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Identity-based politics good for democracy: Mukherjee

He said the third victory of Indian democratic principles was the successful suppression of the radical and violent rebellion in Naxalbari through the ballot paper.

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New Delhi, Feb 23 : Former president Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said democracy and republicanism were two values people must strive to protect and cherish, and termed identity politics a positive development in relation to the deepening of democratic ethos.

He was delivering valedictory address at the 10th edition of the Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad here.

“Democracy in India gave rise to identity-based politics. Purely from the lens of deepening democracy, I see this as a positive development because it leads to wider representation. However, an electorate divided on caste and community lines throws up a polarised mandate,” Mukherjee said.

Lauding the strength of Indian democracy, the former president said it had only deepened with time and added that good governance was critically dependent on prerequisites like inviolable adherence to rule of law, existence of participatory decision-making structure, responsiveness, transparency, accountability, corruption-free society, equity and inclusiveness.

“We have entered the 71st year of our Republic. Democracy and republicanism are two values which we must not only strive to protect, but also cherish, celebrate and treasure. Democracy is the rule of, for and by the people and the Republic signifies the rule of law,” he said.

Citing instances to stress the maturity of Indian democracy, Mukherjee said the foremost achievement of the first general election lay in the fact that it cemented the painstakingly brought about unification of India.

“Despite the complex arrangement of categorisation under parts A, B, C and D of the Provinces, States, Territory and areas, the entire geographical territory of India voted as a singular electorate, electing for themselves a single Union Parliament.

“Of course, by the time the second general elections happened, the complex categorisation had been done away with, since there were just states and UTs in existence,” Mukherjee said.

He described the participation of the Communist Party of India in the Constituent Assembly elections even though they were peripherally opposed to it as a marker of the strength of Indian democracy.

He said the third victory of Indian democratic principles was the successful suppression of the radical and violent rebellion in Naxalbari through the ballot paper.

“Indian democracy and its inherent power of assimilation have successfully thwarted insurgency and separate movements, and elections have successfully co-opted varied groups into the electoral mainstream.

“The various accords — Punjab Accord, the Shillong Accord, the Mizo Accord, the Assam Accord and the recent Agreement on Bru- Reang and Bodo people — are examples of the same,” the former president added.

Mukherjee, while addressing the youth, noted that India’s tryst with democracy was a story which needs to be told time and again.

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Rahul flays violence against women, says it comes in many forms

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Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) After a video of a teenaged girl being beaten by her family members in Gujarat went viral on social media, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, here on Saturday, said it was not an isolated incident.

“The violence in this video is not isolated one. It’s an expression of what many Indian women have always faced. The violence comes in many forms and is sustained by a culture that glorifies symbols of womanhood, while simultaneously treating women with total contempt and disrespect,” he tweeted attaching a video where a group of men, reportedly her family members, beating the teenager.

The video shows men beating the teenager with sticks and also slapping and kicking her. It’s not yet clear why she was being beaten.

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After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning: Ahmed Patel

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Ahmed Patel

New Delhi, May 30: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday said that since 1947 India has been self reliant but BJP discovered it’s meaning now.

“Since 1947 India has been self reliant.British left us with nothing,but successive govts made us self reliant in military & space capacity, food & milk supply and financial reserves,” he tweeted.

“After 70 yrs of India being self reliant,BJP just discovered it’s meaning.Better late than never,” Patel said on Modi’s self-reliant India campaign after government failed to control the spread of COVID-19.

“Which milestone is this government celebrating ?GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years . And this does not even take into account the impact of the Corona pandemic,” he said.

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Yashwant Sinha criticises Modi over economy

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Yashwant Sinha

New Delhi, Yashwant Sinha, a strong critic of the Narendra Modi government made a satirical remark against Prime Minister over the decline in economic growth rate as GDP growth between Jan 2020-March 2020 is 3.1% , lowest in 11 years .

“The sharp decline in economic growth rate in the first year of Modi-2 is not because of any fault of this govt but because of Pt Nehru. If he had not ruled India from 1947 to 1964 India today would be growing at double digit,”former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha tweeted.

” The growth figures of earlier quarters of the last fiscal had to be revised downwards because of the lockdown imposed on March 25. The govt cannot be blamed for this. I am warning all critics in advance,” he added.

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