Indian economy needs a strong push: President

New Delhi: Sharing with the students his experience in politics of India post-Independence, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday stressed on social performance for economic growth of the country.

Speaking on India's security issues, Mukherjee explained the factors that had transformed India since its Independence. He also pointed out what was required in order to make India economically strong.

Mukherjee said homegrown terrorism is the biggest menace in the world today, but India has been broadly spared from it.

He attributed this to the success of India's governance and administration that ensured that homegrown terrorism did not lift his hydra head.

He was addressing the students of Classes 11 and 12 of the Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya at the President Estate. This was second year in a row that he met the students on the occasion of Teachers' Day.

Terming Secularism the strength of India, Mukherjee said: "Secularism is part of our life and it is still unfolding."

Post-Independence, there was communal disharmony, however, India should be glad that her leaders and statesmen kept the people united, he said.

Referring to the violence during the Independence, Mukherjee said: "We faced major problems in maintaining communal harmony then. However, we must keep in mind the background in which our Constitution was adopted. Psychologically, it was a traumatic situation."