Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the national conference titled ‘Toward Peace, Harmony and Happiness; Transition to Transformation’ sad that intolerance and violation of human rights has been risen in India.
“The land which gave the world the concept of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and the civilizational ethos of tolerance, acceptance and forgiveness, is now in news for rising levels of intolerance, manifestations of rage and infringement of human rights, ”he said. “Our Constitution provides a delicate balance of power between various institutions of the state. This balance has to be maintained,” he added.
Moreover, he stated: “There is widespread cynicism and disillusionment with the governance and functioning of these institutions. To restore this credibility, the correctives have to come from within. Institutions are a mirror of national character. To save our democracy, these institutions must win back the trust of the people, without delay.”
“Peace and harmony prevails when a nation celebrates pluralism, practices tolerance and promotes goodwill among diverse communities and when we purge the toxin of hatred, envy, jealousy and aggression from our everyday lives,” he stated further. “We need a state that inspires confidence among people in its ability to surmount challenges before us. We need a media and citizens who, even as they claim their rights, are equally committed to their responsibilities.” “People are happier in countries where personal freedom is guaranteed and democracy is secured. Regardless of their economic condition, citizens are happy in a climate of peace.”
Paying tributes to Guru Nanak Dev on his 549th birth anniversary, Mukherjee added that given the times we are living in, it is important to recall his message of “peace and oneness”.
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17 November, 2019