Democracy is more than a system for Government - Dr. Manmohan Singh

Apr 11, 2018 17:05 | Chandigarh

Chandigarh, 11 April Wednesday 2018 (kulbir singh kalsi):


            “As we celebrate this seventieth year of our independence I am extremely optimistic about our future as a nation and ask that we continue our journey on the path of democracy” said Hon’ble Dr. Manmohan Singh, Former Prime Minister during the Ist Prof. S.B. Rangnekar Memorial Oration on “The 70th Anniversary of our Independence-Strengthening the Roots of our Democracy, at Panjab University(PU), Chandigarh, here today.   

            Talking on Democracy, he said that it is more than a system of government. It is an ideology about how human beings ought to treat each other. Democracy is based on a stubborn insistence that every human being should have an equal voice in the formation and operation of arrangements of governance, he added.

            While elaborating on Equality, he said that it is vitally important for us in India to maintain strong focus on containing the growth of economic inequality, and work actively to reduce it. What is required is stronger social and political reawakening to the principle of equality – social, economic and political – for the sake of equality and as a mark of our commitment to democracy.

            Talking of Freedom, Dr. Singh said that the freedom of a country is not the freedom of its government. It is the freedom of people, which in turn, is not the freedom only of its privileged and powerful, but the freedom of every Indian. He stressed that there can be no democracy without national independence nor can be independent without democracy.

            Democracy is as inseparable from fraternity as is equality and freedom. Only a fraternal people can maintain a democracy. And, conversely, only a democratic nation can maintain fraternity. Fraternity is based, as powerfully and eloquently stated in the preamble of our Constitution, on the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation, said Dr. Singh.

            Dr. Singh while talking on Electoral System, said that we are all most proud of our democratic electoral system in which ruling parties have been defeated and power has been transferred peacefully. This is a rare success in today’s world. Our electoral system has succeeded against great odds.  It has destroyed feudal systems of government. It has opened up opportunities for the aam aadmi without any social, economic or political privilege whatsoever by birth to occupy the highest positions of power, he added.

            After the oration lecture, Dr. Manmohan Singh visited the Department of Economics. Dr. Singh is not only a former student, but a former faculty member of the PU also. He is holding Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in the University and he interacted with the faculty and the students of the Department. Thereafter, he visited Guru Teg Bahadur Hall to look at the allocated space for display of around 3500 books donated by him.

            On the occasion, Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Meenakshi Malhotra, Dean University Instruction, Col. G.S.Chadha(Retd.), Registrar, Prof. Parvinder Singh, Controller of Examination, Prof. Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, Sh. Vikram Nayyar, Finance & Development Officer from PU, PU Fellows, Faculty & Students and dignitaries from the city were present.