India told Pakistan that "patience has limits"
India told Pakistan that "patience has limits" and all "necessary steps" will be taken to ensure internal security and protect territorial integrity.India told Pakistan that "patience has limits" and all "necessary steps" will be taken to ensure internal security and protect territorial integrity.
NEW DELHI: India today told Pakistan that "patience has limits" and all "necessary steps" will be taken to ensure internal security and protect territorial integrity.
Without mentioning Pakistan by name, President Pranab Mukherjee said despite India's consistent efforts to build friendly relations with neighbours, there have been tensions on the border and repeated violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control,leading to tragic loss of lives.
"Our commitment to peace is unfailing but even our patience has limits. All steps necessary to ensure internal security and protect the territorial integrity of the nation will be taken," he said addressing the nation on the eve of 67th Independence Day.
He applauded the courage and heroism of the security and armed forces who maintain eternal vigilance and paid homage to those who have made the supreme sacrifice of the most precious gift of life in the service of the motherland.
Mukherjee said in the recent past there have been grave challenges to the security, internal as well as external.
"The barbaric face of Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh led to a loss of many innocent lives," he said.
The President said, "institutions are a mirror of national character. Today we see widespread cynicism and disillusionment with the governance and functioning of institutions in our country.
"Our legislatures look more like combat arenas, rather than fora that legislate. Corruption has become a major challenge. The precious resources of the nation are being wasted through indolence and indifference. It is sapping the dynamism of our society. We need to correct this regression."
Noting that the Constitution provides a delicate balance of power between various institutions of the state, Mukherjee said this balance has to be maintained.
"We need a Parliament that debates, discusses and decides. We need a judiciary that gives justice without delays. We need leadership that is committed to the nation and those values that made us a great civilization.
"We need a state that inspires confidence among people in its ability to surmount challenges before us. We need a media and citizens who, even as they claim their rights, are equally committed to their responsibilities," he said.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi's promise of self-rule based on tolerance and self-restraint and the promise of freedom from want and deprivation, Mukherjee said, "for nearly seven decades now we have been masters of our destiny. This is then the moment to ask are we heading in the right direction?"