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Pranab Mukherjee's Speech Reminds RSS of 'India's Glorious History'

Former president Pranab Mukherjee warned that any attempt to define India through "religion, hatred, dogmas and intolerance" will dilute our existence and said public discourses must be freed of all forms of violence.

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Updated:June 8, 2018, 8:40 AM IST
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Nagpur: Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s speech at the RSS headquarters reminded of the glorious history of the nation while highlighting inclusiveness, pluralism and unity in diversity as foundation of India, the organisation said late on Thursday.

"Mukherjee's address reminded the glorious history of the nation...5,000-year-old cultural heritage of the country. Our state system may have changed but our values remain the same. He also highlighted inclusiveness, pluralism and unity in diversity as foundation of Bharat," RSS prachar pramukh (official spokesperson) Arun Kumar told PTI and thanked Mukherjee for attending the RSS meet.

"We thank for him coming to the event and strengthening the conversation around the concept of nation, nationalism and patriotism," he said.

Mukherjee warned that any attempt to define India through "religion, hatred, dogmas and intolerance" will dilute our existence and said public discourses must be freed of all forms of violence, as he addressed an RSS event despite criticism by the Congress and his family.

Asserting that India's identity has emerged through a long-drawn process of confluence, assimilation and co-existence, Mukherjee, in a strong-worded speech on 'nation, nationalism and patriotism' in context of India, said India's soul resides in pluralism and tolerance.​

(With PTI inputs)

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