President Pranab Mukherjee and Head of State, gave his farewell address on Monday, 24th July 2017. He expressed his desire to free discourses in public from verbal and physical violence. He stated that the soul of India resides in values like tolerance and pluralism. His pitch for freeing public discourses from verbal and physical violence both, was very strong. He stated that India is special because o fits multiplicity in language, faith and culture and it is from tolerance that India derives its strength.
After centuries of assimilation of ideas, plurality has gradually become India’s essential part. His main emphasis was that empathy and compassion have been the country’s true foundation, however each day and increase in violence is being witnessed in the country. Violence leads to nothing but mistrust, fear and darkness and accordingly all forms of verbal and physical violence must be freed from any public discourse.
Besides being a geographical entity, the nation carries a history of experience, history of ideas, innovation of craft, industrial genius, intellect, intellect and philosophy, he stated. If a non violent society is to be created then people from all sections of society must participate, especially the dispossessed and the marginalized in the democratic process. In public discourses, there is great need to have divergent streams, stated Mr.Mukherjee. He reminded people in his speech the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and emphasized that an inclusive society can best be created with an article of faith.
Empowering the poorest financially could go a long way in creating an equitable society. Upgrading institutions offering higher education to world class levels will help in imparting quality education to all, Mr.Mukherjee stated. Universities in India should be a place for an assembly of inquisitive minds, scientific temper, innovation and creative thinking and not for remote memorizing for students. Mr. Mukherjee put greater stress upon need for environmental protection, eradication of poverty, social inclusion and good governance which in the process will boost happiness amongst people.