Continue to complain, rebel, demand, President Pranab Mukherjee tells nation

In significant remarks that come against the backdrop of the Pathankot attack, he also said terrorism is a war beyond any doctrine and is a "cancer which must be operated out with a firm scalpel".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2016 4:15 am
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Acknowledging dissent as “a virtue of democracy”, President Pranab Mukherjee said Monday that people must “continue to complain, to demand, to rebel”. He again referred to acts of growing intolerance, saying the country will have to guard itself against the “forces of violence” and “unreason”.

Addressing the nation on the eve of Republic Day, Mukherjee said: “There will be, amongst us, occasional doubters and baiters. Let us continue to complain, to demand, to rebel. This too is a virtue of democracy. But let us also applaud what our democracy has achieved. With investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, health, education, science and technology, we are positioning ourselves well for achieving a higher growth rate which will in the next 10 to 15 years help us eliminate poverty.”

“Reverence for the past is one of the essential ingredients of nationalism. Our finest inheritance, the institutions of democracy, ensure to all citizens justice, equality, and gender and economic equity. When grim instances of violence hit at these established values which are at the core of our nationhood, it is time to take note. We must guard ourselves against the forces of violence, intolerance and unreason.”

The continuing stalemate in Parliament — the Budget session begins next month — too found mention in the address with the President urging law makers to embrace the “spirit of accommodation, cooperation and consensus-building” as “delays in decision-making and implementation can only harm the process of development”.

In a slanted reference to the spate of terror attacks in wake of Indian efforts to revive dialogue with Pakistan, Mukherjee said, “Nations will never agree on everything, but the challenge today is existential. Terrorists seek to undermine order by rejecting the very basis of strategic stability, which are recognised borders. If outlaws are able to unravel borders, then we are heading towards an age of chaos. There will be disputes among nations and, as is well-known, the closer we are to a neighbour the higher the propensity for disputes. There is a civilised way to bridge disagreement; dialogue, ideally, should be a continual engagement. But we cannot discuss peace under a shower of bullets.”

He, however, underlined the importance of sustained dialogue in such times. “We on our subcontinent have a historic opportunity to become a beacon to the world at a time of great danger. We must attempt to resolve the complex edges of our emotional and geo-political inheritance with our neighbours through a peaceful dialogue, and invest in mutual prosperity by recognising that human beings are best defined by a humane spirit, and not their worst instincts. Our example can be its own message to a world in anxious need of amity.”
Mukherjee also called for innovative solutions to the problem of pollution, but said that these ideas can only be successfully implemented when people own these changes.

“Each of us has the right to lead a healthy, happy and productive life in India. This right has been breached, especially in our cities, where pollution has reached alarming levels. Climate change has acquired real meaning with 2015 turning out to be the warmest year on record. Multiple strategies and action at various levels is necessary. Innovative solutions of urban planning, use of clean energy, and changing the mindsets of the people call for active participation of all stakeholders. Permanence of such changes can be ensured only if people own these changes,” he said.

