On Wednesday, President Pranab Mukherjee chose to speak on the values of tolerance a time when the country is coming to terms with the lynching of a man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.
President Mukherjee stressed on the core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality of Indian civilisation.
“I firmly believe that we cannot allow the core values of our civilization to be wasted and the core values is what over the years the civilization celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, endurance and plurality…These core civilization values keep us together over the centuries. Many ancient civilizations have fallen. But that is right that aggression after aggression, long foreign rule, the Indian civilization has survived because of its core civilizational values and we must keep that in mind. And if we keep those core values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy to move,” said the President at an event in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President’s comments come a week after a man in Dadri was lynched to death by a mob over rumours that he ate beef.
In his brief 15-minute address, the President said that the country had made tremendous progress in many sectors but he added that “there is no limit and we will have to do much more.”
The electorate decisively decided to put an end to the era of coalition and gave a single party government in the last general election, said the President, lauding the strength of democracy in India.
“In true sense, the marvel of Indian democracy has its own strength and we must celebrate that,” the President explained.
President Mukherjee’s comments on tolerance and secularism come a week after similar views were expressed by Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari. Last week VP Ansari had said that it was the responsibility of the State to ensure right to life to every citizen, irrespective of his faith or creed.
“The State has to ensure the Right to Life, enshrined in Article 21 of Indian Constitution, to every citizen of India, irrespective of the citizen’s faith or creed,” VP Md. Hamid Ansari had said on October 1, while addressing a Quami Ekta Sammelan organized in Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh.
The event at Rastrapati Bhavan was attended by several MPs including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
A coffee-table book on President Mukherjee was handed over to him at the event. The book written by senior journalist Prabhu Chawla was released by Vice President Ansari.
(With inputs from PTI)