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Reset your moral compass: Pranab

11:15 PM Jun 01, 2019 |

President’s appeal to elected representatives for winning over restless youth.

New Delhi : President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday called for setting at rest a range of doubts troubling the young generation and asked the elected representatives to win back the people’s confidence. In his first televised address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, he posed several questions that the new generation is asking:

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“Does the system offer due reward for merit? Have the powerful lost their Dharma in pursuit of greed?

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Has corruption overtaken morality in public life?

Does our legislature reflect emerging India or does it need radical reforms?”

Mukherjee went on to assert that “the young cannot dream on an empty stomach” and that “they must have jobs capable of serving their own, as well as the nation’s ambitions.”

He also stressed that “we must ensure that the fruits of economic growth do not become the monopoly of the privileged…. The primary purpose of wealth creation must be to drive out the evil of hunger, deprivation and marginal subsistence from the base of our expanding population.”

On the government reeling out claims of growth and progress, the President said: “Figures mean nothing to those who do not benefit from them. We must act immediately, otherwise the current pockets of conflict, often described as ‘Naxalite’ violence, could acquire far more dangerous dimensions.”

He also warned Pakistan against sponsoring terrorism from across the borders, saying “neighbours may have disagreements; tension can be a subtext of frontiers, but sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation.”

Mukherjee also referred to “serious atrocities” on the Line of Control on the Indian troops and declared: “We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship, but this hand should not be taken for granted.”

On the brutal gang rape and murder of a para-medico student in Delhi last month, he said: “We lost more than a valuable life; we lost a dream. If today young Indians feel outraged, can we blame our youth.”

Referring to the spontaneous protests for over a week in Delhi and other cities and towns over what he described as “a grave tragedy that shattered complacency,” the President called for resetting the nation’s moral compass, stressing that “nothing should be allowed to spur cynicism, as cynicism is blind to morality.

 The President, however, ended his address with optimism that there may be some reason for concern but none for despair and referred to the inscription on the base of the Jaipur Column in the Rashtrapati Bhawan:

“In thought faith…

In word wisdom…

In deed courage…

In life service…

So may India be great”

The spirit of India is written in stone, he added.

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