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New Delhi,Manan Kumar: At the end of thre-day long marathon debate on commemorating November 26, the 125th anniversary of Dr Ambedkar as the Constitution Day, the Rajya Sabha saw a different avatar of Prime Minister Modi that is ready to tread an extra mile for reconciliation and let the parliament function by reining in forces of intolerance.
Speaking on a positive note amid controversies surrounding Aamir Khan and returning of the Awards, PM Modi affirmed unequivocally that “nobody in the country needs to give a certificate of his or her patriotism as everyone in the country of 125 crore is a patriot first.”
Modi’s well measured speech was quite an antithesis of debate in which treasury and opposition benches traded charges against each other often crossing the brief. It amply suggested that PM Modi is now ready to rein in rabid rebel rousers of intolerance within his party and in the larger Sangh parivar.
In a speech bereft of any harsh comments and full of conciliatory tone and tenor, Modi virtually left nothing for the opposition benches to counter him on any point giving indications that he was ready to tread an extra mile to get through important legislations such as the GST and Land Bill. Modi’s speech was applauded by everyone present in the house.
“We always talk in voices Paksh (my side) and Vipaksh (opposition), why cannot we be Nishpaksh (impartial) at times…Why we talk in terms of I and you, why cannot we say we in one voice….There are many excuses to be divided, but we should look for reasons to be united,” Modi said.
Extending his hand to the Congress, the PM in the beginning of his speech acknowledged the role of Congress leaders, including Jawaharlal Nehru, in drafting the Constitution which he referred to as the single biggest source of guidance for the democratic nation.
Modi even quoted Nehru saying that “Pandit Nehru said the successful implementation of our Constitution depends on our mutual cooperation.”
Incidentally, on Congress suggestion, the government accepted to include the names of other Congress stalwarts for their role in the making of the Constitution.
The resolution passed at the end of the debate read, “Having remembered with gratitude, the commitment of the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi, the pioneering and monumental role played by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Vallbhbahi Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and other founding fathers of our constitution and their contribution in enabling us to adopt, enact and give to ourselves the Constitution on the 26th November, 1949, which commenced on the 26th January, 1950…”
Not only this, the resolution adopted also contained solemn reaffirmation of commitment to the principles and ideals of the constitution to protect “socialist and secular character” of country, the two values that have often come under attack of the BJP.
This, Congress and Left leaders, claim has bound the BJP in a web and will prove to be a vital weapon to check the BJP whenever such need arises.