New Delhi(ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said the essence of democracy is the liberation of ideas and thoughts.
“True liberation can come only through creative minds and they must be therefore nurtured and supported,” he added.
Responding to the innovation scholars, writers and artists, who were part of the two week In-Residence programme in the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, President Mukherjee described them as ‘creative minds and ‘doers’.
President Mukherjee said that he had initiated the programme to support creative minds and added that his goal was to demystify the Rashtrapati Bhavan which despite several decades in public life in Delhi was a mystery to him before he became President.
The President said the In-Residence programme was part of a demystification exercise and an effort to nurture creative minds.
President Mukherjee expressed happiness that all the participants had found the experience fruitful and enjoyed their stay.
He was touched by the fact that some of the participants were as young as 14-15 years and staying away from home for the first time.
He said the Rashtrapati Bhavan is privileged to nurture such talented and creative persons who make important contribution to the progress of civilization and culture.
The President requested the innovation scholars, writers and artists, especially the young amongst them, to remember in future when they are at the zenith of their creativity that “an old man once expressed his good will for your success”.
Speaking on the occasion, all the participants in the In-Residence programme spoke emotionally about their experience. They also informed the President that the programme had transformed their lives.