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I have received much more from the country than what I have given: Pranab Mukherjee

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee receiving the first copy of the book ‘Selected Speeches of the President (Volume-IV) from Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who formally released it at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the eve of demitting office as the 13th President of India on July 24, 2017.

New Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee today (24 July 2017) received books and reports related to Rashtrapati Bhavan today at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the eve of demitting office as the 13th President of India.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was overwhelmed by a deep sense of gratitude to the people of India for the trust and confidence they reposed in him. He was humbled by their kindness and affection. He stated that he had received much more from the country than he had given.

The President congratulated and extended a warm welcome to Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President-Elect and wished him success and happiness in the years to come.

The President said that in Rashtrapati Bhavan, we tried to build a humane and happy township. He stated that in last five years he learnt from his travels across the length and breadth of the country. The President said that he learnt from his conversations with young and bright minds in colleges and universities, scientists, innovators, scholars, jurists, authors, artists and leaders from across the spectrum. These interactions kept him focused and inspired.

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The books presented today to the President were (1) ‘The Innovation President’ by the Vice President of India, Mohd. Hamid Ansari and (2) ‘Selected Speeches of the President (Volume-IV) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reports presented were ‘Conserving and Upgrading of the President’s Estate – Select Projects: The Mukherjee Years 2012-2017’ by Dr. Thomas Mathew, Additional Secretary to the President; ‘Health Status and Age Assessment of the Trees of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ by Dr. Savita, Director, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and ‘Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan Phase –II’ by Dr. AGK Menon and Ms. Swapna Liddle from INTACH.

The book presentation function was followed by a cultural programme and dinner which was attended by the President-elect, Vice President, Prime Minister, Union Ministers and other dignitaries. Details of books and reports released: The book ‘The Innovation President’ provides a summary of efforts made by the President in reinforcing close coordination between public programmes and policies and inclusive innovation ecosystem. This book contains the speeches of the President dealing with innovations at different levels and sectors in the country. Lessons from other countries have also been incorporated as also the examples of innovations in innovation clubs in various universities. The glimpses of awards given to creative communities and grassroots innovators, technology students add to the content of the inclusive innovation system.

‘Selected Speeches of President’- (Volume-IV) is the final volume of the four part series containing important speeches delivered by President Pranab Mukherjee in the fourth and fifth years of his Presidency. The first three volumes had selected speeches from President Mukherjee’s first three years in Office. The speeches included in this volume are into five sections: (i) The Nation, Parliament, Constitutional Bodies and Armed Forces; (ii) Important Days and Events, eminent personalities and commemorative events; (iii) Banquet Speeches and Foreign Visits; (iv) Award Functions, and (v) Education and Conferences. All four volumes of speeches of the President have been brought out by Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The report “Conserving and Upgrading of the President’s Estate – Select Projects: The Mukherjee Years: 2012-2017” chronicles select conservation, preservation and development projects undertaken in the last five years by the President’s Secretariat. This covers 27 conservation and development works undertaken in the 13th Presidency. It details the steps taken for the conservation and restoration of several buildings in the President’s Estate and at “Ashiana” (The Presidential Retreat located at Dehradun).

‘Health Status and Age Assessment of the Trees of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ was conducted by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun between July 2016 to June 2017 to determine the age of important trees as per requirement; to record pathological and entomological problems on the trees of Rashtrapati Bhavan and to identify trees having physiological and related stress including edaphic causes.

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‘Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan Phase –II’ was drafted by INTACH after carrying out detailed documentation and it provides reasoned recommendations for the efficient future management of the Rashtrapati Bhavan building. Proposals for the conservation of the Rashtrapati Bhavan was drawn up based on this detailed documentation and on its heritage value and prevalent conditions, taking into account the specific characteristics and requirement of the building as the residence and office of the President of India.

Click here for Farewell address to the nation by President of India Pranab Mukherjee 

 

KPS Gill: The Hero of Punjab

 

Historian Rajiv Lochan on the demise of Former DGP of Punjab KPS Gill:

Terrorists have to be first unarmed or killed. Talking to terrorists does not convert them to a sensible point of view but only encourages them to do more terror.

Gill’s arrival in Punjab effectively eliminated the Khalistani terrorists. Then the wooly minded Chandrashekhar became prime minister despite not having any mandate.

Chandrashekhar removed Gill on advise of those who advocated ‘talk, negotiate, win the minds and hearts of terrorists’. All that happened after terrorists went around a fresh bout of killing spree. Over 6000 were killed, including almost a thousand police officers. Gill was brought back. In the next two years he put a stop to terror-mongering for good.
Gill proved right: that the first step to solving the problem of terrorism is to eliminate the terrorist.

Journalists and sundry kind and good-hearted souls and many other weak minded characters, kept on repeating that terrorism in Punjab would never end because…..blah blah blah. Some of them even wrote books to this effect.

That was more than 30 years ago. Since then those people of Punjab who believe that there should be a religion based state in Punjab have eschewed violence and terror and try to preach their doctrine to an unconcerned public. But this preaching cannot be backed by the use of guns against those who do not respond to the preaching.

