|File photo of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (Pic: President of India website)|
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Indian President addresses nation on eve of 65th Republic Day
NEW DELHI (AA) – India's President Pranab Mukherjee warned that a fractured and unstable government would be catastrophic for India, on Saturday.
During his address to the nation, on the eve of the 65th Republic Day, he spoke about the upcoming May 2014 general elections.
“A fractured government, hostage to whimsical opportunists, is always an unhappy eventuality.”
“I am not a cynic because I know that democracy has this marvellous ability to self-correct,” he said.
“It is the physician that heals itself and 2014 must become a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years,” the 78-year-old former Congress politician said.
Mukherjee also addressed concerns about India's weakening democratic institutions and corruption by saying some "have made power a gateway to greed."
“Our problems will not disappear overnight. We live in a turbulent part of the world where factors of instability have grown in the recent past,” he said.
Anadolu Agency, January 25, 2014