5 Veiled Attacks by the President and Vice President Against the Modi-led Government?

Published: 20th October 2015 04:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2015 04:02 AM   |  A+A-


1) After a music concert by Pakistani legend Ghulam Ali was cancelled and the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni was blackened by Shiv Sena members, the President expressed serious apprehensions over whether tolerance and acceptance of dissent on the wane in the country.

2) In wake of the recent Dadri Lynching, President Pranab Mukehrjee during a event said that “We cannot allow the core values of our civilisation to be wasted…over the years, this civilisation has celebrated diversity, promoted and advocated tolerance, enjoyed plurality.” India has survived because of its “adherence” to these core civilisational values, he continued, “despite aggression after aggression” and long years of “foreign rule.”

3) In the back drop of a logjam disrupting business in the parliament, President Mukherjee during his Independence day speech this year, said the institutions of democracy was "under stress" and it was time for "serious thinking" by the people and parties to correct themselves.

4) In his Independence day speech in 2014, the President said "Vested interests chip away at social harmony, in an attempt to erode many centuries of secularism. In an age of instant communication through ever-improving technology, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the devious designs of a few never overcome the essential oneness of our people."

5)Vice President Hamid Ansari speaking in an event said, "Corrective strategies have to be sought on category-differentiation admissible in Indian state practice and hitherto denied to Muslims."


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