Live: President Pranab Mukherjee addressing nation on 68th Republic Day eve

Society must have empathetic approach towards youth who are unhappy due to lack of jobs: President

There is a need for inculcating pro-social behaviour through gainful employment, active engagement with community, parental guidance, and empathetic response from a caring society.

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday addressed the nation on the eve of 68th Republic Day said, he backed government initiatives including demonetisation as it will create transparency and endorses cashless economy. Demonetisation, while immobilizing black money may have led to temporary slowdown of economic activity.

In his address to the nation on the eve of 68th Republic Day, Mukherjee, on the the Indian youth, said that “they look for a job as well as a purpose in life” and “lack of opportunities leads to frustration and unhappiness which manifests itself in anger, anxiety, stress and aberrations in behaviour”.

“This has to be dealt with by inculcating pro-social behaviour through gainful employment, active engagement with community, parental guidance, and empathetic response from a caring society,”

“They search for happiness in the highs and lows of day-to-day emotions, and in the fulfillment of the objectives they have set for themselves,” he added.

Speaking earlier on the aspiration of post colonial generation, Mukherjee said: “Born in independent India, three generations of citizens do not carry the baggage of colonial past.

“These generations have had the privilege of acquiring education, pursuing opportunities and chasing dreams in a free nation.”

President Pranab Mukherjee during the address said that India’s democracy has to be celebrated, the focus should be on debate and discussion and not on the disruption in the parliament.

“Our tradition has always celebrated the ‘argumentative’ Indian; not the ‘intolerant’ Indian,” said the President.

“More than a unison of ideas, a healthy democracy calls for conformity to the values of tolerance, patience and respect for others.

President said “These values must reside in the hearts and minds of every Indian — inculcating in them a temperament of understanding and responsibility,”.

He said “depth and breadth of our democracy sparkles” in the regular elections being held in our Panchayati Raj Institutions.

“It is my firm conviction that India’s pluralism and her social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity are our greatest strength.

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