On the last address as the President of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee had a lot to say and he did so with the emphasis rightly made on the areas covered thereby.
He started addressing the gathering by emphasizing on the public discourse from violence and referred it as “physical as well as verbal”. He also stressed on “pluralism and tolerance” and said that the “true foundation” was capacity for compassion and empathy. He also added “But every day, we see increased violence around us. At the heart of this violence are darkness, fear, and mistrust. We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal.”
The 81-year-old President, reiterated, “The power of non-violence has to be resurrected to build a compassionate and caring society.”
The President proudly referring the country said “India is not just a geographical entity. It carries a history of ideas, philosophy, intellect, industrial genius, craft innovation, and experience.” He also mentioned “Multiplicity in culture, faith, and language is what makes India special. We derive our strength from tolerance.”
Quoting on the diverse opinions, he specified “We may argue, we may agree or we may not agree. But we cannot deny the essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Otherwise, a fundamental character of our thought process will wither away.”
Not forgetting the base standard of the country that is decided by the Fiscal aspect, Sri Pranab Mukherjee expressed that, “Financial inclusion is at the core of an equitable society. We must empower the poorest of the poor and ensure that the fruits of our policies reach the last person in the line.”
Mukherjee is also well-known as a former lecturer and hence he spoke about education and referred to it as the alchemy which would assist India in getting into the next golden age. He said “Our education system must accept disruption as a norm and prepare our students to manage and build upon the disruptions. Our universities should not be a place for rote-memorising but an assembly of inquisitive minds.” He encouraged the higher educational institutions by calling them as “transformative power” and encouraged them to meet the world-class levels.
Mr. Mukherjee headed the Planning commission in 1991 and was the foreign minister in 1995. Being in the seat of a President he has very well managed and has been applauded for his work.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded the President saying, “Under President Pranab Mukherjee, Rashtrapati Bhavan became a ‘Lok Bhavan’.” He was always at the 2nd position in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government.
On a final note, Sri Pranab Mukherjee said: “We all have to act together now for the future may not give us another chance.”