India's unflinching commitment to democracy is the reason behind India's growing global stature, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday during a special sitting to mark 60 years of parliament.
“One of the reasons for our growing global stature in the world is our unflinching commitment to pursuing the democratic path to achieving social and economic salvation,” the prime minister said addressing the Rajya Sabha.
“India have repeatedly reposed their faith in the democracy. In recent years, they are making their voice heard more forcefully by voting in higher numbers in parliamentary, state assembly and panchayat elections,” he said.
Saying the upper house has justified the two house system, the prime minister also stressed on restoring the decorum that is “expected from the house of elders".
“It is not to say that we should not reflect the concern and the regrettable unwillingness on occasions to engage in the discussions,” he said.
The parliament is having a special sitting Sunday to mark 60 years of the first sitting of the Lok Sabha.