President Pranab Mukherjee again: Preserve pluralism, multiplicity

The President, who had on a number of occasions spoken against growing intolerance in the last three weeks, was speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Delhi High Court.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2015 4:17 am
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For the third time in less than a month, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday spoke out against rising intolerance, asserting that India has thrived despite all its diversities because of “assimilation and tolerance”.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee celebration of the Delhi High Court in New Delhi, Mukherjee emphasised the need to preserve the “multiplicity”. “Our country has thrived due to its power of assimilation and tolerance. Our pluralistic character has stood the test of time,” he said.

He pointed out that India is a country of 1.3 billion people who belong to different ethnic groups, speak 122 languages and 1,600 dialects, and profess seven faiths.

“Multiplicity is our collective strength which must be preserved at all costs. It finds reflection in the various provisions of our Constitution,” he said.

Mukherjee said the theme of the golden jubilee celebrations, “Justice for all”, entails equality for all the citizens of the country. “This phrase, to my mind, implies empowerment of the weak and equal treatment of law irrespective of one’s individual identity,” he said.

Mukherjee added that the judiciary, being the final interpreter of the Constitution and law, must play its part in helping maintain social order by swiftly and effectively dealing with those on the wrong side of the law.

“As an upholder of the rule of law and enforcer of the right to liberty, the role of the judiciary is sacrosanct. The faith and confidence people have in the judiciary must be always maintained,” he said.

Mukherjee first spoke on the issue at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 7. “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,” he said.

Less than two weeks later, he expressed “apprehension on whether tolerance and acceptance of dissent are on the wane” in the country.
In his statement on October 19, he asserted that “humanism and pluralism should not be abandoned under any circumstance”. Greeting people on the eve of Durga Puja celebrations, he hoped that “Mahamaya, the combination of all positive forces, would eliminate the asuras or divisive forces”.

He emphasised that Indian civilisation had survived because of its tolerance. “It has always accepted dissent and differences,” he said.

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  1. A
    Oct 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    With National Herald case looming over Sonia hi and Rahul hi, and with direct evidences against them of corruption in this case, all those who got favour from this duo are appearing to come in their support, by doing everything to pose a veiled threat to the democratically elected government to go soft on the corruption cases. The so called intellectuals coming out with some kind of peace appeal letters signed by selected anti-Modi brigade also seem to be part of their sinister design to curtail Modi government from functioning. Modi should ignore these corrupt voices, and focus on the development agenda.
    1. B
      Oct 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm
      Congress chosen President, singing the tune of Congress's false propaa.
      1. D
        Oct 31, 2015 at 4:59 pm
        In 1984, when thousands of Sikhs were macred in Delhi by Con Party goons, this man did not utter a world, and continued in the party and enjo being senior minister.
        1. T
          Oct 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm
          Dear Mr.President of India, you were a powerful finance minister when 10s of 1000s of Sikhs were burnt alive just next to your Delhi home and all over. You were very tolerant of the m murders! Your unique virtue, tolerant to murders. Why? You were tolerant of all the atrocities that were carried out by the particular cl and your cl that systematically insutionalized their brahmin agenda through back door unwritten legislations. You were tolerant to the spring board agenda of brazen macres carried out by Modi in 2002 and never raised a finger. Your tolerance worked. You were tolerant towards an ITALIAN ruling a large county like India. For a common man with even little intolerance rulin by an alien is the most shameful thing ever. But for you the tolerance was a great virtue. WITH SO MANY TOLERANT VIRTUES TO YOUR CREDIT, YOU DONT AT FIRST DESERVE TO BE A PRESIDENT OF INDIA. LEAVE ALONE ADVISING OTHERS ON TOLERANCE. ...YOU ARE A TOOL INTHE AGENDA FOR REESTABLISHING TIES WITH ISRAEL. You tolerantly carried that out recently by your visit there. That was also close your personal brahmin agenda. There are 10000s of such example for your "negativity yielding tolerance". There is a wrong perception among people that once a guy becomes Indian President, he automatically gains all qualification for preaching to majority uneducated and also educated illiterates. Don't ume people are fools. Any ways, your weekend timed blabber is a good time p, or time waste. GO, CONTINUE YOUR VIRTUE OF TOLERANT TO SOCIAL ATROCITIES.
          1. K
            Oct 31, 2015 at 5:05 pm
            Naidu Kare, Mark, " Watch out someone may pull you up and you will end up in the dungeon" - Is this what the decency and decorum your "secular" friends have taught you?
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