President Pranab Mukherjee has today said that people should not only embrace free conversation but arguments should be encouraged in India. Speaking in Mumbai University, the president while stressing that Indians are known to be argumentative but not intolerant, he said, “We should embrace free conversation and even argument, leaving behind narrow mindsets and thought”.
Speaking on the background of recent suicide of a Dalit student from JNU, Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham and Rohit Vemula incident last year, the president also said that there should not be any form of intolerance in the educational institutions. “There should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred within the spaces of our educational institutions”, he said.
Regretting the constant adjournments in the Parliament now a days he said thatv when out legislatures stop functioning then it is the denocracy of the country which gets undermined.
“If they become dysfunctional, it results not only in institutional paralysis but also has ripple effects across system, he added. The president further said that it will be impossible to achieve the progress in the country, if people turns against each other in the name of religion, caste or politics.
Earlier, speaking at the ‘India Today’ conclave, the president heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that be it foreign relations or economy, the PM has acquired in-depth knowledge on every subject. “One can win the election by a majority but you need consensus to rule – This aspect of PM Modi is very good. PM Modi has his own way of dealing with things & we must give him credit for that”. He further said that the PM is a very good learner”.
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He also stressed on the need to guard against “majoritarianism”, saying those in power must take the entire nation along at all times. “Consultation and consensus is the best and often the only way forward,” he said