India should be proud of its democracy: Khurshid

With some Arab countries witnessing mass movement for democracy and reforms, Union Minister Salman Khurshid said India should be proud of its democracy despite disagreements among various sections.

Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 18:22 PM IST

New Delhi: With some Arab countries
witnessing mass movement for democracy and reforms, Union
Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said India should be proud of
its democracy despite disagreements among various sections.

"If you look around the world, I think, Indians can
congratulate themselves that the untiredness of our democracy,
underscore the fact that the democracy is indispensable and
democracy is the best way in which one human being can respect
other human being," the Water Resources Minister said at a
workshop on Water and Climate Change.
The workshop was jointly organised by the Norwegian
Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research and The
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India.
Speaking in the presence of Research and Higher Education
Minister of Norway Tora Aasland, Khurshid, however, did not
name Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan which are witnessing movements
for democracy and reforms.
"In a democracy, particularly in a vibrant democracy like
ours...described often... in a democracy of argumentative
people...it is not easy to find agreement. And you may
possibly discover many disagreements. But we do hope that
greater and enlightened democracy will remain in this
country," Khurshid, who is also holding the portfolio of
Minority Affairs, said.

"As a nation, we learnt the hard lessons of democracy,"
the Minister said.

PTI