Hyderabad, Jan 25: Lok Satta Party president Jayaprakash Narayan on Monday observed that the country cannot remain strong, united and democratic unless the enlightened sections play an effective role during elections. The educated kept away from the polling booths and the poor exercised their franchise for whatever reasons, Narayan said if the youth and the educated take active part in politics, the Indian republic will not merely survive but flourish.
Addressing newsmen on the occasion of diamond jubilee of the Constitution, the National Anthem and the National Flag, Dr Narayan said the survival of the Indian republic for 60 years is a cause for celebration and rejoicing. “Swayed by day-to-day politics, we should not be oblivious to history in the making. No country is more diverse than India because it is the birthplace for Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism and provided a home for Christians, Muslims and Parsis.
Though it has a number of castes, languages and dialects, it has survived as a democracy by granting voting rights to every citizen and women ever since the birth of the Republic conducting successful elections and facilitating peaceful change of government, preserving freedoms despite an aberration like Emergency,'' Narayan added.