ArrayShimla: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said democracy is not just a system but a natural tendency of India.
Addressing the inaugural session of the 82nd All India Presiding Officers’ Conference here virtually, he stressed, “We have to take the country to newer heights, achieve extraordinary goals in the years to come.”
“These resolutions will be fulfilled only by ‘sabka prayas’ (everyone’s efforts). And in democracy, in the federal system of India, when we talk about ‘sabka prayas’, then the role of all the states is its major foundation”.
Continuing with the importance of ‘sabka prayas’, the Prime Minister said, be it the solution to long-pending issues of northeast or completion of big development projects halted for decades — there are numerous works like these that have been completed by the nation in the last few years with efforts of everyone.
He cited the fight against coronavirus pandemic as a great example of ‘sabka prayas’.
“The traditions and arrangements of our house should be Indian in nature. Our policies, our laws should strengthen the spirit of Indianness, the resolve of ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. Most importantly, our own conduct in the House should be according to Indian values. It’s the responsibility of all of us,” said the Prime Minister.
He said, “Our country is full of diversity. In our journey of the development of thousands of years, we have come to realise that even in the midst of diversity, flows the grand and divine unbroken stream of unity. This unbroken stream of unity, cherishes our diversity and preserves it.”
“Can three-four days in a year be kept in the House in such a way when public representatives doing something special for society talk about their experience, tell the country about this aspect of their social life also.
“You will see, along with people’s representatives, other people of society will also get to learn a lot from this.”
Modi added, “Can we think of setting a separate time for quality debate as well? Such a debate in which dignity, seriousness is fully followed, no one should make political slurs on anyone. In a way, it is the healthiest time of the house, a healthy day.”
In his speech, Modi proposed the ‘One Nation, One Legislative Platform’ idea.
“I have an idea of ‘One Nation One Legislative Platform’. A portal that not only gives the necessary technological boost to our parliamentary system but also works to connect all the democratic units of the country.”
“Next 25 years are very important for India. In this, we can implement only one mantra — duty, duty & duty,” the Prime Minister stressed. (IANS)