India Must Protect Democratic Principles: President Mukherjee

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of the 77th Session of Indian History Congress, at Thiruvananthapuram on December 29, 2016. The Governor of Kerala and former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam and the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan are also seen.
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of the 77th Session of Indian History Congress, at Thiruvananthapuram on December 29, 2016. The Governor of Kerala and former Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam and the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan are also seen.

As India is increasingly becoming an authoritarian state under the rule of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a situation of civil unrest is emerging in the country.

In this context, President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said Thursday that freedom to doubt, disagree, and dispute must be protected as an essential pillar of our democracy.

Mukherjee’s remarks hold added significance because India’s bureaucrats and politicians – most of them are incompetent or crooks – have reduced the country to a level of criminalized kleptocracy, in which all the four pillars of democracy have collapsed.


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Mukherjee was inaugurating the 77th Session of Indian History Congress at Thiruvananthapuram. Speaking on the occasion, the President said we must keep our eyes open for unfamiliar ideas and be ready to consider a range of different inferences or assumptions.

There has been an unfortunate tendency in our country from time to time to take umbrage at the expression of any view perceived to be hostile to our social or cultural institutions, past or present, he said.

Similarly, he said, critical appraisals of our heroes and national icons of the past have been met with hostility and sometimes even violence.

“Nothing should lie outside the realm of reason, and therefore of discussion and argument,” the President said.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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