Respect the existence of plurality of identities: Hamid Ansari
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 12, 2011, 22:27
Varanasi: Indian multiculturalism has set high standards for the world to follow but many doubts are being raised about its feasibility in different parts of the world, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said on Saturday.

Speaking on the theme 'Nationalism and Internationalism in the world of tomorrow', Ansari said the challenge of resolving tensions remains work in progress.

"Homogenisation or assimilation, however, is not the answer; it is neither feasible nor desirable," the Vice President said while delivering an address at annual convocation of Banaras Hindu University. Ansari opined that a de-nationalisation of the state appears to be in progress.

"We increasingly encounter the role of supra-national and sub-national entities. On the one hand, there are global problems that transcend national borders in their origin and impact," Ansari said.

He clubbed pandemics, climatic and environmental disasters and economic crisis in this category and said the need was global solutions through international consultation, cooperation and enforcement.


First Published: Saturday, March 12, 2011, 22:27

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