In perhaps one of his strongest message pitching for unity and tolerance, President of the Union Pranab Mukherjee urged the need to counter “divisive forces”. Addressing a gathering in Birbhum district of West Bengal on Monday evening, President Pranab Mujherjee also sought to know if “tolerance and acceptance of dissent” are on the “wane” in the country.
The President’s remarks on the subject of tolerance assumes significance in the wake of series of protest against the incidents like Dadri, where a 50-year-old man was killed by the mob over the rumours that he ate beef, killings of rationalist thinkers like MM Kalburgi and also fatal attack on the truck conductor in Jammu and Kashmir. More than 35 eminent writers and authors have returned their awards and honours in protest against what they term “rising intolerance” in the country.
“Hope Mahamaya – the combination of all positive forces would eliminate the Asuras or divisive forces,” the President said in Birbhum which was later shared on his official Twitter handle, further adding “our collective strength must to be harnessed to resist evil powers in society”.
“Remember teachings of Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa ‘Jato Mat Tato Path’,” President of the Union said reflecting on the plurality and multi-cultural identity of the nation adding, “as there are a number of beliefs, there are a number of ways.”
It is for the second time in less than a month that President Mukherjee has urged the citizens to follow the path of tolerance and unity.
Earlier in October 8, while presiding over an event at Rashtrapati Bhawan he had said, “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… And if we keep those core values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy to move,”
Continuing on his earlier message, on Monday he firmly added that in no circumstances the humanism and pluralism be abandoned for that is the essence of our more than 5000 year old civilisation.
“Indian civilization has survived for 5000 years because of its tolerance…. Assimilation through receiving is a characteristic of Indian society,” shared President Mukherjee’s official Twitter handle.
In a significant message, the President summed up that the Indian civilization has always accepted dissenting views and differences, which has been the chief reason why India is proudly known as a multi-cultured and a multi-ethnic union.
“We have a Constitution that accommodates all these differences…,” the President’s official Twitter handle shared.