New Delhi [India], December 19 (ANI): Former president Pranab Mukherjee has said that only economic development is not enough to mark the progress of the country, suggesting that besides the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there should be gross domestic happiness present too.Also Read - Russian President Vladimir Putin to Visit New Delhi on December 6 For 21st India-Russia Annual Summit

“Today, to mark the advancement of society, progress of the country, not merely the economic development, beside Gross Domestic Product, there should be Gross Domestic Happiness. A happy society is to be created,” Mukherjee said. Also Read - Highlights India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match : IND Win By 73 Runs, NZ Whitewashed 3-0

The former president also threw some light on the principles of Swami Vivekanand and said, “In 1893, Vivekanand propagated the basic philosophy of Hinduism at Chicago Parliament of religion. He emphasized on the service of humanity. Service of man is to serve God. This is accepted by all civilisations of the world.” Also Read - Highlights | India vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Match: IND Beat NZ By 7 Wickets, Clinch T20I Series

He further said, “Simultaneously, he propounded tolerance, acceptance, celebration of diversity is essential for cultural restoration of all countries which are overwhelmingly influenced by western culture. Dominance of one culture can’t be objective of human progress”.

On Saturday, Mukherjee had received the Chandrasekarendra Saraswati National Eminence Award for public leadership at the Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Festival.

The event was hosted by the South Indian Education Society (SIES). (ANI)

This is published unedited from the ANI feed.