Inaugurating the first-ever International Conference of Indologists, he cited Swami Vivekananda's message that 'the world has yet to learn from India, the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy' as he sought to remind people of the high values for which the country has been known.

"We are today witnessing events without precedent; when the world is struggling to deal with the worst impulses of intolerance and hatred that mankind has ever witnessed.” the President cited.

"At such a time, there can be no better recourse than to remind ourselves of the high values, written and unwritten samskaras (tradition), duties and the way of life that is the essence of India," he added.

He further stressed that "This is the time to reinforce the civilisational values that bind together the complex diversity of modern-day India and promote them among our people and the world".

Ever since the Dadri lynching incident and subsequent events, Mukherjee has been appealing for tolerance and pluralism.

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