Amid the war of words in the aftermath of Dadri lynching incident, President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said the core values of diversity, tolerance and plurality of Indian civilization must be kept in mind and cannot be allowed to be wasted.
The 79-year-old said, “I firmly believe that we cannot allow the core values of our civilisation to be wasted and the core values are what over the years the civilisation celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, endurance and plurality. These core civilisation values have kept us together over centuries.”
Speaking on the occasion of a book release about him, he also said , “Many ancient civilisations have fallen. But Indian civilization has survived aggression after aggression and long foreign rule, because of its core civilisational values and we must keep that in mind. And if we keep those core values in mind, nothing can prevent our democracy from moving forward.”
Among those present were Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, fromer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and MPs were also present at the function.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said, “Be it the state government or the central government, strongest possible action will be taken against those who try to break communal harmony in the country.”