University campuses should be free from physical, mental violence: President Pranab Mukherjee at IIM Kolkata

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New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2017 6:59:41 PM

In strong words against violences in university campuses across the country, President Pranab Mukherjee today said that while he is ready to accept argument, intolerance is completely unacceptable.

Pranab Mukherjee said that while the country is argumentative and never intolerant and several ideas come out from the universities, there should be debate instead of confrontation. (ANI)

In strong words against violence at university campuses across the country, President Pranab Mukherjee today said that while he is ready to accept argument, intolerance is completely unacceptable. The President further stated that university campuses should be free from not only physical violence but also mental violence. Speaking as the chief guest at the convocation of the IIM Kolkata, Pranab Mukherjee said that while the country is argumentative and never intolerant and several ideas come out from the universities, there should be debate instead of confrontation.

Further stressing on the importance of debates, differences and dissent in campuses, President Mukherjee stated that the country, with examples of Buddha and Gandhi, has always adopted rather than rejecting anybody.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is on a six-day visit to India, met President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari today. The Malaysian Premier inspected the Guard of Honour at
Rashtrapati Bhavan and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Yesterday, Asserting that India’s strength was its ability to manage diversity and forge unity in divergence, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday stated that Indians were argumentative but never intolerant. President Mukherjee made the statement while inaugurating the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival in Guwahati, Assam. Stating that India will soon celebrate 25 years of its association with ASEAN, the President said that South East Asia is an important destination for India’s investment and trade.

(With inputs from agencies)

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