Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit faces 'tough' battle in Jangipur
Jangipur has been a Congress bastion over the past 15 years, electing its then veteran leader Pranab Mukherjee in 2004 and 2009.
Mukherjee was speaking at AIMA Managing Awards ceremony in New Delhi.
The former Indian president said that there is a need to achieve higher social inclusion in which members can collectively participate.
Being inclusive and accepting of every single Indian — with all their plurality, differences and faiths — is not a choice, but a dictum, said former President, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee.
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The former President congratulated citizens on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day and urged them to live by foundational ethics.
He said Mukherjee had worked selflessly for the welfare of the nation and held several significant ministerial portfolios.
We must strive to protect and preserve foundational ethics of Constitution: Pranab Mukherjee 70th Republic Day
Wishing fellow citizens on the 70th Republic Day, the former President urged them to strengthen their resolve to live up to the ideals of the Constitution.
He also expressed happiness for Bharat Ratna being conferred on Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika, both posthumously.
In an official statement, the government said Deshmukh and Hazarika were conferred the award posthumously.
Born on December 11, 1935, Pranab Mukherjee served as President between 2012-2017.
Addressing students of Greenwood High International School on the topic 'Value of education in todays scenario,' Mukherjee said India has the potential to become a global economic power.
The former president said that the land which gave the world the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam is now in news for rising levels of intolerance.
Pranab asked if the country was moving in the right direction in preserving the concept of unity in diversity.
'By stridently sticking to the truth, the media can act as the upholder of fairness and integrity. The watchdog must be forever on the alert,' he said.