Attacks on weaker sections should be dealt with firmly: President Pranab Mukherjee

NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday evening denounced the recent communal attacks in the country and said that these attacks on weaker sections+need to be dealt with firmly.

"Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly," President Mukherjee+ said in his address to the nation on the eve of India's 70th Independence Day--his fifth since assuming office.
President said the collective wisdom of our society and our polity gave him the confidence that such forces will remain marginalised and India's growth will continue uninterrupted. "The collective wisdom of our society and our polity gives me the confidence that such forces will remain marginalized," he said.

Coming down heavily on forces of intolerance+ , Mukherjee cautioned against "unmindful pursuit" of a divisive political agenda and polarising debates by groups and individuals, saying they lead to institutional "travesty" and constitutional "subversion".

He also called for upliftment of the weaker sections of our society so that they can be included in the country's path of progress and development. "India will grow, only when all of India grows; the excluded ones have to be included in the development process," he said.

In wake of rising terrorism+ across countries, the President called for a unanimous global voice against the perpetrators of such violence in the name of religion. "World has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on basis of religion. These forces pose a danger to entire comity of nations; world will have to fight them unconditionally & in one voice.

Hailing India's democracy, he reminded the nation that democracy is not a periodic exercise. He also talked about the passage of the historic GST Bill and how it reflects the political maturity of our country. " Passage of GST bill+ is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity," he said.

Source - Times of india

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