Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that social justice and terrorism were among the major challenges faced by Indian democracy as the nation celebrated 60 years of Parliament.
“Social justice, elimination of poverty, healthcare, women’s empowerment, these are all greater challenges in the decades to come,” Mr. Jaitley said while speaking in the Upper House in a special sitting to mark 60 years of the Lok Sabha.
“We still continue to face the curse of terrorism and insurgency. Let us resolve there will be no politics in these issues. We will not only eliminate but sense will be that those who rebel outside the system one day, we will get them within the system,” he said.
He also paid tribute to those security officials, who lost their lives in the attack on Parliament in December 2001.
“The last 60 years have seen collapse of many democracies. For a poor country, it is more difficult to sustain a democracy. From poverty, we have come to being a developing nation,” Mr. Jaitley said. “Not only did we survive, we have the distinction of becoming world’s largest democracy,” he added.