Former DGP of Punjab KPS Gill, who wiped out terrorism from Punjab, passed away after a cardiac arrest in Delhi on Thursday afternoon. He was 82.

Gill, who was ailing, was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi.


President of India condoles the passing away of KPS Gill

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the passing away of KPS Gill.

In a condolence message to his wife, Ms Heminder Gill, the President has said, “I am sad to learn about the demise of your husband Shri KPS Gill.

A committed IPS officer, Shri Gill served the nation in various capacities including Director General of Police in Punjab and Assam. He was honoured with ‘Padma Shri’ award in 1989 for his work in civil service. His contribution in establishing law, order and security will be remembered.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the members of your family. May you all have the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude”.

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Rajiv Lochan

Rajiv Lochan, a Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus, is a renowned historian.

68th Republic Day celebrated with grand parade showcasing India’s military might

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39 Gorkha Training Centre Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.
39 Gorkha Training Centre Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.

New Delhi: The 68th Republic Day was celebrated today with a grand parade showcasing India’s military might in the capital and with the unfurling of tricolor and ceremonial marchpast across all Indian States.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Chief Guest of the Republic Day, The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Rajpath, on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Chief Guest of the Republic Day, The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of U.A.E. Armed Forces, General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Rajpath, on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at this year’s parade, which was witnessed by an enthusiastic crowd of thousands along the Rajpath.

Earlier President Pranab Mukherjee unfurled the National flag at the historic Rajpath this morning. The flag hoisting was followed by the national anthem played with a 21 gun salute.

The President also gave away Ashok Chakra -the country’s highest gallantry award during peace time – (Posthumous) to Havaldar Hangpan Dada for selfless service to the nation. It was received by his wife Chasen Lowang Dada.

President for holding elections for Federal Government and State Assemblies together

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Three Ds are essential for Parliament. These are debate, dissension and decision. Disruption is totally unacceptable. -Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

pranab-mukherjeeNew Delhi: President of India Pranab Mukherjee today said that frequent elections is a costly affair. There is drainage on financial resources for holding and conducting elections and we are ready to pay this price for democracy. But it should not be at the cost of development for a developing economy like ours. So we must find a way out to ensure that elections are held for federal government and State Assemblies together.

The president was addressing the Defence Estates Day Lecture 2016 function in the capital. He said that so far as Lok Sabha is concerned, it is required under the Constitution that within 180 days Lok Sabha must meet. Therefore Lok Sabha elections are a must once it is dissolved…there is no other rule that can govern Union Government….but in States there is a room available. After 44th amendment of Constitution, President’s Rule is confined to one year subject to approcval of both houses of Parliament. There is no problem if elections are due in a State within one year of federal election but if it is not within one year then President’s Rule should be extended beyond one year to synchronise with Lok Sabha election. The Constitutional experts can think over it, the President said adding by Constitution Amendment we can provide flexibility to have more than 1 year of President’s Rule.

[President’s speech from 37.45 minutes onwards]

There were four general elections in 1952, 1957, 1962, and 1967. After that the chain was broken due to political reasons. Now we have elections every year in one or the other part of the country and administrative work comes to a standstill because no new developmental work is taken for more than one and half months when the code of conduct is operational. The president said we can explore whether the election period could be shortened and work relating to Government of India in states where elections take place are not affected.

Mukherjee said: “The Indian electorate is very intelligent. Lok at the way they are voting all over India. After enough of coalition experiment (the electorate gave the message) let us go for a single party.”

The President further said that on 24 January 2014 he had told the people “You will go for election to elect the 14 Lok Sabha not merely to choose a member but you have to choose who will form the government and govern India and its 1.28 billion people. Therefore you remember whether an opportunist coalition can be a substitute for a strong government and what happened is known to everybody and I was criticised.”

Mukherjee cited the example of 1998, when the government lost by 1 vote and there was election in 1999. He said that possibilities can be explored and frivolous no-confidence could be avoided. After 1999 experiment, he said we have noticed in LS, Houses might have been disrupted day after day but no body moved a motion of no-confidence as they burnt their fingers several times in the ’90s.

On Women Reservation Bill

Mukherjee observed that political parties are not magnanimous enough to give adequate representation to women in parliament. for that also Constitution Amendment is required. A bill in this regard has been passed by Rajya Sabha. It should be revived and as there is single party majority in Lok Sabha, the possibility of passing it in Lok Sabha should be explored.

On disruption of proceedings 

I have a very strong view. Three Ds are essential for Parliament. These are debate, dissension and decision, he said adding “disruption is totally unacceptable”

The House is not a place for dharna and disruption. This amounts to “gagging of majority” by the minority, he said pointing out that that members of Parliament are supposed to discuss and transact business and not disrupt.
Electoral reforms 

Some Lok Sabha contituencies have more than 2 million voters. For 543 members of LS, there are more than 800 million voters and a population of 1.28 billion which will be much larger very soon. In this backdrop the President asked whether we can think of larger number of Lok Sabha seats. For that we will have to think of delimitation and this can be through electoral reforms he suggested.