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Indians must look for opportunities to be united: Modi

By The Assam Tribune

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it is easy to get divided but instead opportunities must be sought to unite.

Concluding the debate in the Rajya Sabha to mark the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of BR Ambedkar, one of the prime architects of the constitution, Modi said: "The mantra of unity should be in focus... There are many excuses to be divided, but we must look for opportunities to be united."

The Prime Minister said the decision to mark Constitution Day was to make future generations aware of the Constitution and the eminent people who formulated it.

He noted that Ambedkar helped frame a Constitution that stands for social justice but added that it would not work unless those values are inculcated in the society.

"The Constitution Babasaheb (as Ambedkar is popularly called) made has social justice... But it will not be effective if the society is not ready to change. Social awareness is also needed, and this is the message that should go from the house," he said.

Modi said he had thought of a programme to push national integration - "Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat" - under which every state can observe a year dedicated to another state.

During this period, culture and language of the other state would be highlighted.

"Why not teach Malayalam alphabets to children in schools in Chhattisgarh or show Malayalam movies in Chhattisgarh?" he said.

Modi said the patriotism of Indians could never be doubted. "No one can doubt the patriotism of 1.25 billion Indians, nor does any one need to give any proof of his patriotism every day," he said.

The discussion started in the upper house on Friday.

Rise above religion, says Modi:People must rise above issues of religion and sects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.

Wrapping up a debate on the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar, one of the key architects of the Constitution, Modi said the Constitution kept the country united.

It was also the people's duty to keep the country one, Modi said in his concluding remarks in the Rajya Sabha. For this, he said, "we have to rise above sects, religion".

The Indian Constitution, Modi said, had been the guiding spirit for the nation even amid dark times. It also keeps India bound together, he added.

Rajnath dismisses charges of intolerance"Refuting charges of intolerance, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that tolerance was the tradition of the country.

Replying to the two-day debate in the Lok Sabha on the issue of intolerance, he said India was tolerant and will remain so in the future.

"Some artificial shells are being fired. We were tolerant, are tolerant and will remain tolerant... it is our tradition," he said.

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