Avoid Parliamentary Disruptions – “Agree to Disagree”: Prof M S Swaminathan
Chennai, February 17, 2016: One of our great blessings is the adherence to secular democracy expressed through our Parliament. Unfortunately off late disruptions of Parliamentary work are becoming more frequent as often pointed out by our Rashtrapati. Therefore I would like to quote from my Farewell Speech at the Rajya Sabha delivered on 22 March 2013:
“All here are aware of the path-breaking work of Charles Darwin in elucidating the origin of species, including ourselves, through evolution. Darwin’s wife, Emma, was a staunch catholic and the theory of evolution was considered blasphemy both to Catholics and several other religious groups at that time. She was once asked how she managed to live peacefully with Charles considering that his theory of evolution was unacceptable to her. She replied, “Charles lives by reason and I live by faith; what leads to faith is feeling and not reasoning. We agree to disagree and live happily together”
“Agreeing to disagree and living happily together” is the very essence of democracy. I am confident that this House will always uphold this principle and thereby remain the flagship of our secular democratic republic.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.