President Pranab Mukherjee talks of India’s core values of diversity and tolerance
NEW DELHI: President
Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said the core values of diversity, tolerance and
plurality of Indian civilization must be kept in mind and cannot be allowed to be
wasted, in remarks that come against the backdrop of the Dadri lynching over
rumours of beef eating.
“I firmly believe that
we cannot allow the core values of our civilization to be wasted and the core
values are what over the years the civilization celebrated diversity, promoted
and advocated tolerance, endurance and plurality.
civilization values keep us together over the centuries. Many ancient
civilizations have fallen. But that is right that aggression after aggression,
long foreign rule, the Indian civilization has survived because of its core
civilizational values and we must keep that in mind. And if we keep those core
values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy to move,” he said.
The President's remarks
come in the wake of lynching of a 50-year-old man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh by an
enraged mob over rumours that he stored and consumed beef, which has sparked an
outrage across the country.
The President was handed
over a coffee-table book on him at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
The book written by Prabhu Chawla, editorial director of New Indian Express,
was released by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
Home minister Rajnath
Singh. Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi chief minister Arvind
Kejriwal, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, fromer Jammu
and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah and MPs were also present at the