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Attacks on weaker sections need to be dealt with firmly: President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday that attacks on weaker sections needed to be dealt with firmly as they were against India’s ethos.

Independence Day 2016 Updated: Aug 14, 2016 23:21 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji and Abhimanyu Kulkarni
Saubhadra Chatterji and Abhimanyu Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
Pranab Mukherjee,President,Independence day
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, addressing the nation on the eve of Independence Day, 2015. (AFP File Photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday that attacks on weaker sections needed to be dealt with firmly. He also said that we cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we fail to protect our women and children.

In his message to politicians on Independence Day eve, the President said disruptions, obstructionism and divisive agenda lead to ‘institutional travesty’.

Here are the highlights of his speech:

# Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos need to be dealt with firmly

# Disruptions, obstructionism and un-mindful pursuit of a divisive political agenda by groups and individuals lead to nothing but institutional travesty and Constitutional subversion. Polarizing debates only deepen the fault lines in public discourse

# World has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on the basis of religion

# The world will have to fight them unconditionally & in one voice

# The fact that despite 2 consecutive drought years,inflation has remained below 6% is a testimony to our nation’s resilience

# The collective wisdom of the society and India’s polity gives confidence that such forces will remain marginalized and India’s remarkable growth story will continue uninterrupted.

# India will grow, only when all of India grows

# The Constitution has clearly defined the duties and responsibilities of every organ of the state. It has established the ancient Indian ethos of “Maryada” as far as Authorities and Institutions of State power are concerned. The spirit of the Constitution has to be upheld by adherence to this “Maryada” by the functionaries in the discharge of their duties

# The passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill for GST is reason enough to celebrate India’s democratic maturity.

First Published: Aug 14, 2016 19:27 IST