by Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday undertook a two-day visit to Assam to inaugurate a cultural programme. Dhankhar inaugurated the folk festival “Lokmantan-2022” organised by cultural organisation “Pragya Pravah” at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present on the occasion. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar today called for creating a strong atmosphere of discussion and dialogue among the people and said others Intolerance to people’s views is wrong in terms of proper exchange of ideas.Referring to india’s great legacy of debate, discussion and knowledge sharing, the Vice President said that among the masses Lessons can be drawn from the past to enhance the quality of discussions, especially in legislatures. Shri Dhankhar said that television or television in the rush to portray khudkhu better than others and remain at the centre of public eye. The debates on social media are turning into the maida of aggressive fighting.” He asked the media to take the initiative in this direction and He called for introspection and making unique, original and marginalised voices a place to come into the mainstream. Calling for healthy and open discussions, the Vice President said that the time has come when we have to come out of the social structures and social media algorithms and give a way to clean ideas to come to our minds. “We have to revive the art of sunsu ne and also rediscover the art of dialogue.The Vice President inaugurated the third edition of ‘Lokmanthan’, a national dialogue organised by Pragya Pravah, in Guwahati today. Lauding the organisers for highlighting the rich cultural ethos of North East East India, Dhankhar said that In their diversity, “the cultural practices of the region are imbued with quintessential Indian values of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood.” resonate. The Vice President highlighted the bhumibhoomi of intellectuals in Indian society and how various saints gave historical advice on policy to kings and ensured harmony and stability in the society. Calling upon the intellectuals to discuss the current issues, he said, “If our intellectuals decide to opt for chupchupi in the present times, then this very important section of the society will be silent forever.” They should practice dialogue and deliberation independently so as to protect social morality and propriety.