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Pranab Mukherjee is no more

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New Delhi: Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday 31 August 2020. He was 84.

President Ram Nath Kovind said in his condolence message: “Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends & all citizens.

Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decade long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held. He endeared himself to people across political spectrum.

As the First Citizen, he continued to connect with everyone, bringing Rashtrapati Bhavan closer to the people. He opened its gates for public visit. His decision to discontinue the use of the honorific ‘His Excellency’ was historic.”

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India said in his message: “Deeply anguished by the demise of former president of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee ji. He was widely respected by the people across all sections of society.

His demise is a personal loss. He had tremendous knowledge of India’s history, diplomacy, public policy and also defence.”

Deeply saddened at the demise of former President of India, Sh #PranabMukherjee. The nation has lost a great leader,thinker & statesman. His entire life was dedicated to service of the nation. My heartfelt condolences to his family,friends & supporters.May his soul rest in peace. – Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister, Rajasthan

Ceremony of assumption of office by the President-elect

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New Delhi: The Ceremony of assumption of office by Ramnath Kovind, the President-elect will be held on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, at 12.15 PM in the Central Hall of Parliament House in the capital.

The Chairman of Rajya Sabha, the Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Members of Council of Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Members of Parliament and principal Civil and Military Officers of the Government of India will assemble in the Central Hall for the Ceremony.

The President and the President-elect will arrive in the Central Hall in a ceremonial procession. After the President-elect takes the Oath of office in the presence of the Chief Justice of India, a 21-Gun Salute will be fired. The President will then deliver an address. On the conclusion of the Ceremony in Central Hall, the President will leave for Rashtrapati Bhavan where an inter-services guard of honour will be given to him in the forecourt and courtesies will be extended to the outgoing President.

Polling to elect 14th President of India

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New Delhi: Polling is continuing in Parliament and state assemblies today (17 July 2017) for electing the 14th President of India. The counting of votes shall take place on 20 July.

The term of office of President Pranab Mukherjee is ending on 24July, 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first few to cast their vote as the polling began at 10 o clock this morning. the pOlling will continue till 5 p.m. across the country. In the fray are ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both of them dalits

There are 32 polling stations for the Presidential election – one in Parliament and 31 in state Assemblies.

Ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both Dalits, were pitted against each other in the election.

The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned. Under Article 55 (3) of the Constitution, the presidential election is held in accordance with the System of Proportional Representation by means of single transferable vote and the voting is held by secret ballot. The electors comprise of 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 members from the Lok Sabha and 4120 MLAs from the state Assemblies.

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Freedom to disagree and dispute intellectually must be protected as an essential pillar of democracy: Pranab Mukherjee

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Critical appraisals of our heroes and national icons of the past have been met with hostility and sometimes even violence. The freedom to doubt, disagree and dispute intellectually must be protected as an essential pillar of our democracy. Nothing should lie outside the realm of reason, and therefore of discussion and argument. Such freedom is vital for progress in any field, especially a calling and a craft like history.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 77th Session of Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram today (December 29, 2016).
President of India Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the 77th Session of Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram today (December 29, 2016).

Thiruvananthapuram: President of India Pranab Mukherjee today said an objective pursuit of history requires an impartial mind of a judge and not the mind of an advocate.

We must keep our eyes open for unfamiliar ideas and be ready to consider a range of different inferences or assumptions. This necessarily bars intolerance of contrary opinions or judgements. There has been an unfortunate tendency in our country from time to time to take umbrage at the expression of any view perceived to be hostile to our social or cultural institutions, past or present.

Similarly, The President said critical appraisals of our heroes and national icons of the past have been met with hostility and sometimes even violence. The freedom to doubt, disagree and dispute intellectually must be protected as an essential pillar of our democracy. Nothing should lie outside the realm of reason, and therefore of discussion and argument. Such freedom is vital for progress in any field, especially a calling and a craft like history.

The President said it is his firm conviction that India’s pluralism and social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are our greatest strength. Our traditions have always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country and freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. He said the Indian History Congress has a creditable record of standing up for freedom of expression and asking historians to be faithful to the cause of reason. It has often taken cudgels against distortions of history. The President expressed hope the Indian History Congress will continue to remain alert and vigilant in the cause of an objective study of history.