Pranab Mukherjee said youth must become the “voice of change”, adding: “Compassion and empathy is the true foundation of our civilisation, but every day we see increasing violence surround us.
President Mukherjee said history or course of civilisation has never been determined by brute forces like Hitler or Mussolini but by personalities like Mahatma Gandhi.
Speaking on “Constitutional provisions for socio-economic inclusivity: theory and parliamentary practice”, Mukherjee said that the Constitution represents the hopes and aspirations of the billion plus Indians.
On August 31, the former president brushed aside reports that the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation may collaborate with the RSS in Haryana to launch a series of projects and that he had invited several junior and senior RSS workers for Sunday’s event.
Piloted during the February bypolls in Rajasthan’s Ajmer and Alwar constituencies, the app was later used in Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections in May.
Pranab Mukherjee Independence Day 2018 letter: the former President also commended the first independent government under former prime minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and all the subsequent governments for making India rise from a devastating colonial economy and reach the position it is in today.
Recalling those days, Mukherjee said “from 1991 to 1999, in eight years when there must have been one election, there were as many as three. ‘89 to ‘99, when there must have been just three elections, there were as many as five, and five governments.
During the press meet, RSS leaders highlighted a statement by Manmohan Vaidya, joint general secretary of RSS, and said that there need not be unnecessary controversy over Mukherjee’s visit as stalwarts from different fields in the country have spoken at RSS meets.
Reactions to Mukherjee’s visit to Nagpur hold the mirror to Left-liberals, not RSS
Dialogue with those he disagreed with, struggle for free India, marked his political life.
Mukherjee has already penned his pre-Rashtrapati Bhavan political journey in some detail. But the curiosity about the contents of his diary remains high, especially after Mukherjee’s headline-making visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur recently.
The Samajwadi Party was unrepresented at the event. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, too, was not present —she is yet to return from abroad. The toast of the event was Mukherjee, who came face to face with Rahul for the first time at a public event since his visit to the RSS headquarters.
This time, while leaders of almost all the like-minded parties have been invited, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly not on the guest list.
The Iftar, coming at a time when the opposition is aiming for an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections, is expected to see a host of leaders from all opposition parties and of all faiths.
Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to address RSS meet in Nagpur need not perturb the Congress. He did not go there as a representative of the party.