New Delhi: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book “Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker’s Perspective” written by. Meira Kumar, former Speaker, Lok Sabha at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 20. The President received the book from Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha who formally released it. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Meira Kumar for bringing out the book “Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker’s Perspective”. He said that each one of us can learn a number of lessons from her observations in the book.
The President said to his mind the Office of Speaker is very crucial. The Parliament portrays the will of the people. The basic tenet of Parliamentary system is the representation of people in Parliament. The Speaker is the custodian of the rights, privileges and performance of the representatives of people in the Parliament who represent the spirit and aspirations of the vast multitude of people of the country.
The President said Parliamentary diplomacy has become important and these days a crucial work being undertaken by the Speaker is carrying diplomatic work through attending various international conferences and bilateral visits.