New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS): President Pratibha Patil today greeted the nation on the occasion of New Year. She expressed the hope that 2012 would bring happiness to the nation.
"On the joyous occasion of the New Year, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens for a happy and prosperous New Year," said an official communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. In her message, Patil said: "Let us resolve to work with all dedication and a sense of pride in whatever activities we undertake."
Democracy is best guarantor of internal security: PMDemocracy can often be frustrating, but it is also the greatest guarantor of internal security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday, reminding cynics and sceptics that "India's democracy remains an inspiration to the world."
In his New Year's message to the people of the country, the Prime Minister agreed - with obvious reference to recent events and the government's inability to push through key legislations, including that of the Lokpal - that "often democracy can be frustrating - both to those who are in government and to those who expect it to be more efficient, effective and humane.
"But our democracy is our strength. It is the basis of our unity. It is also the most important guarantor of internal security," he said emphatically.