Indian Democracy Needs No Certificates From External Agencies, Says Vice President
Indian Democracy Needs No Certificates From External Agencies, Says Vice President
Being an Indian national only respects the constitution, says Shri Venkaiah Naidu
Journalism must be supported by research, purpose and perseverance
Publishes books on “Democracy, Politics and Governance” written by Dr. A. Surya Prakash
By GDP Delhi
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, today affirmed that the functioning of democracy in the country is in line with constitutional principles aimed at ensuring equal rights and justice for all citizens and that it does not need any validation from external agencies. He made this claim by publishing the English and Hindi versions of books entitled “Democracy, Politics and Governance” written by Dr A. Surya Prakash, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and a distinguished commentator on the issues. parliamentary and constitutional. and a seasoned journalist.
Shri Naidu’s defense of Indian democracy comes against the backdrop of recent unfavorable reports on its functioning by some Western and American agencies. He praised Shri Surya Prakash for presenting effective evidence-based counter-narratives in this regard.
The Vice President further underlined that being an Indian national was to adhere to the spirit and philosophy of the Constitution which aims to promote brotherhood among all citizens on an equal footing and stated that “every national is bound to rise above the divisions of caste, creed. , color, region and religion ”. He commended Shri Prakash for promoting this cause through his writing over the past 30 years.
Shri Naidu stressed the need for thorough research by reporters and to keep news and views separate. He suggested that journalists and commentators be imbued with “passion, purpose, perspective and perseverance.” He praised Shri Prakash for upholding these standards throughout his 50-year career in media and as a commentator.
Minister of Union, Shri Pralhad Joshi, Minister of Union, Shri Anurag Thakur, Minister of State, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Editor-in-Chief of Tughlak, Shri S. Gurumurthy and President of the International Vivekananda Foundation, Shri Surya Prakash, and senior media officials were present on the occasion.
Here is the full text of the speech:
“Today is ‘Constitution Day’ and this morning we commemorated the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the ‘Constitution of India’ on this day in 1949 at an event in the Central Hall of Parliament .
I am indeed happy that the release of two books written by Dr. Surya Prakash, entitled “Democracy, Politics and Governance” in English and “Loktantr, Rajniti and Dharm” in Hindi, coincides with such a solemn occasion. Such a moment of liberation is appropriate because he has spent his life analyzing the functioning of our parliamentary institutions and the constitutional framework that guides our public and political life and amplifying the messages that flow from it for wider dissemination and awareness.
To begin with, I commend the author for the “passion, purpose, perspective and perseverance” that marked his 50-year career as a journalist early on and as a commentator later. I have reason to believe that this has been a meaningful and satisfying assignment for him because of his contributions to the dossier and their impact on all relevant stakeholders, including the reading public. Shri Prakash was completely objective as a reporter keeping news and views separate and passionately pursued his perspective-laden views as a commentator later. These 4 Ps I referred to should guide any journalist and commentator.
After entering journalism in 1971 with the Indian Express in Bengaluru and moving to New Delhi in 1981 and as a commentator for the past three decades, Shri Prakash pursued the mission of serving the public cause by doing numerous reports and writings on the functioning of various institutions with the sole aim of pushing them to raise the bar.
I have the impression that the imposition of “emergency” just four years after his debut as a journalist and the scars he personally suffered and witnessed led him to focus on rights and dignity of citizens and to ensure that the march of the nation is guided by the philosophy set out in the Constitution. Its respect and commitment to constitutional principles stand out as the defining principle of its 50-year mission. There are very few who can compete with such a determined pursuit of Shri Surya Prakash with such determination and clarity of thought and purpose.
The two books I am publishing today chronicle the trends and temptations that have marked our public life over the past 30 years, highlighting the concerns that arise and signaling the correctional interventions required. These books are of great value as calculators ready to understand the shortcomings in the functioning of our constitutional and parliamentary institutions and the aberrations triggered by short-sighted people in power and authority. What marks Shri Prakash’s work is the intense research and the following evidence that he collects to support his arguments.
His book ‘What Ails Indian Parliament’ published 26 years ago is clear evidence of such an approach by Shri Prakash who highlighted the shortcomings in the functioning of our umbrella legislature with a huge body of statistics, perhaps , for the first time.
Another unique contribution of Shri Surya Prakash is his strong defense of the “Indian nationalism” that our Constitution seeks to foster. Amid growing national and international efforts to reduce the cause of nationalism and even our vibrant democracy, he has come up with effective counter-narratives basing his arguments on our country’s demonstrated core values and the philosophy of our Constitution. Only a strong and united India as a fully integrated nation can bring our country to the height of the glory we deserve.
Shri Prakash’s central argument is that our Constitutions have clearly established the rules of the game and that all stakeholders must abide by those rules with unwavering commitment. He points out in clear terms that our democracy, despite some shortcomings, conforms to such principles and that no one needs to issue us a certificate in this regard. In the process, he brings out the democratic fervor that guides the so-called “right-wing” thinkers in our country who have been constantly attacked by the so-called “left-thinkers” who have dominated the national psyche for too long.
To be an INDIAN is nothing more than to be guided by the constitutional principles of equality and justice for all and the spirit of brotherhood which is the hallmark of any “nationalist” rising above divisions. of caste, creed, color, region and religion. Shri Surya Prakash continues this mission and I congratulate him on it.
Every Indian should be proud of their past and move forward with confidence and commitment to realize a New India of the dreams of freedom fighters and of the vision of our constitution makers to realize the aspirations of Young India. I am happy to note that Shri Surya Prakash has done his part in this regard through his published works.
I know that Shri Surya Prakash was instrumental in the introduction of live broadcasting of parliamentary debates and the committee system in 1993. His study of the Bundestag, the German Parliament and his report played a key role in both of these. momentous decisions which were recognized by the then president of Lok Sabha, Shri Shivraj Patil. I appreciate Shri Prakash for his role in them.
I am indeed happy to publish the two books of Shri Surya Prakash on Constitution Day today.
I am also happy to note that many of the people dearer and closer to Shri Prakash are here today as a measure of your recognition and support for the mission he has pursued over the past 50 years. . There is no doubt that this is a great moment of joy for all of you to share. I also compliment all of you for being by his side for all these years.
I am sure that Shri Prakash will continue his mission for many years to come.
Thanks everyone! “