Referring to the agitation against the new citizenship law, former President Pranab Mukherjee, here on Thursday, said it was heartening to see people raising their voices and asserting their belief in the Constitution.
Speaking at the first Sukumar Memorial Lecture, Mukherjee said the Indian democracy had been tested time and again.
The last few months had witnessed a large numbers of people coming out on the streets to voice their views on issues that in their opinion were important, the former President said.
He praised the stellar role played by the Election Commission in strengthening India’s democracy.
On the development activities getting hindered by elections, Mukherjee said the model code of conduct could be amended.
The former President said the strength of Parliament should be revised to reflect the growth in the electorate and steps to ensure adequate representation of women in the legislatures.
The Sukumar Sen Memorial lecture was organised as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, who supervised the first two general elections, Assembly polls, putting India firmly on the map of democracy.