The 84-year-old leader defined nationalism as the encouragement of dissent, not its suppression.
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While stressing on the need to create jobs in India, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday on the occasion of 200 years of Presidency University said, “India must grow and grow rapidly.”
Further, calling for a strategy, Manmohan Singh said there is a need for evolving a strategy to create 10-12 million jobs every year in India.
“We have to evolve a strategy to create jobs for 10-12 million people every year,” he added.
Moreover, Manmohan Singh stressed that free thinking and liberated expression are now under threat in India’s universities.
Here’s what he said:
- “Recent attempts to interfere with free expression of the student community in Hyderabad Central University and Jawaharlal Nehru University are of particular concern. Attempts to suppress peaceful dissent are not only inimical to learning but they are also undemocratic”
- The 84-year-old leader defined nationalism as the encouragement of dissent, not its suppression
- “We are witnessing around the world a rise in new nationalist tendencies responding to populism and directing hatred against backward classes and minorities. These tendencies could be extremely dangerous. We must protect India from this trend. And universities have a vital role to play”
- Being a brilliant student and a pass of University of Cambridge, Singh said that universities must give their students the freedom to pursue. knowledge.
Furthermore, he stressed upon the need for keeping environmental balance while creating jobs for a sustainable growth.
Singh on employment in India:
- India is a country with a vast potential as talented people abound in the country, but sadly even so many years after Independence “we obviously have to do much more”, he said
- “We have to find pragmatic solution to poverty and equality and to create a climate in which internal tensions can be dissolved without recourse to violence,” Singh added .
About Presidency University:
Established on January 20, 1817, the Hindu College was the earliest institution of higher learning in Asia in terms of modern sense. The college was transformed into Presidency college in 1855.