New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday weighed in on the debate on free speech and nationalism following last week’s violence at Ramjas College, saying there is “no room in India for the intolerant Indian”. At the same time, he underscored that those in universities “must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest”.
While delivering a lecture on ‘India at 70’ today in Kerala’s Kochi, President Mukherjee said India has always been a “bastion of free thought, speech and expression”. Freedom of speech and expression is also enshrined in the Constitution as a fundamental right.
It is “tragic” to see students being “caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet”. The temples of learning must be places of creativity and free thinking.