If not addressed, present challenges can lead to disastrous consequences: Manmohan Singh
There are prevailing tensions in the polity and challenges which, if not addressed, can lead to “disastrous” consequences, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today. Speaking at the launch of a book, titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy-An Indian narrative’, authored by former Union minister Ashwani Kumar, Singh stressed the need to remain alert by not giving up hope despite the tensions.
Vice president Hamid Ansari, who was also present on the occasion, said in a country like India and given its inherent contradictions emanating from diversities and inequalities, the operation of a democratic polity was always going to be “challenged”. “There are today tensions in the polity. There are challenges which need to be addressed and if not addressed they can have disastrous consequences,” Singh said.
Stressing that one has to remain alert, Singh said that Kumar’s book has reminded of those challenges which “we as a nation collectively face and must face”. “There are tensions but one cannot give up hope,” he said. Singh said that he was reminded of an example where Mao Zedong was asked by a western delegation of what he thought about the French Revolution, to which he answered that it was too early to pronounce.
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