Heartening to see people's belief in Constitution: Mukherjee


New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS): Referring to the agitation against the new citizenship law, former President Pranab Mukherjee, here on Thursday, said it was heartening to see people raising their voices and asserting their belief in the Constitution.

Speaking at the first Sukumar Memorial Lecture, Mukherjee said the Indian democracy had been tested time and again.

The last few months had witnessed a large numbers of people coming out on the streets to voice their views on issues that in their opinion were important, the former President said.

He praised the stellar role played by the Election Commission in strengthening India's democracy.

On the development activities getting hindered by elections, Mukherjee said the model code of conduct could be amended.

The former President said the strength of Parliament should be revised to reflect the growth in the electorate and steps to ensure adequate representation of women in the legislatures.

The Sukumar Sen Memorial lecture was organised as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, who supervised the first two general elections, Assembly polls, putting India firmly on the map of democracy.

  

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jan 24 2020

    Some Uneducated guys want to change our Constitution ...

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  • Wilfred J. Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Fri, Jan 24 2020

    Indian constitution is highly accepted and admired by Indians as well as rest of the world. The world's democracies respect Indian constitution, whereas citizens of dictatorships and citizens of totalitarian countries wish to have a functioning democracy like India.

    India's constitution is time tested. In mid 1970's Mrs. Indira Gandhi suspended the constitution, then President Fahkrudin Ali Mohamed signed and declared emergency rule and next 19 months India was under Indira Gandhi and Congress party dictatorships. But in 1977 general elections India; notably North Hindu India DECISIVELY voted out Indira and Congress party to RESTORE INDIAN Constitution.

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