Sushanta Talukdar

GUWAHATI: President Pratibha Patil on Monday urged panchayats to take an oath that they will not resort to violence in their villages. Addressing a function at the presentation of Nirmal Gram Puraskar awards to Panchayati Raj Institutions of the eastern region here, Ms. Patil said villages had an important role in maintaining peace and to be units of tolerance and harmonious living.

“If the world is today enthusiastic in adopting Mahatma Gandhi’s message of non-violence, we in his land of birth, have the first duty to abide by these principles. We must not allow incidents that occurred in some parts of the country to be repeated, as they are not the way of life as we in India know it and we must reject them,” she said.

Differences could be resolved through discussions and dialogues and existing democratic institutions.