Nagpur: Former President Pranab Mukherji has attended the RSS’s Tritiya Varsh event. Here, he tried to remind the values of pluralism. He said,”I am here amongst you to share my understanding with you of the concepts of nation, nationalism and patriotism in the context of India.” He said,”Our national identity has emerged after a long drawn process of confluence and assimilation, the multiple cultures and faiths make us special and tolerant.”
He also said,”Any attempt at defining our nationhood in terms of dogma and identities or religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our identity.” “As Gandhi ji explained Indian nationalism was not exclusive nor aggressive nor destructive,”he added.
Mukherji said,”It was this very nationalism that Pandit Nehru so vividly expressed in the book ‘Discovery of India’, he wrote, “I am convinced that nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and other groups in India.”.