New Delhi, June 8: Hailing former president Pranab Mukherjee’s historic speech at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, BJP veteran LK Advani said it will help in creating a much-needed atmosphere of tolerance, harmony, and cooperation to build an India of our common dreams”.
Advani praised Mukherjee, for accepting the invitation of the RSS and its chief Mohan Bhagwat for inviting him, saying there was significant concord and resonance in the views expressed by both the leaders.
The BJP veteran further stated that by accepting the RSS invite the former president showcased grace and goodwill.
“His own reflective nature, combined with his long and varied experience in public life, have made him a statesman who strongly believes in the necessity of dialogue and cooperation among people of various ideological and political backgrounds,” news agency PTI quoted Advani as saying.
Mukherjee on Thursday addressing RSS cadres at the outfit’s headquarters shared his views on nationalism and patriotism in the context of India.
He reminded the Hindutva organisation of the history of India by preaching that the “soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance”.
Pranab said, “Let the objective of spreading Peace, Harmony and Happiness inform the formulation of our public policy and guide all the actions of our state and citizens in their everyday life.This and only this will be able to create a happy nation, where Nationalism flows automatically.
This plurality of our society has come through assimilation of ideas over centuries. Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us. It is our composite culture which makes us one nation. India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the perennial universalism of 1.3 billion people who use more than 122 languages and 1,600 dialects in their everyday lives, practice seven major religion, belong to three major ethnic groups — Aryans, Mongoloids and Dravidians —live under one system, one flag, and one identity of being Bharatiya and have no enemies,” the former president asserted.