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Ansari voices concern over political debate

Vice President Hamid Ansari has called for more informed political debate based on facts and not on perceptions, expressing concerns on the declining level of public discourse.

india Updated: May 01, 2008, 17:19 IST

Worried over the declining level of public discourse, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Thursday called for more informed political debate based on facts and not on perceptions.

"Political debate, there must be. But that debate must be founded on facts, not on perceptions only," he said, while addressing economists and researchers at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID).

"At the end of day, the question must be asked whether it was an informed debate or it was an exercise in indulging in repeating certain stereotypes planted in our minds?" Ansari said, pointing out that most people indulge in debate which is not necessarily an informed debate.

He stressed that to have an informed debate there was a need for creative database which politically detached research institutions like ISID can provide.

Ansari further said that research institutions can help the government in fighting poverty by providing options based on in-depth analysis of the problem.

The role of the research institutions, he added, assumes importance as the universities have failed to "deliver enough".
"For moving towards a knowledge society, the work that we are doing in our universities is simply not enough. Therefore, the work has to be done somewhere else," he said.

The Vice-President also underlined the need for creating an institutional structure to improve access of information to scholars in different parts of the country.

Greater networking, he added, was also necessary to bridge the research gap and transform India into a knowledge society.

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