Institutions of India's liberal democracy need to be strengthened and must assert themselves in defence of the Constitution, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday amid nationwide protests against the amended citizenship law. Young people have recently reminded the country that freedom is best secured in the custody of enlightened citizens and when it is protected for all, he said.
In his address at the launch of former Union minister Ashwini Kumar's book 'Human Dignity -- A purpose in perpetuity' here, Singh said institutions of "our liberal and libertarian democracy" have been put to test on several occasions when fundamental freedoms were threatened.
These institutions, nurtured over the years, need to be strengthened and must assert themselves in defence of the Constitution, he said.
Indeed, the idea of freedom can acquire shape and form in the lives of our people only if they can live as equal citizens under the law, the former prime minister said.
His remarks come amid raging protests against the amended citizenship law and the Kerala government approaching the Supreme Court against the CAA.