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Varsities should be place of debate, not violence: Pranab Mukherjee

In the backdrop of ongoing tussle between RSS-affiliate ABVP and Left-backed AISA supporters in the Delhi University, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said students and faculties must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagating a culture of unrest.He also said it was tragic to see students caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet

He also said it was tragic to see students caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet

“It is tragic to see them (students) caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet,” Mukherjee said while delivering the sixth K S Rajamony Memorial Lecture.

Underlining ancient glorious culture of universities in the country, he said, “Our premier institutions of higher education are the vehicles on which India has to propel itself into a knowledge society.” “These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking,” he said.

“These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking,” he said.Mukherjee also cautioned against the exploitation of fault lines in the society, intolerance and attack on women.

Mukherjee also cautioned against the exploitation of fault lines in the society, intolerance and attack on women.He said there should be no room in the country for the intolerant Indian as this nation has been a bastion of free though, speech and expression since ancient times.

He said there should be no room in the country for the intolerant Indian as this nation has been a bastion of free though, speech and expression since ancient times.The society has always been characterised by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion, the President said.

The society has always been characterised by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion, the President said.

“Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent,” he said.

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