NPP on President’s address to Parliament, word ‘secular’ missing

Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of the National Panthers Party, Member of National Integration Council and a parliamentarian expressed surprise on missing of word, ‘secularism’ in the address of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. The Presidential Address that President read out to the Members of the Parliament read, “They have voted for a united, strong and modern India—‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’. My government will work to fulfill these aspirations; with the involvement of all the 125 crore people of this great country.” The NPP Supremo said that people of India have voted for a united, strong, secular and modern India. There were only 66.4% of the voters who participated in the election. The BJP got only 31% of the votes.

The fact is 837500000 have voted in the Parliamentary election in 2014. The BJP secured only 170000000 (17 crores). This certainly would not be concluded as if the majority of the people have voted for non-secular India.

The Presidential address is welcome that his government shall “ensure that Kashmiri Pandits return to the land of their ancestors with full dignity, security and assured livelihood.” It is regrettable that the plight and rehabilitation of Jammu (Talwara Migrants) has been deleted from the President’s address though Mrs. Sushma Swaraj as a leader of the M.Ps’ delegation to Jammu had herself expressed concern on the plight of Jammu migrants who have not been provided relief in cash and kind in spite of the judgment of the Supreme Court of India in July 2006. The President’s address has shown more interest to work for Digital India and provide Wi-Fi zones completely ignoring the plight of educated youth including technocrats and their livelihood and work. The President address has emphasized on the increase of the judges in the Subordinate and Higher Courts completely ignoring the fact that the criminal laws under which the courts’ functions were enacted in the 18th century by the British rulers. Britain have overhauled those systems whereas India remains where it was. The President’s address had ignored the fact that there are thousands of vacancies for the posts of judges which need to be filled on priority.

            The sad part of the Presidential address is the retention of FDI even in defence sector least realizing that it will endanger the security of the country.

The Presidential address has promised heavens in all fields even in removing poverty by next 10 years which speaks volumes about the latent intention and the commitment of the government of India to take up plans and projects immediately. 10 years would mean, the people have to wait till next election is over.

The President’s address, intentionally or unintentionally has omitted the mentioning of Nawaz Sharief, the Prime Minister of Pakistan who accepted the local challenges and threat and made it to attend the ‘coronation’ ceremony of the Prime Minister of India. The Presidential address has mentioned the presence of the Prime Minister of Mauritius but forgot to mention the presence of Shri Nawaz Sharief. Besides, the Presidential address has mentioned India’s relations with USA, Europe, Russian Federation but the names of Pakistan, Sri Lanka or even Arab world, Palestine are missing from his address. The Arab world including Iran have been very intimate and useful friends of India since centuries.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that he is not in the Parliament and therefore he cannot interact with the parliamentarians, intellectuals, academicians and other notables of the country. Whatever a little he could express that is stated in this reaction.