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President Pranab Mukherjee's speech for I Day

President Pranab Mukherjee
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President Pranab Mukherjee\'s Speech for I Day. Strongly disapproving of disruptions in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said the need of the hour is to restore the grandeur and glory of institutions that have sustained democracy.

NEW DELHI: Strongly disapproving of disruptions in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said the need of the hour is to restore the grandeur and glory of institutions that have sustained democracy.

President Pranab Mukherjee.

"I sometimes wonder: has our democracy become too noisy? Have we lost the heart of contemplation and calm thinking? Is is not the time to restore the grandeur and glory of our institutions that have sustained and nourished our beautiful democracy.

"Should not Parliament become the great hall of sombre thought and well debated legislation? Should not our courts of law become temples of justice? This calls for collective action by all the stakeholders," the President said in his Independence day-eve address to the nation.

He said freedom is a celebration and independence is a challenge. In the 68th year of freedom, India has reaffirmed the power of individual and collective liberties by electing through a remarkably peaceful electoral process, a stable government with a clear majority for a single party after three decades.

Mukherjee said the increase in voter turnout to 66 per cent from 58 per cent in the last elections showed the vitality of democracy.

"This achievement has given us an opportunity to take up the challenge of governance by reforming the policies, practices and systems of governance so that the enormous aspirations of our people can be fulfilled with vision, commitment, integrity, speed and administrative capability," he said.

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