New Delhi: The Congress party on Thursday said that former President and party veteran Pranab Mukherjee has shown the ‘mirror of truth’ to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at their headquarters in Nagpur by reminding them of India’s ‘pluralism’ and ‘tolerance’.
Addressing an RSS event amid criticism by several of his party leaders including his own daughter, Pranab Mukherjee warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” will only dilute the country’s existence.
Mukherjee said intolerance will only dilute India’ national identity and Indian nationalism emanated from universalism, assimilation and co-existence.”In India, we derive our strength from tolerance, and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity,” he said.
However, reacting to Mukherjee’s speech, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that former president has shown the ‘mirror of truth’ to the RSS at their headquarters in Nagpur by reminding them of India’s ‘pluralism’, ‘tolerance’, ‘secularism’ and ‘inclusiveness’ as an article of faith and soul of the country.”
Stating that Mukherjee also reminded the present Modi government of following ‘Rajdharma’, Congress said, “He particularly reminded the Prime Minister that ‘Happiness of people is the happiness of ruler, their welfare is his welfare’. Indicating the unchecked exercise of authority and attack on institutions in garb of a self-professed definition of ‘Pseudo Nationalism’, he reminded the RSS as also the Prime Minister that, ‘Indian Nationalism is Constitutional patriotism’.”
“Let the RSS and BJP publically commit today to change its character, orientation, thought process and path and accept the sagacious advise of their guest, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today,” Congress said.
The Congress leader also said that as Indians and as Congressmen, they encourage and believe in the democratic dialogue and recognize the tight and sanctity of dialogue across different thought processes.
“Simple issue to understand, however, is – Dialogue is possible in democratic order, with an open mind and willingness to change, accept and adapt to the other person’s point of view.”
The Congress party also asked: Is RSS ready to ‘listen’, to ‘change’, to ‘admit’ its mistakes – both of ‘thought and action’, to ‘adapt’ to India’s foundational values of pluralism, tolerance, non-violence, secularism and diversity, to give up its prejudice vis-a-vis ‘women, dalits, backwards, minorities and the deprived’, to accept ‘scientific temper’ and ‘rationality’, and to give up its inherent character of ‘subjugation, domination and violence’.