India is substantially free from the menace of home grown terrorism as witnessed in several countries of the world, said President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday. Addressing students on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, he strongly underlined that every citizen of India possess “ethnicity in mind and have faith in pluralism” and “secularism is part of the life” for Indians.
He, however, also spoke about the worrisome development of “political assassinations” in India and its neighbourhood adding that despite these instances “we have had a stable political regime”.
The special session ‘Pranab Sir’s class’ was held in President’s Estate in New Delhi with students of Class XI of the Delhi government-run school.
“It is we who are attacked and we are the victims of cross-border attacks… But not so much of home grown terror,” he said, emphasising that it was due to “ethinicity of mind, belief and faith in pluralism, huge diversity in language, religion, food… almost in everything”.
Talking for about 50 minutes to the students on the subject of ‘Politics in India since Independence’, he recounted the evolution of the democratic process in India post Independence, the building up of the electoral process and participation of Indians in the constitutional democracy.
The President, who has worked as a teacher before he took the political plunge, called the formation of states by the State Reorganisation of Commission as an “important development” in India’s history.
The President of the Union also termed the painful partition of the country as a psychological trauma for the people who were extricated from their homes adding creation of communal tension was an aftermath of this but our political leaders and statesmen controlled these issues.
He went on to praise the strength of the Indian economy saying it was steady despite eight years of international slowing down of ecomony as he hoped that the country’s economy would grow not less than 7.5 per cent in the days to come.
President Mukherjee also fielded questions by the students including if it would be good to hold all elections in the country in one go.
To which re told that India has “proved the mettle” in successfully implementing political democracy and the Election Commission can “put its mind” in changing the Code of Conduct so that it does not disturb the polls. He further added that “all participants of the political spectrum” can brainstorm on it.
Later, while making a speech to mark the event, the President said the need of the hour was to have “inspired teachers” who can keep the trait of curiosity and that of asking questions alive in children.
“We have to build up scientific temper… We must also inculcate in the minds of teachers the spirit of innovation,” the President said.