22/10/2015 8:34 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

President Pranab Mukherjee Says, Indian Civilisation Accepts Differences, Respects Dissent

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AMMAN, JORDAN - OCTOBER 10: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee delivers a speech after he got the title of honorary PHD from Jordan University in Amman, Jordan on October 10, 2015. (Photo by Salah Malkawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

MIRITI, West Bengal -- President Pranab Mukherjee here today said people should convey tolerance, which is the binding force of Indian civilisation, in their daily actions.

"Our civilisation promotes tolerance, accepts differences and respects dissent," Mukherjee told reporters at his ancestral home here in Birbhum district.

"This (Durga) Puja is not only a worship, but a festival.

It integrates all sections of the society besides conveying a message of harmony and peace," Mukherjee, who is visiting his ancestral home on occasion of Durga Puja, said.

"We must recognise the underlying message of the Durga Puja and convey it in our actions," the President added.

"May this festival strengthen the social integrity of our society and turn us away from all that divides and destroys," he said.

The President's remark has come after the attack on a Dalit family in which two toddlers were burnt alive and their parents sustained serious injuries allegedly by upper caste people in Haryana's Faridabad.

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