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    Chander Pal
    Jan 26, 2016 at 7:38 am
    Pranab was made the President by the big G; she wanted to achieve two goals - one to take him out of the of pygmy bachcha G and two to twist the power in their favor in case of hung parliament. Both these aims got bogged down. Now he is talking in riddles. Both him and that chiddu man brought in retro tax and made a mess of India's tax regime. Now in spite of repeated and top level urances, investors do not buy our story that we will not do it. They continue to see the tax regime through suious eyes.
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      No.Nothing
      Jan 25, 2016 at 6:35 pm
      Pranav MUCKerjee is a hand picked president of Italiano BCHo Sonio. So he is acting on her behalf and trying to tarnish the image of Modi. THERE WAS NO PATANKOT, THERE WAS NO AIR BASE, THERE WAS NO ATTACK, THERE WERE NO DEATHS, THERE WAS NO NOTHING.
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        FekuSarkar
        Jan 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm
        BJP is even want to make india hindu nation, thats worst!! Proper darkness, worst than congress, or british raj.... We are doomed!!!! Forget being superpower.
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          FekuSarkar
          Jan 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm
          India is terrorising stan though talibaan, and stan then do the same... Its all same old cry foul do nothing... Both should respect and stop this macre.
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            FekuSarkar
            Jan 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm
            Puppet of Modi..... Useless president,, why cant you tell Moody to not go to stan? Why did he go? What deal he signed in private? I lile to know u puppy!!
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              Rowdy
              Jan 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm
              After spending a life time destroying a country..... The fellow who FINANCED the BOFORS KICK BACK, NOW on the pleasure of a President!!! Funny!
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                Minu
                Jan 26, 2016 at 8:30 am
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                  Vikrant
                  Jan 26, 2016 at 4:22 am
                  He didnt tell to perform your duties towards nation and society, acquire knowledge, respect wisdom and work hard and earn the living honestly. What a shame.. what a vision he has for the nation?
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                    Vikrant
                    Jan 26, 2016 at 4:27 am
                    Nothing else can be expected from slaves of italian barmaid
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                      srikanth
                      Jan 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                      sec 66A is removed,otherwise i can expect your future in jail
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                        Col S
                        Jan 26, 2016 at 5:09 am
                        Complasin to WHOM? No ears to lisen and NO BRASIN or HAND to RESPOND ? EVERY agency__ President. PMO, CVC, PUBLIC GRIEVANCE THROW it in DUST BIN. Every BABU, NETA or in chair considers his position DIVINE so as to ABUSE it and the resources. Death of ROHIT and three students is Clic case. Sermons are not enough. Must follow with ACTION..
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                          Dillip Patnaik
                          Jan 25, 2016 at 11:35 pm
                          Mr. President rightly said peace cannot be negotiated under shower of bullets. India should not elude to stan's tactic of negotiation and should not pay attention to outside pressure to negotiate with the terrorist neighbor. Indian leaders should pay attention to India a strong democratic India, clean India, strong economy India, strong defense India.
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                            Rangaesh Gadasalli
                            Jan 25, 2016 at 11:44 pm
                            Good speech indeed. All countries take care of the interests of their majority community as it is democratic. The Minorities should be guaranteed all rights but not to question the rights of the majority community. Congress with its minority support and a divided Hindu potion suppressed all the genuine needs of Hindus. ALl hindu temples were taken by the govt and they even appointed non Hnidus, non believers as temple officers. all in the name of secularism. We are a community and culture that respects all religions and takes pride in our religion. We are not at war with any other religion. look around the world which two religions are fighting and killing each other. Hindu way is the inly way for all people living in Hindustan. You may go to church, mosque or a gurudawr, we dont care. Respect the sanathan dharm and tradition.
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                              J. Gokul
                              Jan 26, 2016 at 3:11 am
                              I read the full text of the Speech and found it uninspiring. The comments section is better, even though we seem to get into dog fights. Jai Hind and Jai stan At least in Modi's India, people will not go behind bars for sympathizing with what stani citizens are facing: stan's military sponging foreign aid and stalling their development. So what is all this 'intolerance' about? The beef lynching episode was a solitary incidence; tragic but chances are remote that it will happen again after the media attention it got. Sounds more like a congress man pitching a non-existing bogey.
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                                iftiindian
                                Jan 26, 2016 at 4:54 am
                                Happy republic day to @Pranab Da and all those whose forefathers directly or indirectly contributed to India's freedom. Today India is at the crossroads where Indi is being ruled by those whose forefathers and godfathers begged pardon and vowed to support their foreign masters and opposed quit India movement when India was at the threshold of driving away British ruler and at last despite of traitors India got freedom. These traitors did not stop there, they were so enraged by independence that they killed father of the nation MAHATMA HI and began to worship the terrorist NATHU RAM GODSE. To retaliate on part of British,worshippers of Godse invested heavily in hatching conspiracies and communal riots to achieve their diabolic aim of dividing nation. And now they openly,began to target already deprived and desute Dalits and trying to snatch the consutional rights of reservation so that they can push Dalits into further servitude as their father kept them in subhuman conditions. Jai hind
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                                  Hindu
                                  Jan 26, 2016 at 5:30 am
                                  If you have a LINGERING DISEASE in your body it will show up with regular intervals !!!! This PRANAB is NOT the President of India...EVEN NOW he is a SLAVE of the Indira Brigade turned Slave of Sonia Brigade. He says..PLAIN (like pappu), DEMAND (like Sonia), REBEL (like Owaisi).........and he spoke about INTOLERENCE (LIKE AMIR KHANS, SHAHRUKH AND THE AWARD WAPASI BHIKHARIS).....Pranab may be the President....but HE IS IRKED THAT MODI IS TAKING THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE CONGRESS CREATED MESS !!! He was made the president because Sonia umed that there will be a HUNG Parliament and Pranab will help DETHRONE the New govt. But we the people overturned that umption. NEXT PREZ SHOULD BE NATIONALIST.
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                                    Hindu
                                    Jan 26, 2016 at 5:41 am
                                    J. Gokul...you said "uninspiring"...Noinsense....Pranab's speech was PURE SH TT TISH RUBBISH !!! It was a Congressman's pseech not of a President !!!
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                                      Insaan
                                      Jan 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                                      @rajan luthra, “A veiled advice to the government to be tolerant to complains, dissent and justified demands of the people.” You must be the new kid on the block for you couldn't hear loud and clear, not quite veiled though even when it all happened in the middle of the night at the Ramlila Grounds, that these three words were taboo long before the UPA government of which President Pranab Mukherjee himself was a veteran steward. Know it that just to press for these words when the dictate for over two centuries was thou shalt not complain; thou shalt not rebel; thou shalt not demand, The Chanakya in Baba Ramdev took a vow not to return to Haridwar until the Indian National Congress is defeated at the Centre. He is not complaining, he is not rebelling and he is not demanding until we all bring the country back on track. It's time to work together and move forward.
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                                        Insaan
                                        Jan 29, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                                        @rajan luthra, “About Modi and AK, we are not on the same page presently.” It is not just Modi and AK that could bring us on the same page if only, as I fancied, they worked together in tandem to rebuild a congress-free vibrant India, it is the camouflaged Indian National Congress supporter in you that wouldn’t just allow it to ever happen again. You are exposed.
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                                          Insaan
                                          Jan 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                                          @rajan luthra, “One cannot camouflage ones disposition for too long! Ever since the tolerance debate has been holding centre stage, the President has repeatedly given a rap on Government’s knuckles. Being Head of the State, he can’t be too explicit. Just listen to his various addresses, made from time to time.” Yeah, indeed, one can’t camouflage one’s disposition for too long.
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                                            Insaan
                                            Jan 28, 2016 at 3:27 pm
                                            It is not just Modi and AK that could bring us on the same page if only, as I fancied, they worked together in tandem to rebuild a congress-free vibrant India, it is the camouflaged Indian National Congress supporter in you that wouldn’t just allow it to ever happen again. You are exposed.
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