"Living with diversity, finding unity in diversity is practised in India over centuries. That is why many people wonder how is it possible in India, in one system of administration, in one Constitution, in one way of legal jurisprudence and functioning.

"Is it possible to accommodate, to absorb so much diversity. Many a time we are confronted with these questions," he asked and answered himself that 'the answer lies in our civilisational values'.

The President was speaking during a function to celebrate 500th year of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's advent in Vrindavan. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a revered monk and a reformer in the medieval India.

Mukherjee said that (civilisational values) is the reason why we live with 128 crores of people, the second largest population of the world, with almost all major religions. Seven major religions are practised in India, more than 100 languages are spoken and over 1,600 dialects are used in India, he said.

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