Constitution, statecraft cannot be rigid in a democracy: Pranab

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said neither the Constitution nor the basic principles of statecraft can remain rigid and stagnant in a vibrant democracy. Mukherjee was addressing a group of LLB students of Hooghly Mohsin College of West Bengal who had called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said neither the Constitution nor the basic principles of statecraft can remain rigid and stagnant in a vibrant democracy. Mukherjee was addressing a group of LLB students of Hooghly Mohsin College of West Bengal who had called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The President told the students that law is the essence of any civilised order, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said. He said the first task of law practitioners and students was to uphold the Constitution in its letter and spirit and protect fundamental rights of the people under all circumstances.

The President said that in a living democracy and growing society, neither the Constitution nor the basic principles of statecraft can remain rigid and stagnant. "This is because new situations keep emerging which must be addressed within the framework of the Constitution. A number of amendments to the Constitution have, therefore, taken place," Mukherjee said.

The President said the principle of equality, liberty, fraternity and social justice should always remain uppermost in their minds. He congratulated the students and told them that they represent a premiere and pioneering institution of West Bengal whose brilliant alumni included illustrious luminaries like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.

The group is in the national capital on an educational tour and to observe the proceedings of the Supreme Court.

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