President Pranab Mukherjee amidst rising intolerance in the country once again reminded the people that “India has thrived because of tolerance”.

President Mukherjee said, “Pluralism has tested times. It must be preserved.”

As a country of 1.3 billion people and with people speaking 120 languages and following various faiths, such a diverse country had survived trying times only because of tolerance, said President Mukherjee.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee supported President Mukherjee’s views and tweeted the following: