Prime minister says India is ‘committed’ to democracy

Yesterday (May 13th) Indian politicians celebrated 60 years of parliament with a special day-long session at the Sansad Bhavan in New Delhi.

At the event, a series of speakers took the opportunity to detail how democracy has helped the country improve and grow since the Indian constitution was drawn up in 1950, the New York Times reported.

Among those speaking to the Upper House of Parliament was India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh, who spoke of the country’s “unflinching commitment to pursuing a democratic path to achieving our social and economic salvation”.

The leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, Sushma Swaraj, celebrated the freedom Indians have to vote in elections without fear.

“In India the change of government has always taken place through ballot and never by bullet,” she said.

India’s political history is most strongly associated with Mahatma Gandhi, who led the country to independence in the first half of the 20th century.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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