Amid rising incidents of mob lynching from Jharkhand to Jaipur, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday called on citizens to be vigilant to save the basic tenets of our time. He said, when mob lynching becomes so high and uncontrollable, we have to pause and reflect, are we vigilant enough? "Are we vigilant enough to save the basic tenets of our time?" the President said.
"I am not talking of vigilantism".
Pranab was speaking on Saturday at the relaunch of the National Herald Paper.
Mukherjee also said that one can not obliterate one's duty towards the issue, saying, "Posterity will demand an explanation from us about what we have done".
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"We should ponder about this country when we see someone being lynched", added President Pranab Mukherjee.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said that there was utmost need to keep "alive" the idea of India and maintained that there was also need to speak out as silence could be interpreted as "consent" to many things going around in the society. "It is being encouraged by a culture of vigilantive violence, actively supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law", Gandhi said.
Mukherjee said as an ordinary citizen of the country, he felt that a very big task was achieved by having a country of 1.3 billion people, where 200 languages and dialects are used, all seven major religions of the world are practiced and all three major ethnic groups live unitedly under one Constitution, one flag and in peace and harmony. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, and freedom and that vigilance can never be passive.