Attacks on Dalits, minorities should be dealt with firmly: Pranab Mukherjee

"Polarizing debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse. Disruptions, obstructionism & unmindful pursuit of divisive political agenda lead to institutional travesty," said Mukherjee.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2016 10:56 pm
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President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation on the eve of 70th Independence Day condemned the divisive politics saying it only leads to institutional travesty and appealed the world to unite in fight against terrorism.

Mukherjee said the collective wisdom of our society and our polity gave him the confidence that such forces will remain marginalised and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted.

“The great tree of liberty requires constant nourishment through the institutions of democracy. Disruptions, obstructionism and unmindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and Constitutional subversion. Polarising debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse,” he said.

This was Mukherjee’s fifth address to the nation on the eve of independence day after becoming president. Paying respect to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country’s independence, Mukherjee in his speech said, “This is for the fifth time as I speak to you on the eve of Independence Day. As we celebrate our 70th Independence day, I respectfully bow to the heroes who sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us.”

He also pitched for safety of women and children and expressed concern on the attacks on weaker sections. “The safety and security that we provide to our women and children, determines well being of state and society. We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we fail to protect our women and children. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly,” said Mukherjee.

Full Text: President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech

The president called passage of GST bill as a sign of democratic maturity. “Passage of GST constitutional amendment bill is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity,” said Mukherjee adding that despite two consecutive drought years, inflation has remained below 6% which is a testimony to country’s resilience.

WATCH: President Pranab Mukherjee’s address on the eve of Independence Day

He also condemned the recent terror attacks across the globe and called for a united fight against terrorism. “World has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on the basis of religion. The world will have to fight them unconditionally & in one voice: President Pranab Mukherjee addresses the nation on eve of Independence Day,” said Mukherjee.

Mukherjee said the Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state.

“It has established the ancient Indian ethos of “Maryada” as far as Authorities and Institutions of State power are concerned. The spirit of the Constitution has to be upheld by adherence to this “Maryada” by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties,” he said.

The President said India will grow, only when all of India grows.

“The excluded ones have to be included in the development process. The hurt and the alienated have to be brought back into the mainstream,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. I
    Aug 14, 2016 at 9:29 pm
    You need help. Hope someone is monitoring your IP address and one of these days you are caught.
    1. O
      Aug 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm
      While I am trying to be your Sunni brother and divide India you are calling me by names. So shameful that a jihadi is calling another jihadi by names. We have to be together and this is the only way we can get rid of infidels. Remember what our prophet said about slaves and infidels. Take their girls and wives and enjoy. I can give you the verse of Qoran which will justify it.
      1. T
        Aug 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm
        Brahmin dog,don't call yourselves Hindu.
        1. T
          Aug 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm
          RSS to soon p a resolution that all brahmins henceforth will seek reservation for manual scavenging of all cities, towns and villages. That should clear all doubts about their pro-Dalit policies. Those RSS TERRORISTS(BRAHMIN TALIBAN) also planning for a g homa to bring back the life of MK hi. It's been nagging RSS TERRORISTS FOR 69 YEARS NOW.
          1. C
            Aug 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm
            brahmins, brahmins, they say are the most criminal minded bstrds. Pranab Mukerjee cannot be an exception. He cleverly blames the attacks on somebody that is not from the STATE TERRORISM BUREAU HEADED BY STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH AND NATIONAL TERRORIST MODI. Very clever, Mukerjee brahmin.
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