In Dadri’s wake, President Pranab Mukherjee speaks: ‘Tolerance core to India’s survival’

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday quipped on India's core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2015 6:31 am
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As pressure mounts on the government and BJP to rein in party leaders making provocative remarks in the wake of the lynching of a man in Dadri over rumours of beef consumption, President Pranab Mukherjee underlined Wednesday that diversity, tolerance and plurality are core values that have kept India together and must never wither away.

“We should not allow the core values of our civilisation to wither away. Over the years, our civilisation has celebrated diversity, plurality and promoted and advocated tolerance. These values have kept us together over the centuries,” Mukherjee said.

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“Many ancient civilisations have collapsed but the Indian civilisation has survived because of its core civilisational 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,” he said.

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He was speaking at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was presented a coffee table book ‘The Nationalist President — Pranab Mukherjee’. The book, edited by Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, was released by Vice President Hamid Ansari.

Others present at the function included Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah.

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.

“Despite their diversity and despite having a long period of absence of single-party majority, the Indian electorate decisively decided to make an end of that. Many of us thought that perhaps an era of coalition has been reached and that no single party will ever come (to power). In true sense, the marvel of Indian democracy has its own strength and we must celebrate that,” he said.

He spoke on how the country has come a long way since his own childhood when he walked 10 km to school and back everyday. He said much more needs to be done.

“In my own way, I am making my contribution to make the country more important… After three years of coming here, I recognise 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.

Hamid Ansari described the book as a small tribute to an eminent personality with vast experience and depth of understanding.

Rajnath Singh said that in the last five decades, Mukherjee dominated the political scene. He has been an eminent political leader and a consensus-builder, Singh said.

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    Abhijit Bhattacharya
    Oct 7, 2015 at 4:42 pm
    The President must speak carefully. The watchman is watching
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      Anand Drivedi
      Oct 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm
      India is being ruled by the biggest "Organized Criminal Enterprise" since India attained freedom in 1947. BJP is a party of Criminals. Foreign investors beware. Don't invest because the government is responsible for all the communal violence. The PM itself is a criminal.
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        Anand Drivedi
        Oct 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm
        ndia is being ruled by the biggest "Organized Criminal Enterprise" since Indian attained freedom in 1947. BJP is a party of Criminals. Foreign investors beware. Don't invest because the government is responsible for all the communal violence. The PM itself is a criminal.
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          Ips
          Oct 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm
          The President has conve many things in few words.It will be very difficult to digest for the persons who are involved .They will dig out what Pranav Mukhargi has utter earlier .Even they will try to show him as traitor.The guilty will shout more.Winning elections or ruling the country is different than presevance of core value.
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            Brahma Singh
            Oct 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm
            Sadly people have to tolerate this fascist government till 2019.
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              Kaliyug
              Oct 7, 2015 at 6:07 pm
              Selling the country off for Congress votes is not core value, letting the history books tell lies about the Mughals is not core value. telling lies that hi won the independence for India is not core value, letting the stanis kill soldiers is not core value, telling the Indra hi was married to a Parsi is not core value. India does not have any core value, no wonder the foreigners came and captured India at will.
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                disgusted
                Oct 7, 2015 at 3:16 pm
                People have tolerated pseudo-seculars for 60 years!!
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                  iftiindian
                  Oct 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm
                  Will modi listen to president. There seems to be no chance because Modi listen and obeys only RSS commands.
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                    Irfan Iftekhar
                    Oct 7, 2015 at 2:05 pm
                    Why not some words of consolation from Modiji
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                      JayShah
                      Oct 8, 2015 at 7:45 am
                      President have never followed any core value himself. Here is his one core value picture gallery/pranab-1_072212124525.jpg
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                        Krishna
                        Oct 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm
                        Whatever happened to neutrality in the rashtrapati?
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                          Prasad
                          Oct 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm
                          What President has told is very correct. BJP should now that there is some consutional authority watching them. If they behave and try to take the country to deviating the consutional framework , they can be put into the track.
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                            Lakshmi
                            Oct 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm
                            Another corrupt fellow from the congi stable and a great supporter of license raj that gave licenses to suitcase holders. This man never digested the fact that he had to work under his former Head Clerk (who else than the Mute Mohan Singh). True to the congi culture he has made his son a MLA. Yet another shameless guy.
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                              Lakshmi
                              Oct 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm
                              What did he have in his mouth when 1984 happened? Did he lift a finger to shame the congies? No. Shameless and corrupt fellow!
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                                M
                                Oct 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm
                                President said very nice! quote"the core values is what over the years the civilization celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, endurance and plurality." ITS VERY TRUE! The deterioration in that is DUE TO MECAULAY EFFECT / OUTSIDERS' THOUGHTS/ FOLLOWED BY DICTATIONS FROM A MAN WHO HIMSELF SAID' I AM AN ACCIDENTAL HINDU,EDUCATED BY BRITISH AND CULTURES FROM MUSLIMS' ALL AMALGAMATED THROUGH A DEFECTIVE COVERNANCE AND SUPPRESSIONS THOUGH LAWS! TODAY VERY LIMITED PERSONS KNOW WHAT IS THOSE 'CORE VALUES'! PRESENT GOVT TRYING TO RESTORE BUT IF PARLIAMENT IS ANOT ALLOWED TO FUNCTION ALL THESE HIGH IDEALS WILL REMAIN AS TALL TAL;KS!
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                                  M Jagadeesan
                                  Oct 9, 2015 at 10:57 am
                                  We salute You for your recent Statement Mr President. We Indians are Civilized, and our system is more civilized Democracy in this World. "WE PROMOTE and ADVOCATE TOLERANCE in our country. We Indians CELEBRATE DIVERSITY OF OUR PEOPLE, and WE ENJOY PLURALITY ..
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                                    Gopinath R
                                    Oct 7, 2015 at 7:46 pm
                                    Our Hon'ble President has said at the right time. Tolerance is the need of the hour.
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                                      arravind
                                      Oct 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm
                                      Mr president please shut up and walk in the garden ur preferred job
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                                        narayan
                                        Oct 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm
                                        President was a veteran congressman. best solution is cow slaughter should be banned.
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                                          Omprakash Upadhyay
                                          Oct 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm
                                          Disturbance of life at any caste by any reason should not be tolerated.
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                                            Sabir
                                            Oct 7, 2015 at 5:26 pm
                                            Honorable President Sir, You didn't speak how you will not allow India’s core values to be wasted? Your words will not be taken more than mere a media briefing unless supported by actions.
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