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Debate, dissent and disagreement welcomed in polity, violence has no place in Indian Constitution: President Kovind while inaugurating 'Festival of Democracy'
To mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala legislative assembly on August 6, President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 'Festival of Democracy' in Thiruvananthapuram and said that said that politics, public life and the quality of democracy are a reflection of the essential ethos of a society, stated an official release.

The festival comprises of six different seminars on important themes of legislative democracy. These include empowering the weaker sections, particularly Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities; focusing on women and gender-related issues; making assembly proceedings more effective and outcome-oriented; engagement of the media and of students with parliamentary democracy; and finally the relevance and wider applicability of the Kerala developmental model, added the release.

"The next stage of the "Kerala model" should be to ensure greater opportunities for the youth of Kerala in their home state itself. Of course, they are more than welcome to work anywhere in the country, but the gap in the incubation of entrepreneurial and business capacities in Kerala itself needs to be addressed by all stakeholders. I am confident that the discussions over the next two days will focus on this aspect as well," urged the President Kovind.

Drawing the attention of the gathering towards the paradox of political violence in some regions of Kerala, he said, "This is unfortunate and does little justice to the glorious traditions of the state and its people. It is important for all political groups and all enlightened citizens to do their utmost to curb the development of such tendencies. Debate, dissent and disagreement are perfectly acceptable and should be welcomed in our polity. But violence has no place in our Constitution."

He advised, "It would be appropriate if we could give some thought to this at a 'Festival of Democracy'. The people of Kerala, and the citizens of India, deserve that we do serious thinking on the issue."

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