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2014 will be year of resurgence: President

Saturday, 25 January 2014

New Delhi: In what can be seen as a possible jibe at the political chaos in Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to the nation ahead of the Republic Day said that the country has descended into a 'noisy democracy.'

In his address on Saturday, he said, “The government sometimes becomes a noisy democracy." But also added that a 'populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance'.

He said the turbulent times were a resultant of the political rut the country finds itself in, and said, “Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy. If Indians are enraged it is because they are witnessing waste of resources.”

Perhaps in a sense of foreboding in the election year, he warned the voters that a fractured government could be "catastrophic" for India as the nation (and the government) will then be held at ransom by "whimsical opportunists."

In a worried tone he said that the democracy was in a chaos, and laying emphasis on the elections ahead said there was a chance for every voter to guide into out of the negativity.

The President said he was not a cynic because he knew that democracy has a marvellous ability to self-correct.

"It is the physician that heals itself and 2014 must become a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years," he said.



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