<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Indians marks the Constitution Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to “salute the great women and men who gave India a Constitution we are proud of.”The Prime Minister was joined by members of his Cabinet as well as the Opposition leaders who wished the citizens on the occasion marking the day on which the Constitution of India was agreed to by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.November 26 was was earlier commemorated as the National Law Day, but the government in 2015 decided to celebrate it as Constitution Day.
ALSO READ Judiciary, executive and legislature need to be careful to not cross into each other’s spaces: President Kovind Wishing the citizens on the occasion, PM Modi tweeted a short video, accompanied by the caption, “On Constitution Day, we salute the great women and men who gave India a Constitution we are proud of.”Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also greeted the nation on the day and tweeted, “#ConstitutionDay greetings to everyone. On this day in 1949 Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly. Let us cherish the core principles of our constitution, remember its framers & rededicate ourselves to the ideals of our constitution on this historic day.”His Cabinet Colleague and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani tweeted, “Greetings to everyone on National Constitution Day. We remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & every individual who framed our Constitution. Their contribution towards empowering our democracy is invaluable.”Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also wished the countrymen on the occasion. “Let us all gratefully commemorate today, adoption of Constitution of India, Holy Book of every citizen of country. It is a living document which provides fundamental rights to citizens and a balanced separation of powers between executive, judiciary and legislature,” he tweeted. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore were among those who wished the nation on the Constitution Day. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, “On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India. Today, I renew my pledge to uphold the Constitution.”Congress leaders Manish Tewari cautioned against losing “Tolerance to bold,daring,outrageous & even provocative creativity.””On Constitution Day what has happened to the Preambular Value-“Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith & Worship”. Any nation that looses Tolerance to bold,daring,outrageous & even provocative creativity ultimately fossilises intellectually & Socially . We are almost there,” he said on Twitter.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid nationwide outrage over the murder of an outspoken journalist, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today said India cannot afford to become an intolerant society as tolerance is “extremely important” for its economic growth.Rajan, who exited Reserve Bank of India a year ago, had courted controversy in 2015 lecture where he talked about growing intolerance in the country, deviating from his usual focus on monetary policy issues. In an interview to PTI, he justified his comments saying public figures have a responsibility to “sometimes speak up on what is good for the country. I just think it had to be said”.That lecture was followed by the incident of beating to death of a Muslim man suspected of having eaten beef with various critics warning that protection of individual rights was giving way to a strident majoritarianism.
ALSO READ Here’s why Raghuram Rajan revealed private conversation about demonetization in his new bookThe murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh is unfortunate, Rajan said. Lankesh, an outspoken critic of Hindutva politics, was shot dead in Bengaluru on Tuesday. “Lady journalist killing has become an issue because people are concluding that it was because of what she was writing. I think it’s early days to conclude anything. I think we should let the investigation happen and until we have more information it would be premature to jump to any kind of conclusion,” he said.He further said that the recent Supreme Court ruling privacy as fundamental right has expanded the realm of tolerance for certain kinds of behaviour. Rajan went on to justify his October 31, 2015 lecture to students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi saying it was “actually about tolerance”. “It was about India’s tradition of tolerance, the strength of India… It was emphasising India’s strength as opposed to saying this is a problem and I feel very proud of that speech which was given to young people,” he said.
ALSO READ Raghuram Rajan showed mirror to govt, demonetization is ‘Modi made disaster’: Congress Tolerance, Rajan said, was “extremely important for our economic growth, especially given the kind of service/ innovative economy we were likely to want to be, that it was to my mind a strength we had and that we should be very careful not to lose it.” Rajan, the only central bank governor in two decades who did not get a second term, said India does not move linearly and there are reasons for certain amounts of hope in the Supreme Court judgement on privacy which expanded the realm of tolerance for certain kinds of behaviour.He said: “I think that is a very important judgement and an indication that there are many ways, many directions in which we are moving as a country. “That said I would say I would repeat what I said in IIT Delhi speech that tolerance has always been our strength and as a diverse society which so many religion, so many languages, so many modes of behaviour, that we cannot afford to become an intolerant society.” Becoming intolerant would strike at the very soul of India, he said. “That said there are lot of reasons for dynamism and hope in this country.” Rajan said public figures occupying high places have responsibility to speak on what is good for the country.
ALSO READ DNA Edit: Raghuram Rajan’s pinprick”And I think if you look at the speech and tell me there is any line in there that as a sensible Indian you disagree with,” he said. Rajan said he did not get any “push back” from the government for his 2015 speech and, in fact, a minister had a week later told him that this was exactly what he had been saying.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what was his last speech, outgoing Vice-President said that tolerance is a pragmatic formula for the functioning of society without conflict between different religions and political ideologies, among others. Ansari was speaking on Sunday at the 25th annual convocation of the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru.”Tolerance alone is not a strong enough foundation for building an inclusive and pluralistic society and it must be coupled with “understanding and acceptance”. In this regard, he recalled Swami Vivekananda’s words, “We must not only tolerate other religions, but positively embrace them, as truth is the basis of all religions.”In his lengthy address, the Vice-President touched upon secularism, nationalism and tolerance in the context of development across the country. Speaking on nationalism, Ansari said that more recently, an alternate viewpoint of ‘purifying exclusivism’ has tended to intrude into and take over the political and cultural landscape. “One manifestation of it is ‘an increasingly fragile national ego’ that threatens to rule out any dissent, however innocent. Hyper-nationalism and the closing of the mind is also ‘a manifestation of insecurity about one’s place in the world,” he said.He also said that while ensuring that external and domestic security is an essential duty of the state, there seems to be a trend towards sanctification of military might overlooking former US President George Washington’s caution about overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty.On tolerance and acceptance of all people, Ansari said it was an essential national virtue to promote harmony transcending sectional diversities. “The urgency of giving this a practical shape at national, state and local levels through various suggestions in the public domain is highlighted by enhanced apprehensions of insecurity among segments of our citizen body, particularly Dalits, Muslims and Christians.”With agency inputs
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Abu Dhabi will set up a court for non-Muslims to strengthen the culture of tolerance and acceptance of other communities and ensure access to services for all segments of the society, a media report today said. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, has issued a resolution for the setting up of a Personal Status and Inheritance Court for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates. The move is in line with the strategic goals of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of the judicial procedures and ensure access to services for all segments of the society, the official WAM news agency reported. This will also ensure prompt justice and strengthen the culture of tolerance and acceptance of others by creating institutional infrastructure, it added. Chancellor Yousef Saeed Al Ibry, under-secretary of the department, said an integrated action on all the social, educational and institutional levels, is required to spread the culture of tolerance in the judicial domain. He also pointed out that the UAE legislative system practically promotes the culture of tolerance and acceptance of others values at the judiciary level, in harmony with the prevailing norms in the community.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)