President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation: Here’s how social media reacted

The President also made it clear that democracy was not just about exercising choice to elect government periodically.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 14, 2016 9:19 pm
pranab mukherjee, pranab mukherjee speech, pranab mukherjee independence day speech, pranab mukherjee nation address, india news The President asked authorities and Institutions of State Power to adhere to the “Maryada”(dignity) in discharge of their duties as established in this ancient Indian ethos. (Source: File)

Against the backdrop of attacks on Dalits and minorities, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said these incidents should be dealt with “firmly”, calling the violence against “weaker sections” that militate against the national ethos as “aberrations”. Coming down heavily on forces of intolerance, Mukherjee cautioned against “unmindful pursuit” of a divisive political agenda and polarising debates by groups and individuals, saying they lead to institutional “travesty” and constitutional “subversion”. The President also made it clear that democracy was not just about exercising choice to elect government periodically.

In his address to the nation on the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day-his fifth since assuming office, the President asked authorities and Institutions of State Power to adhere to the “Maryada”(dignity) in discharge of their duties as established in this ancient Indian ethos.

Here are some Twitter reactions:

(With agency inputs)

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