Mr. Pranab Mukherjee has demitted himself as the 13th President of India. His farewell speech was emotional and described an incredible journey of his participation in the political process. The nostalgia inspired moments of utter respect for his almost 40 years old association with the Parliament. That’s a long time to be representing the country.
He did not only convey the nostalgia but also laid down some wisdom from his tenure. The messages addressed in the speech were subtle but aimed at teaching us on how the government should function and drew some attention at some problems.
During his speech, he cited an example of Indira Gandhi of the emergency declared by her and how she accepted openly that it was a mistake to the media. The sole reason for presenting that instance was to explain how the governments can sometimes mess up with their decisions at large and the acknowledgment of it can make up to be as the only strong position for the government.
Importance of Discussions and Dissent and declining scrutiny of legislations
A significant time of his speech was spent explaining the importance of debates, discussions, and dissent which could only be possible without any disruptions. He went on to address the issue of declining amount of time to
He went on to address the issue of declining amount of time to scrutinise such complex legislations through the route, saying, that it hurts the concerns of the people of the country most who are being represented in the Parliament.
The balance of change and principle of continuity lay down by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru was used to substantiating his stand which was insightful of him.
Unity in Diversity
Considering the present status quo, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee did not neglect the issue of communal disturbance and reminded the nation of the strong representation of every part of this country in the Parliament to protect the interests of 130 crore people of three major races, 7 major religions, speaking 122 languages.
All of which are together under one constitution, one flag and one administrative system.
Not to take the Ordinance route
Ordinances had been a major discourse of legislating through the executive body of the government. In the recent times, ordinances had been used to implement laws without the discussions at the Parliament citing the reason of urgency.
It was expressly and firmly stated by Mr. Mukherjee that the Ordinance route shall not be taken specifically in the monetary matters. The urgent matters can be dealt by making the concerned committees aware of the urgency and mandate the report in stipulated time.
The farewell speech by 13th President of India was a fine balance of wisdom and gratitude. It told us how the great men became great men even through their goodbyes.
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