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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    Abraham
    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.
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      Babu
      Oct 31, 2015 at 4:01 pm
      Congress chosen President, singing the tune of Congress's false propaa.
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        David
        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.
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          Tolerance_a_Virtue
          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.
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            Kevin
            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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              Bharat
              Nov 1, 2015 at 4:41 am
              Dont worry !! Sick people like u already put india in critical comdition .. U guys deserve state distrubution caat fights .. Some animal come and rape ur family killed them and then rome free coz of netas U GUYS DESERVE IT BC!!!
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                Vivek
                Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm
                When Congress was looting the country through mega scams like 2G, Coalgate, etc., Pranab Mukherjee was the minister in the cabinet and remained silent. Pranab Mukherjee also opposed Anna Hazare's anti corruption movement stating that only elected representatives should decide the law and not anyone from outside. Until he was the minister in UPA, he was obeying the orders of party president Sonia.
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                  Abbas Rumani
                  Oct 31, 2015 at 8:03 pm
                  I am waiting declaration by BJP /RSS Bhakts of President Pronab Mukharji as anti National. Leftist, Minorities appeasers etc.
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                    Abhijit Bhattacharya
                    Nov 1, 2015 at 8:01 am
                    Now even the corpse is getting eaten up by vultures
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                      Vikrant
                      Nov 1, 2015 at 2:05 am
                      Pls proove that there were no crimes before Modi came to power. All this talk is non sense just a publicity gimmick run by paid media and congress agents
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                        Vikrant
                        Nov 1, 2015 at 8:31 am
                        Pranab da please join your fellow jester and quit... Why are you sticking to chair..
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                          Vikrant
                          Nov 1, 2015 at 8:38 am
                          Who is intolerant? Have these so called liberals free thinkers got into any discussion and they were barred from? Were they jailed or lathicharged when protesting? Has there been any curbs on media? These communists who think that only they are intelligent and moralists are the most intolerant people. They are intolerant towards any sort of thinking that doesnt align with theirs.
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                            Arun K.
                            Nov 1, 2015 at 7:31 am
                            Peace and tranquility of the country is at stake. If we get into a major communal conflagration - which the Hindutva crowd can push us into - both financial credit rating of the country, and its moral credibility would fly out the window. With those things gone, we can kiss goodbye to our dreams and ambitions of achieving economic development fast. In the face of such enormous odds, it's becoming increasingly difficult to understand Mr Modi's continued silence on the subject. And in this late day, it makes no sense for the President to keep talking about this matter obliquely. It's time the President called Mr Modi in and give him a piece of his mind. Time for niceties is gone. It's now time for plain talking. .... Arun Kumar Chhabra, Esq, USA . (The writer is the first person of India origin to become member of the Washington DC Bar back in 1969).
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                              amrit
                              Nov 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm
                              Reg Intolerance,Muslim putting bomb every where,now BJP Shiv senna they showing their Tarsools,But govt should do Nasbandi both party,there no worry about the Congress,they are harm less,they are Hejraa pary.
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                                Babu Gupta
                                Oct 31, 2015 at 11:50 pm
                                Mr President you are right about what you say. But when 4000 sikhs were butchered under your own government by Congress goons in 1984 (probably you mau be part of those killing crowds then), thousands of Hindus (incl sikhs, pandits) were cleansed from J&k, 59 innocent people were burnt alive and numerous other roits involving big number of people killed almost all under your governments. Now on 5 discreet unconnected incidences you are awake to your conscience and start giving lectures. Of these 5 cases 2 are under SP govt and 3 are under Congress state governments. Law and Order is the responsibility in all these matters. Please do not bring shame to the dignity of president's office by being dynastic sycho again for paying back the price of your office.
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                                  mark
                                  Oct 31, 2015 at 4:56 pm
                                  Don't expect such decorum and niceties from modi toadies for consutional person. When they don't condemn dadri killing or the killing of intelligentsia, to expect them to be honorific about the President of India is too much to ask or expect.
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                                    mark
                                    Oct 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm
                                    Modi stopped riots with systematic pogrom. Not this generation of muslims will ever dare to look into the eyes of hindus.
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                                      mark
                                      Oct 31, 2015 at 4:47 pm
                                      Pranab da has committed the cardinal mistake of calling spade a spade. Just wait and watch how all modi toadies start attacking Pranab da in the most deable terms.
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                                        Barka Farooki
                                        Nov 1, 2015 at 8:49 am
                                        President is obliged and obligated to repeat this message because the purveyors of hate continuing their agenda and the chief bigot leader NaMo-rd is mouth shut!
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                                          david
                                          Oct 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm
                                          He being congressie, had been Sankat Mochan of Corrupt congress to hide their black money in overseas bank of loot, which he did with Swiss bank secrately deal on behafe of Indian govt. being Finance Minister when corruot congress was in power. He is anti BJP being corrupt congressie.
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                                            DK
                                            Nov 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm
                                            I wish when majorities are tortured by minorities our medias become equally vocal and not shied away on the basis of vote bank politics. We should feel ourselves Indians first and then others and should embrace each other as our brothers and sisters and help each other towards our own progress and development.
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