India never allows intolerance: President
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said intolerance has never been allowed in India and unity in diversity with mutual coexistence and understanding is the strength of the country.
Mukherjee said the mutual co-existence and understanding is the country's strength and managing this diversity its greatest power.
"If it is said Indians are argumentative, I will agree. But if it is said Indians are intolerant, I refuse to agree. Intolerance has never been allowed," he said.
"There will be diversity of opinion. People of India have the capacity to find the bond of unity", the President said here after inaugurating the five-day river festival 'Namami Brahmaputra'.
He said there are 200 languages spoken across the length and breath of India while all major seven religions are practised in the country.
"Nowhere in the world is found so much ethnic diversity," Mukherjee said.
"Despite that we are one nation, have one Constitution, living under one flag, one system maintaining regional identity. We are one nation," he said.