India choosing to be a parliamentary democracy and drafting its own Constitution were a “major development that the country got to witness after Independence from British in 1947”, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday. Interacting with a group of students at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in President’s Estate on the occasion of Teachers Day, Mukherjee said: “Drafting of the Constitution was a major task done within three years after Independence.”
He said India’s diversity is its strength and the Constitution helped it maintain all through. “(Maintaining) diversity has been possible because of our Constitution,” he told the students of Classes 11 and 12 of the school.
Speaking on “politics in India since Independence”, the President underlined the challenges the country was facing during those early days of Indian nation. “Communal harmony was a major challenge,” he said, adding that people were troubled because of Partition and hence communal tension built up.
Mukherjee, however, said that political leaders managed to maintain harmony among the people and expressed satisfaction that secularism was a part of life in India. “Yes, there has been terror attacks (in the country) but thankfully it (terror) is not home grown. We are attacked from outside. We are victim of cross-border terrorism,” the President said.
“We certainly face attack but from cross-border terrorism. Success of our governance and administration lies in ensuring that home grown terrorism, which is the world’s biggest menace today, is not yet there in India,” he said, and added that “secularism is part of our life and it is still unfolding”.
Touching upon economic aspect of the country, the President emphasised on social performance for economic growth of India.