President Pranab Mukherjee Calls For Concerted Efforts To Uphold Constitutional Values
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-07

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Harking back to India’s inspiring journey from 0 per cent growth rate to the world’s fastest growing economy over the past 70 years, President Pranab Mukherjee spoke at length on the vitals of our growing and democratic nation on a road fraught with challenges. Speaking on the occasion of 6th KS Rajamony Memorial Lecture, held in honour of eminent lawyer and former member of the Kerala Public Men Inquiry Commission KS Rajamony, President Pranab Mukherjee said, “The ultimate goal of any democracy is the empowerment of the individual, irrespective of his economic, religious or social standing. This may appear to be a utopian dream for many, but the strength of a system lies in its capacity to ceaselessly work for its accomplishment.” He pushed for continuous empowerment of the marginalised sections of our society and to create a political system accessible to all, irrespective of socio-economic status.

Reflecting on the current unrest in educational institutions, he said, “Our premier institutions of higher education are the vehicles on which India has to propel itself into a knowledge society. These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking. Those in universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. It is tragic to see them caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet.”

He further asserted that “there should be no room in India for the ‘intolerant Indian’. Our society has always been characterised by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion. Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent”.

Before deliberating on the issues facing India, he praised Kerala for its impressive records in the field of literacy, education, health, gender equality, tourism and culture.

Putting in a token of appreciation for Kerala’s legal fraternity, he said, “Judges as well as lawyers enjoy high reputation across the country.  Luminaries like Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer made very valuable contributions in delivery of justice to the poor and underprivileged.”

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