Underlining India’s secularism and plurality as the bedrock of its democracy, at a lecture in the Hungarian capital Monday, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “The superstructure of a democratic polity and a secular state structure, put in place in modern India, is anchored in the existential reality of a plural society.”
“Indian culture is syncretic in character… It is a veritable human laboratory where the cross breeding of ideas, beliefs and cultural traditions has been in progress for a few thousand years. The national movement recognised this cultural plurality and sought to base a national identity on it,” he said.
Ansari was delivering his lecture, Indian Democracy: Achievements and Challenges, to students at Corvinus University, a campus that was at the forefront of the uprising in Hungary against hardline Communism.
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While sharing India’s experience with democracy, Ansari also underlined the need to look back on that journey and introspect.
Ansari visits Tagore memorial
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s memorial in Hungary got visitors from home when Vice- President Hamid Ansari came calling Sunday. Tagore had stayed and recuperated at a hospital in Balantofured in 1926 when he fell ill during a visit to Hungary. (Balantofured/ENS)