New Delhi : In what can be seen as a reference to the recent Dadri lynching, President Pranab Mukherjee reiterated that India’s core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality must be kept in mind. We must not allow core values of India’s civilization to be given a slip, said he during his address to public after the release of a book at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.
While the ruling central government is trying to cope up with the pressure mounting on its administration due to the Dadri lynching episode, and party leaders making provocative remarks over beef consumption, President Pranab Mukherjee underlined that Indian civilization has celebrated diversity, plurality and promoted and advocated tolerance, and these values have kept the country together over the centuries.
He said – Many ancient civilizations have collapsed but the Indian civilization has survived because of its core civilizational values and adherence to them. If we keep them in mind, nothing can prevent our nation from forging ahead. Indian democracy is a marvel and we must celebrate, preserve and promote its strengths.
The President spoke on years of coalition rule, and how only in the last Lok Sabha elections did the electorate give a decisive mandate just when it seemed that no single party would ever come to power. ‘In true sense, the marvel of Indian democracy has its own strength and we must celebrate that. In my own way, I am making my contribution to make the country more important. After three years of coming here, I recognize that much more is to be done. There is no end to work in the President’s office, which is considered strictly constitutional,’ he said.