Source: News Bharati English23 Sep 2016 17:03:00

New Delhi, September 23: President Pranab Mukherjee released the book ‘Citizen and Society’ written by Vice President  Hamid Ansari on Friday at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The President said the theme of the book by Vice-President reminds us of our responsibilities as citizens.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that  Ansari has, with great clarity and élan, drawn attention to this fact. President said the marvel that is Indian democracy needs to be constantly nurtured by its citizens.

President complimented Ansari for bringing out the volume, which is a collection of Ansari’s lectures on diverse themes. He said that he normally receives books but made an exception in this case because he has known Ansari for many years not just as Vice President but as a scholar, diplomat and conscientious citizen of this great country.

The President said when Ansari took oath as the Vice President of the Republic for his first term; the media had asked whether he was ‘apolitical’. His response was that “No citizen is apolitical; as a citizen, by definition, has to take interest in public affairs”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke on the occasion and complimented the Vice President on the release of his book. He said the world is changing and technology has transformed citizens into netizens. In the present context, we must preserve our traditions and family values which are our greatest strength.

Speaking about his book, Vice President Hamid Ansari said his volume was a collection of lectures on diverse themes such as polity, security and empowerment. He said he has made an effort to probe the diversity of challenges that confront India.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion included former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, Vijay Goel, MoS (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs and Sports and Members of Parliament.