President Mukherjee cautions against vested interests threatening social harmony

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In his address to the nation on the eve of the 69th Independence Day, the president cautioned  against vested interests chipping away at social harmony to erode many centuries of secularism and said the country’s neighbours must ensure that their territory is not used by forces inimical to  India.

The president said parliament has been converted into an arena of combat rather than debate and it was time for serious thinking by political parties.

“Our institutions of democracy are under stress. Parliament has been converted into an arena of combat rather than debate. If the institutions of democracy are under pressure, it is time for serious thinking by the people and their parties. The correctives must come from within,” he said.

Mukherjee’s remarks came against the backdrop of the washed out monsoon session of parliament that ended on Thursday. The session, which witnessed suspension of 25 Congress MPs for “wilfully obstructing the business of the house”, was marked by acrimonious and personalised exchanges between members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress.
“On the fertile ground laid by our constitution,  India  has blossomed into a vibrant democracy. The roots are deep but the leaves are beginning to wilt. It is time for renewal,” he said.

The president said questions have to be asked so that the country’s finest inheritance is preserved.

“If we do not act now, will our successors seven decades hence remember us with the respect and admiration we have for those who shaped the Indian dream in 1947? The answer may not be comfortable, but the question has to be asked,” he said.   (  On Indian democracy) ians

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