On democracy and diversity: Five things President Pranab Mukherjee said in his farewell speech
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On democracy and diversity: Five things President Pranab Mukherjee said in his farewell speech

Pranab Mukherjee, who completed 37 years as Parliamentarian, said he ‘understood the real value of debate, discussion and dissent’.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:00 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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President Pranab Mukherjee gestures after his speech during his farewell ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)

Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee sent a message to both government and Opposition on Sunday on how ordinance route should be used only in compelling circumstances and passing bills without discussion was a breach of the people’s trust.

Mukherjee, the 13th President of India, hailed India’s democracy and Parliament in his farewell speech at the Central Hall in New Delhi on Sunday. Here are excerpts from his farewell speech:

“It will be with a tinge of sadness and a rainbow of memories that I will be leaving this building today... I leave with a sense of fulfilment and happiness of having served the country”

Parliament: “Realised how disruption hurts the opposition more than the government as it denies them the opportunity to raise the concerns of the people”

Legislation: “When Parliament fails to discharge its lawmaking role or enacts laws without discussion, I feel it breaches the trust reposed in it by the people of this great country”

Indira Gandhi and Emergency: “The first question that was flung at her was, ‘What have been your gains from the Emergency?’ Looking at the journalist squarely in the eye, Indira Gandhi replied, ‘In those 21 months, we comprehensively managed to alienate all sections of Indian people.’ I learnt an early lesson of acknowledging my mistakes and rectifying them. Self-correction in such situations is always a better option than self-justification”

India’s diversity: “Not a single part of this vast territory of 3.3 million square kilometers of landmass and islands is unrepresented in the Parliament. Each of the 788 voices of MPs is important”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: “I’ll carry with me fond memories of association with PM Narendra Modi and remember his warm behaviour towards me”

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 08:42 IST