President Mukherjee slams intolerance, says ‘we must guard ourselves against’ it

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President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday once again reminded the importance of peaceful coexistence.

Addressing the nation on the eve of the Republic Day, President Mukherjee said, “Our finest inheritance, institutions of democracy, ensure to all citizens justice, equality, & gender & economic equity. We must guard ourselves against the forces of violence, intolerance and unreason. When grim instances of violence hit at established values which are at core of our nationhood, it is time to take note.”

Here are the highlights of his address.

  • Let us applaud what our democracy has achieved
  • Let us continue to complain; demand; rebel; this is a virtue of democracy
  • There will be, amongst us, occasional doubters & baiters
  • For revitalizing the forces of growth, we need reforms and progressive legislation
  • It is bounden duty of the law makers to ensure that such legislation is enacted after due discussion and debate
  • Delays in decision-making and implementation can only harm the process of development
  • There is unprecedented turbulence across vast regions, with alarming increase in regional instabilities
  • The scourge of terrorism has reshaped war into its most barbaric manifestation
  • No corner can now consider itself safe from this savage monster
  • Terrorism is inspired by insane objectives, motivated by bottomless depths of hatred, instigated by puppeteers
  • There is no good or bad terrorism; it is pure evil
  • Nations will never agree on everything; but the challenge today is existential
  • Dialogue is the civilized way to bridge disagreement; ideally, should be a continual engagement
  • We cannot discuss peace under a shower of bullets
  • (Quoting Tagore) Move ahead, the roll of drums announce your triumphal march, With feet of glory, you shall cut out your own path. Delay not, delay not, a new age dawns

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