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Posted on Jan 25, 11:51PM | IBNS
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said youths in India cannot be blamed for their outrage over the Delhi gangrape since the woman who died from the brutal attack was the symbol of all that India strives for.
Addressing the nation on the eve of the 64th Republic Day, Pranab Mukherjee said: "I speak to you when a grave tragedy has shattered complacency. The brutal rape and murder of a young woman, a woman who was symbol of all that new India strives to be, has left our hearts empty and our minds in turmoil."
"We lost more than a valuable life; we lost a dream. If today young Indians feel outraged, can we blame our youth?" he said.
"There is a law of the land. But there is also a higher law. The sanctity of a woman is a directive principle of that larger edifice called Indian civilization. The Vedas say that there is more than one kind of mother: birth mother, a guru's wife, a king's wife, a priest's wife, she who nurses us, and our motherland. Mother is our protection from evil and oppression, our symbol of life and prosperity. When we brutalise a woman, we wound the soul of our civilization," said the President.
He said it is time for the nation to reset its moral compass.
"Nothing should be allowed to spur cynicism, as cynicism is blind to morality. We must look deep into our conscience and find out where we have faltered. The solutions to problems have to be found through discussion and conciliation of views. People must believe that governance is an instrument for good and for that, we must ensure good governance," he said.
The President also spoke on the skirmish on the Pakistan border and killing of Indian army personnel.
" In the recent past, we have seen serious atrocities on the Line of Control on our troops. Neighbours may have disagreements; tension can be a subtext of frontiers. But sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation," he said.
"We believe in peace on the border and are always ready to offer a hand in the hope of friendship. But this hand should not be taken for granted," he said.