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New Delhi: Democracy in India can flourish only if there is an active Parliament, politicians have a clear vision and if their efforts are supported and supplemented by a diligent government and an independent judiciary, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday.

He was speaking at a function to give away the 24th Saraswati Samman award, instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation to recognize eminent literary work.

M. Veerappa Moily, former Union petroleum minister and former chief minister of Karnataka, received the award for his Shri Ramayana Mahanveshanam, a work of about 43,000 lines inspired by Valmiki’s epic Ramayana.

After conferring the award, Mukherjee said that Moily had managed to successfully convey that modern India had a lot to learn from the age-old epic.

“He (Moily) has shared his belief that present day India has a lot to learn from the Ramayana—especially that our nation-building efforts must be based on the strong foundation of tolerance, pluralism and inclusiveness. I laud Moily for selecting the effective medium of poetry and the timeless theme of the Ramayana to deliver this important message. I congratulate him for reminding us, through his powerful verse, that the challenges that our society faces today can be resolved if we follow our ancient value systems."

Mukherjee said that in many instances, Moily’s work reflected his own thinking—that India’s “democracy can only flourish if there is active Parliament, if representatives of the people have a clear vision, if their efforts are supported and supplemented by a diligent government and an independent judiciary. Additionally, the system depends on a responsible media and a vigilant society".

The President’s comments come against the backdrop of a logjam in Parliament since the start of the monsoon session on 21 July. The opposition parties have been stalling proceedings demanding the resignations of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on charges of impropriety.

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