Any further delay in Uniform Civil Code will be corrosive to Indian values, says Dhankar

New Delhi, July 5, 2023

Any further delay in implementation of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) will be corrosive to Indian values, Vice-president Jagdeep Dhankar said on Tuesday.

Addressing the 25th convocation of IIT Guwahati, the Vice President said the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP) were fundamental in the governance of the country and it was the duty of the State to frame the rules.

Many such DPSPs, including Panchayats, Cooperatives and Right to Education have already been translated into law. Now, it was time to implement Article 44 of the Constitution.

Cautioning against attempts to tarnish the image of India and "frequent orchestration of anti-national narratives," he said, “It is high time choreographers of anti-Bharat narrative orchestration are effectively rebuffed. “No foreign entity can be allowed to tweak our sovereignty and reputation."

Describing India as the oldest, largest, most functional & vibrant democracy that is giving stability to global peace & harmony, he said, "We cannot suffer a dent on our flourishing and blossoming democracy and constitutional institutions."

Noting that there was zero tolerance to corruption now, he called for making a corruption-free society. "Corruption is anti-democratic, corruption is poor governance, corruption runs down our growth… a corruption-free society is the safest guarantee to your growth trajectory," he said.

He also expressed his disapproval of some people ``taking to streets rather than taking recourse to lawful process" when they are held for corruption.

The Vice-President asked the students to take pride in being Indians and the country’s historical achievements. They should be committed to economic nationalism and refrain from making fiscal gains at the cost of the nation and nationalism.

Dhankar exhorted the students to remain tolerant to diverse views. "We should also consider other points of view, as more often than not, the other point of view could be correct," he said.

Earlier in the day, Dhankar, along with his wife Sudesh Dhankhar visited and prayed at the renowned Kamakhya temple in Guwahati. Later, he had an interaction with the students of IIT Guwahati.


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