Indian democracy overcomes obstacles, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi


Former Union Cabinet Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi lauded the resilience of Indian democracy during his address at the valedictory session of a training program held by the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies in New Delhi. He emphasised that despite numerous potential impediments, the nation’s democratic system has been successful in overcoming challenges.
Naqvi highlighted the unique diversity within India’s democracy, which accommodates over 900 languages, followers of nearly all global religions, more than 100 dietary habits, over 65 cultural traditions, and numerous clothing styles. Despite these complexities, he pointed out the spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” (One Great India) that has preserved the country’s unity.
Underscoring the importance of “Unity in Diversity”, Naqvi stressed that political adversity has not managed to sabotage the nation’s principles of nationalism. He credits the nation’s inclusive culture, commitment to constitutional norms, and robust democratic values as the driving forces behind India’s success.
Naqvi expressed concern over the potential harm “feudal arrogance” could cause to parliamentary decorum and constitutional values if it takes the place of “political dissent”. He cautioned against the misuse of freedom of speech to denigrate the country’s constitutional and democratic values, stating that such freedoms should not become “armour of anarchy and abuse”.
Naqvi praised the Indian Parliamentary system, which he stated has become an ideal for the entire world, having demonstrated that “democracy can deliver”. He added that despite difficulties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has elevated the nation’s democracy through determined leadership.
Highlighting the influence of the digital era on parliamentary procedures, he noted that India is playing a leading role in ensuring these processes are smooth and hassle-free.
The training programme, organised by the Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) and the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE), aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of legislative drafting techniques and principles. It was attended by officials from the Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, various state Legislative Assemblies, and several Central and State government ministries.