The interim Congress chief mentioned that ‘the current authorities, is standing opposite to democratic system, constitutional values’

New Delhi: In her Independence Day message, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday mentioned these had been “testing times” for Indian democracy and other people need to introspect if there’s freedom within the nation to ask questions, disagree or search accountability.

Since independence, India has examined its democratic values from time to time and always developed them, Gandhi mentioned. She alleged that “the present government, it seems, is standing contrary to democratic system, constitutional values and established traditions. These are also testing times for Indian democracy”.

Gandhi mentioned in the present day all citizens need to introspect and assume what freedom means.

“Is there freedom in the country today to write, to speak, to ask questions, to disagree, to have views, to seek accountability?” she requested, and added that “as a responsible opposition this is our responsibility that we make every effort and struggle to keep India”s democratic independence intact.”

India shouldn’t be solely well-known the world over for its democratic values and pluralism of various languages, religions, and sects, however it is usually recognized for going through adversity with unity, she mentioned in her message on the event of the 74th Independence Day. Her message was in Hindi.

“Today, as the entire world is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, India will have to unitedly defeat this pandemic and set an example. I can say with full confidence that all of us together will come out of this pandemic and the state of severe economic crisis,” Gandhi mentioned.

Gandhi additionally referred to the Galwan Valley clashes in jap Ladakh in June, saying that 60 days have handed since 20 Indian troopers, together with Colonel Suresh Babu, laid down their lives, attaining martyrdom.

“I pay tributes to them and salute their bravery, and urge the government to honour their valour and give them due respect. Thwarting the Chinese incursions and protecting the sovereignty of motherland would be the greatest tribute to them,” she added.

She wished the countrymen on Independence Day, and hoped for a vibrant democratic future for the nation.

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