticipated speech at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
(With inputs from PTI)