Dr. Pallam Raju also observed that India was going through a phase of immense growth after liberalisation and `unleashing of economy’.

Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju on Friday called for greater involvement of political parties in the Indian polity.

Addressing the gathering after releasing a book ‘Dialogue and democracy’, a compilation of articles by eminent personalities brought out by the Centre for Policy Studies of Gayatri Vidya Parishad, at the Visakhapatnam Public Library, he observed that the Indian polity was inward looking due to many issues and there was a role for political parties to play. In this context, he cited the example of National Defence College where they had large exposure to what’s happening worldwide. “That should be the place where our Indian political parties should also work,” he opined. Power was not going to last for ever and so all our political parties should contribute to the polity, he stated.

Noting that India’s greatest strength was its vibrant and active democracy going by the keenness with which elections were fought even at the primary level, the Minister recalled that there was a time when village head told the voters whom to vote, but now it was different.

Dr. Pallam Raju also observed that India was going through a phase of immense growth after liberalisation and `unleashing of economy’. Right now, Indian society was being carried away at all levels by the prosperity so much so it went by things such as who owned the biggest car. Instead, the generation of wealth should be used for inclusive growth – to reach the lowest strata of people, he felt. However, one ‘bigger stumbling block is lack of capacity building and we should strive to raising consciousness. Despite excellent research and growth, India was not translating it into product, and there was also no effective delivery system, he remarked, and advised follow up action to achieve results.

The Minister complimented the CPS and GVP for focussing effectively on issues and publishing articles.

Earlier, President of GVP and former Mayor D.V. Subba Rao welcomed the guest and Director of CPS A. Prasanna Kumar said so far over 15 volumes were brought out and the present one was dedicated to former Collector Abid Hussain whose article also figured in the book. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Chopra also welcomed the Minister who was felicitated by the organisers at the beginning of the function.

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