Anti-India forces orchestrating ‘pernicious narratives’: VP Dhankhar

VP Jagdeep Dhankhar said some "incubators and distributors" of anti-India forces were orchestrating "pernicious narratives" to trim the country's growth trajectory and taint its functional democracy

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar,16th Civil Services Day, Section 17A, Prevention of Corruption Act
"It is imperative that we all believe in our nation and nationalism and engage in neutralizing such misadventures," said the Vice President. (File photo)

“Some ‘incubators and distributors’ of anti-India forces are orchestrating ‘pernicious narratives’ to trim the country’s growth trajectory and taint its functional democracy,” Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said on Sunday (March 19), stressing the need to neutralise such “misadventures”.

Addressing an event in New Delhi, Dhankhar’s predecessor M Venkaiah Naidu also flagged the issue and said certain powers outside the country were making such efforts as they are not happy with the growth and emergence of India.

Venkaiah Naidu calls for smooth functioning of Parliament

Against the backdrop of a logjam in Parliament over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks in the UK, the former vice president also called for smooth functioning of the proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

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“The responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament lies with both the ruling party and and the opposition,” he added.

Both Dhankhar and his predecessor Naidu addressed the event organized to release a memoir of former Tamil Nadu governor PS Ramamohan Rao.

India on the rise as never before: Dhankhar

“India is on the rise as never before and the rise is unstoppable. Global relevance and recognition of the nation is at a level never seen before. This rise is with challenges…,” Dhankhar said.

“It is here that the intelligentsia and people from the media come into the picture. We all need to be cognizant of the emergence of incubators and distributors of anti-Indian forces orchestrating pernicious narratives to downsize our growth trajectory and taint our functional democracy and constitutional institutions,” he said.

“It is imperative that we all believe in our nation and nationalism and engage in neutralizing such misadventures,” he added. In a democracy, Dhankhar said, all are similarly accountable to law.

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“No one can have privileged consideration by law, else democracy will cease to exist…You be as high, the law is always above you. It is known to us all that there can be no such privileges. There can be no enforcement of these privileges,” he said.

“The rigors of law must apply to all. Some people, unfortunately, think they are different or to be dealt with differently, “he added, without naming anyone. “India is the most vibrant and functional democracy,” he said.

“Equality is something which we can never negotiate. Adherence to law is not optional. Some people have to realize it,” he added.

‘Some countries unable to appreciate India’s emergence’

Addressing the event, Naidu said, “Some of the countries, who have a mindset of colonialism and who ruled us, ruined us, looted us and cheated us, they are not able to appreciate the growth and emergence of India.”

The former vice president said India is a vibrant democracy and people have freedom of expression in the country, so much so that they can even criticize the prime minister.

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“I feel Parliament should function. This responsibility does not lie with one party. Every party should help in proper functioning of the House,” he said.

“In the House, you can argue, criticise, tear the government into pieces by your arguments, but you must allow the institution to function. This responsibility lies on both the ruling and opposition parties. This should be kept in mind,” he added.

Former TN governor Ramamohan Rao’s memoir released

Comparing his term as a governor with that of former Tamil Nadu governor PS Ramamohan Rao whose memoir was released at the event, Dhankhar said, “While I did have the privilege to have Mamata Banerjee ji as the chief minister, he also had a lady chief minister (J Jayalalithaa) who had a very strong personality.”

“We both had to deal with politicians of that calibre…We both could not complete our term for different reasons,” Dhankhar said,” adding Rao yielded to his conscience and did not cling to the office.

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“We both acted with scrupulous, meticulous adherence to constitutional provisions. It takes a lot of courage to say after demitting office that there never was any occasion to deviate from the constitutional prescriptions,” he said.

“I was lucky. Naidu ji was mentor to many including me. I was getting constant guidance,” he said.

“A governor is required to address the Assembly…I have done it on three occasions. On all the three occasions, the chief minister was not sure whether I would be doing so or not. The chief minister may forget that I had people who could guide me, enlighten me, and (so) there could be no question of deviation,” he added.

(With agency inputs)