India ‘substantially free’ from homegrown terrorism: President Pranab Mukherjee

The special session was held to observe 'Teachers Day' with students of Class XI of the Delhi government-run Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2016 4:45 pm
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President Pranab Mukherjee today said India is “substantially free” from the globally witnessed menace of homegrown terrorism as citizens possess
“ethnicity in mind and have faith in pluralism”. Mukherjee, while teaching students in the school inside the President’s Estate as part of the second dition of his Pranab Sir’s class’, also spoke about the worrisome development of “political assassinations” in India and its neighbourhood adding that despite these instances “we have had a stable political regime”.

The special session was held to observe ‘Teachers Day’with students of Class XI of the Delhi government-run Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya during which Mukherjee said “secularism is part of the life” for Indians. India has suffered the brunt of terrorism, including that of the cross-border variety, he said. The President said it was the credit and success of India’s policy and acumen of the administration that incidents of homegrown terrorism, the biggest menace to international peace and community, has kept India “substantially free” from its tentacles.

“It is we who are attacked and we are the victims of cross-border attacks… But not so much of homegrown terror,” he said, adding this was because of the “ethinicity of mind, belief and faith in pluralism, huge diversity in language, religion, food… Almost in everything.” We all belong to the same system, the President said, adding that this quality was “unique”. Talking for about 50 minutes to the students on the subject of ‘Politics in India since Independence’, he recounted the evolution of the democratic process in India post Independence, the building up of the electoral process and participation of Indians in the constitutional democracy.

The President, who has worked as a teacher before he took the political plunge, also taught the students about the formation of political parties including the creation of the BJP from Jansangh and the advent of coalition politics in the country.

He remembered the “formation” of states by the State Reorganisation of Commission as an “important development” in India’s history. Mukherjee called the partition of the country as a “psychological trauma” for the people who were extricated from their homes adding creation of communal tension was an aftermath of this but our political leaders and statesmen controlled these issues.

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  1. Y
    Sep 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm
    Very hin du crooked essment by a hin du, dumb deaf and blind to truth in life, by faith, hindrance to truth hind uism is terrorism, an injustice by faith, he needs to take shower in the light of truth, to cleanse himself of hind filth of hin duism terrorism by faith, before making a claim in this regard.
    1. J
      Sep 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm
      A falthu person who continues to be a congress party sucker.
      1. A
        Sep 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm
        President is wrong! there are thousands of gau rakshaks terrorists now in the country terrorizing common people!!! they are alll home grown and directed and supported by nagpur head quarters!
        1. I
          Sep 5, 2016 at 3:05 pm
          As President Obama said, every society is vulnerable to man's darkest impulses. We must always fight the ills of extremism in the society.
          1. R
            Sep 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm
            In India 117 terrorist organisation working this list 113 r related to Naxalite,state wise movement.and rss related organisations....but no action taken by gov..just they catch innocent suspect the name of ISis...and shouting in news channel...and. After no proof just released them after 10.20 yrs with simple sorry...
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